Animal shelters fear over-crowding after restrictions are lifted

Animal shelters in Germany fear overcrowding

with the flood of pets being returned after lockdown restrictions were lifted

LOCATION: REICHELSHEIM, GERMANY

(SOUNDBITE) (German) HEAD OF ANIMAL WELFARE ORGANISATION, UTE HEBERER, SAYING:"These are families who had a lot of time, who were at home, there were many children whose dream to own a dog came true and they got a dog from somewhere. They either bought them on the internet and often, these dogs were illegal imports. There were many sick animals and there were also dogs with behavioral problems due to the way they were raised. And then all the dog schools were closed. That means the families couldn't get any help when they needed it."

The chances of finding a new home for the dogs are slim

Animal shelters often end up taking in the dogs for good, without financial support

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