AN ANIMAL sanctuary near Whittlebury is desperately appealing for volunteers and foster carers as it copes with three times as many dogs than normal.
This month Jane Shepherd of the Algernon Trust collected a young dog called Theo, believed to be a Bichon Frise, from a lay by near the pedestrian bridge connecting Stony Stratford to Deanshanger.
Mrs Shepherd said the lay by has become popular with people dumping animals and that Theo is now the 18th dog under her care.
Mrs Shepherd said she was contacted by someone who saw a van pull up in the lay by, push Theo out of the door, and drive off.
Theo was in a terrible condition, suffering from mange and had injuries which Mrs Shepherd thinks were inflicted by vigorous clipping.
She added: “It took the vet 20 minute to remove the last horrible mat of hair at the end of his tail and he was 30 per cent bald.
“But he’s going to be completely cured very shortly, and I think he’ll be incredibly handsome and will make someone a lovely pet.”
Mrs Shepherd suspects the influx in animals is down to the economic climate and cites one example where a woman forced into a smaller flat was unable to take her cat with her.
Support the sanctuary during its Spring Fair on Sunday, May 13, call 01327 858238, 07977 555238 or visit www.algernontrust.org.uk.