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The Dogs Trust received more than 300 calls in two days last week about rehoming unwanted dogsALAMY

Dogs are being abandoned or handed into rescue centres after being used as “four-legged nannies” for children during the school holidays, according to a canine charity.

The Dogs Trust receives an average of 100 calls a day on various issues, but it had 171 alone about rehoming unwanted dogs last Monday and 146 on Tuesday.

The charity fears some parents buy dogs, dubbed “Mary Puppins”, to entertain children over the holidays and then “disregard them come September” when the children go back to school.

Last week it received a call from parents who had bought a nine-week-old spaniel for their teenage son, saying they could no longer look after the puppy as the boy had returned to school.

It echoes the problem of pets abandoned…

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