Animal rescue workers are busy caring for abandoned animals given as Christmas gifts.

The animal rescue services in Cork are now appeal for homes to take in these unwanted pets. 

The bright Christmas presents dumped within days of the festive season.

According to Alan Tuohy, Manager of the Animals Home in Cork, they have taken in around sixty-five stray dogs since St Stephen's Day. Homes have already been found for around twenty-five of these abandoned pets, and a further ten of the dogs have been reclaimed by their owners. Over the Christmas period, the centre has also taken in two goats, two rabbits, and about twenty cats. 

Despite all the requests for people not to give animals as Christmas presents, once again these appeals have been ignored. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 January 1988. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.