There was an increase in the number of people who looked to have dogs rehomed at the start of this year, according to a dog charity.

Dogs Trust reported a 58% increase in the number of people who contacted them in the first three months of this year, when compared to 2016.

756 people contacted the charity between January and March 2017, compared to 479 people last year.

The most common reason for someone looking to give up their dog was a lack of time to look after them anymore.

Launching its annual Christmas awareness campaign, the charity reiterated the mantra that 'a dog is for life, not just for Christmas.'