THE Cornish dog welfare group Canine Crusaders is appealing to the local community for increased support.
Volunteer Sue Smith says: "This month alone, 12 dogs have needed veterinary attention – mainly due to advanced dental and skin conditions.
"Costs soon mount up, and all this at a time when we have seen more dogs than ever before being given up for re-homing and a considerable reduction in the amount of donations coming in.
"There has also been a significant fall in the number of people looking to take on a dog."
Sue is appealing for donations – whether large or small – and also for people to become foster carers; for more information, call Canine Crusaders on 01209 717512.