THREE dogs are at risk of having to be put to sleep after going kennel crazy.
Staff at the Stubbington Ark animal shelter are making an urgent appeal for members of the public to give the trio a new home.
Otherwise they will have to be put down to avoid them experiencing any further mental anguish.
Vanessa Eden, head of fundraising at the RSPCA Solent branch shelter in Ranvilles Lane, Stubbington, said: ‘Unfortunately, on rare occasions dogs in our care cannot handle kennel life well and eventually end up going “kennel crazy”.
‘When a dog gets close to this condition we all get worried at the shelter because in nine cases out of 10 the healthy dog has to be put to sleep to avoid any unnecessary mental suffering.’
Kennel crazy is a term used to describe a dog that has undergone a total behavioural change because they’ve been caged up for too long.
Some dogs in animal shelters have to be kept in the same kennel for more than a year as they wait to be adopted.
They pace and circle at the front of the cage and become very territorial, barking non-stop and in severe cases can self-harm.
Lexi is a 15-month-old brindle and white female Staffie who is normally sweet and affectionate and has attended training classes.
She loves to play with other dogs.
Bo is a four-year-old brindle and white male Staffie crossbreed who is not as brave as he appears and needs new owners who will take the time to help him.
Bo would love an active lifestyle with lots of mental and physical activity.
Marcus is a handsome three-year-old blue Doberman who is usually very calm.
He lived an isolated life as his previous owners owned lots of land so he did not leave the property.
He is looking for new owners who will be happy to socialise him.
For more information about adopting one of the Ark’s dogs (call 01329) 667541 or go to stubbingtonark.org.uk. Donations of towels, blankets and newspapers for the kennels are always gratefully received.