A Chihuahua rescue is preparing for an influx of pups, as the post-Christmas reality of dog ownership sets in for many.
Chihuahua Rescue Trust Founder Casey Walters says at their busiest point last year they were taking in a dog every day.
She says people think Chihuahuas are mostly self-sufficient like cats, but the breed has complex and often expensive needs.
"It's kind of becoming a less of a trend to have dogs as gifts. We've done a lot of work in trying to stamp that out, but in saying that, I've already had two in the last couple of days."
Walters says the small animals are wrongly seen as low-maintenance.
"They are great companions, but when the reality sets in, they need training, they need routine, they can't pick themselves up. It's a commitment."
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