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Dogs dumped after the holidays

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  Little Prince is just a few weeks old. The puppy was found on the side of the road on New Year's Eve; dumped after Christmas

"[The] person [was] driving down the road and dumped [the dog] out," says Tri-City Animal Control director, Angela Zilar. "He's just a baby so he's what six eight weeks old and so that tells you they haven't had this dog for very long."

The Tri-City Animal Control gets more dumped dogs this time of year. Ten, so far after the holidays mostly from owners who got them as gifts.

"Every year we see it is a big problem because people give pets as gifts and the people necessarily did not want one," Zilar says.

Giving animals as gifts is an age old problem; one the Humane Society tries to nip by preventing adoptions that will become gifts.

"We are looking for the good matches between animals and people," says BFHS director, Ed Dawson. "If somebody is surprised by a gift of a dog, puppy, cat or kitten and they don't really want them, then its just going to end up back here."