ABANDONED dogs and puppies are still a huge problem for the RSPCA during the festive season.
The animal charity receive more than 800 calls about dumped puppies in December every year.
And the problems is as bad in West Yorkshire as in other parts of the country.
There is an average of 463 calls during Christmas about cats and kittens that have been abandoned by their owners.
RSPCA chief officer Andy Foxcroft, said one of the biggest problems is pets still being given as presents despite the charity's ongoing `A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas' campaign.
He said: "Our message is simple - don't throw your old pet out, don't dump your new pet and don't give anyone a pet as a present.
"Anyone taking on a pet should carefully consider the cost, care and commitment involved in looking after a pet for the rest of its life.
"It is not a decision to be taken lightly, or on behalf of anyone else.
"The number of calls we receive about abandoned cats and dogs are of particular concern. The figures were slightly down last year which is encouraging but of course just one abandoned animal is one too many."
Mr Foxcroft also said people who go away for Christmas often have trouble finding someone to look after their pets.
"I believe we get so many calls about abandoned cats and dogs because they are the most popular pets and owners may struggle to find someone to look after them if they go on holiday at Christmas," he said.
"Christmas should be a happy time but year after year our inspectors are called out to deal with abandoned and unwanted pets."