An animal sanctuary in Edenfield said it is “overrun” after being flooded with abandoned animals, including a blind dog.

Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary said it received 10 cats and dogs in just four days, adding that staff are “overrun” as the sanctuary is almost at full capacity.

One animals that was “dumped on the streets” was a blind 14-year-old lurcher/ Labrador cross, called Holly,

The sanctuary said she desperately needs a new home and to have someone to love her.

She is good with other dogs but they would have to be quiet and not want to jump all over her.

In the last week the charity has also seen a litter of kittens arriving with cat flu and a German Shepherd covered in mange, which is a skin disease.

Sanctuary manager Karen Weed said the cost of living crisis could be the cause of the influx in abandoned animals, as pet owners may no longer be able to afford their animals.

She said: "We have seen a huge increase in the number of animals needing our help. 

"As with all local rescues we are at capacity and the number of animals needing our help continues to grow. 

"The cost of living impact is really hitting animals with many owners no longer being able to afford to care for their pets. 

"Many of the animals coming into the sanctuary are needing urgent veterinary care or coming in in very poor states. 

"In the last week alone we have seen litters of kittens arriving with cat flu, a German Shepherd covered in mange and now Holly who is blind."

To donate to the sanctuary, or consider adopting an animal, visit the Bleakholt website: