CALLS for compulsory animal desexing have been made after the Bundaberg RSPCA was forced to send away 19 unwanted puppies that were dumped at the shelter during the Christmas break.

RSPCA Inspector Amanda Yates said the shelter was forced to refuse private surrenders of puppies during the festive break because of the influx of dumped animals, which have now been sent to the RSPCA's Animal Care Campus in Brisbane.

"We sent three litters yesterday morning to Wacol, and another two in the afternoon," she said.

"It's so frustrating because we try so hard to rehome those animals but we simply can't rehome that many animals."

Ms Yates said the extraordinary spike came down to the "same old thing" - owners not desexing their animals.

"Then they realise they can't home the litter and come in and dump them on us," she said.

"It's really frustrating that for such a small area of people, we can have this many unwanted litters.

"One of the litters last week, they were found dumped in a box by the side of the road."

Ms Yates said it should be compulsory for pet owners to desex their animals.

"The price we charge for adoption, we're running at a loss because we have microchipping and desexing done," she said.



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