Hundreds of miniature pooches are abandoned by owners who bought them as fashion accessories

Dumping of the handbag dogs: Hundreds of miniature pooches are now being abandoned by owners who bought them as fashion accessories

1:02 AM on 12th September 2011

Can you help Shelby, a two-year-old chihuahua bitch, is at Dogs Trust Shoreham, West Sussex. Call 01273 452 576 for more information

Can you help Shelby, a two-year-old chihuahua bitch, is at Dogs Trust Shoreham, West Sussex. Call 01273 452 576 for more information

Halo, left, and Brody, right, are two chihuahua who are currently housed at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, in Huyton Liverpool

Halo, left, and Brody, right, are two chihuahua who are currently housed at the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre, in Huyton Liverpool

Fuelling the trend: Many of the dogs

Fuelling the trend: Many of the dogs” owners are following the lead of celebrities such as Paris Hilton

Whisky is a three-year-old Yorkshire terrier who needs a new home. Call Dogs Trust Darlington on 01325 333 114 for more information

Whisky is a three-year-old Yorkshire terrier. While he doesn’t like strangers and needs an experienced new owner, Whisky still loves a cuddle with his favourite people, as well as playing with his toys. Call Dogs Trust Darlington on 01325 333 114 for more information

Mowgli is a one-year-old pomeranian who was treated like a baby rather than a dog. Call Dogs Trust Harefield on 01895 453 930 for more information

Mowgli is a one-year-old pomeranian who was found straying in Scotland. Mowgli has been treated like a baby rather than a dog, so needs a committed and determined new owner to train him. Call Dogs Trust Harefield on 01895 453 930 for more information