STAFF at an animal rescue centre say potential owners are being prejudist to some dogs and cats - because of the colour of their fur.

The Blue Cross rescue centre in Topcliffe, near Thirsk, said it has noticed black and black and white cats stay at the centre far longer than fair furred felines.

Managers at the centre said Harvey, a four-year-old English bull terrier and Jack Russell cross, and Pippa, a ten-year-old Jack Russell, have been repeatedly overlooked due to their brindle colouring.

A Blue Cross spokeswoman said: “Harvey has been at the centre for 150 days, nearly five times the average stay of homeless dogs, and the only apparent reason is his colour.

“The second longest stay dog, Pippa, has been there for 70 days and is also brindle.”

She said staff are desperate to rehome both the dogs before they become too used to the centre’s kennels.

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