WIRRAL RSPCA kennels have been forced to close due to lack of funds.

The kennels at Cross Lane, Wallasey will close down in a bid to secure the long term future of the rest of the animal centre.

The decision, which was confirmed on April 8, was made as the process of re-homing dogs continued slow down and the branch’s reserves fell to a “concerning” level.

It will mean some job cuts and changes to work patterns for remaining staff.

A Cross Lane branch spokesman said: “It is a very sad day for the branch as it has proved necessary to close the kennels, as the centre has always been known affectionately as the Wallasey Dogs Home.

“The closure will lead to further staff redundancies and changes in work hours for the remaining staff”.

The centre insisted that no dogs would be euthanized as part of the move and they would be relocated to another RSPCA centre or private kennels.

Anyone interested in re-homing one of the dogs can call in at the Animal Centre where staff will do a “meet and greet” with the prospective owner.

The kennels are due to close in June.