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Pet scam warning Pet scam warning

Animal lovers are being warned not to fall for an international pet phone scam this Christmas, it has been reported. North Lanarkshire Trading Standards has urged people not to reply to a spate of online and free paper advertisements ...

Obi is hearing dog of month Obi is hearing dog of month

One Taunton dog has been named Hearing Dog of the Month by a charity for his work helping his deaf owner, it has been reported. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has recognised Obi's contributions towards assisting his owner, Dot Piper, ...

Pete prefers pussycat Pete prefers pussycat

Troubled rockstar Pete Doherty put his pet pussy before his band's scheduled performance after his beloved cat went into labour this weekend, it has been reported. Babyshambles singer Pete was due to be playing with his band at the ...

Cancer-detecting dog Cancer-detecting dog

An Asian biotech firm has cloned canines it claims can detect cancer in patients, it has been reported. South Korean firm RNL Bio has revealed four Labrador puppies have been duplicated from a Japanese dog that used to sniff out ...

Search is on for rescue cat of the year Search is on for rescue cat of the year

The search is on for rescue cat of the year ahead of a lavish ceremony in the summer. The Rescue Cat Awards 2008 are intended to showcase some the heroic stories behind the country's rescue cats. "There is something very special ...

Dead dog not illegal Dead dog not illegal

An aggressive dog shot dead by police marksmen after it attacked a man was not classified as illegal. The dog had dragged a 46-year-old man around by the hand in the attack in Cherry Street, Blackburn, causing him extensive injuries, ...

Group releases pet travel advice Group releases pet travel advice

An industry group has launched an advisory guide for owners planning on taking their pets on trips to foreign destinations. The British Veterinary Association's Animal Welfare Foundation (BVA AWF) has published its information source ...

Pets prevent cancer? Pets prevent cancer?

Owning a pet can reduce people's chances of developing cancer, it has been reported. Researchers have found that regular exposure to either cats or dogs can reduce the likelihood of suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, according ...

Family rapped over pet birds Family rapped over pet birds

An eco family have been ordered to get rid of their pet chickens after complaints, it has been reported. The Rugby household kept around 25 chickens in the back garden of their council home in an attempt to adopt a sustainable-living ...

Mosque allows guide dogs in Mosque allows guide dogs in

A UK mosque has made a special allowance to enable an 18-year-old blind Muslim permission to bring his guide dog into the place of worship, it has been reported. Dogs are deemed unclean in Islam and are therefore not allowed in temple ...

Couples fight over pets Couples fight over pets

Custody of the family pet is becoming one of the most contested issues for divorcing couples, it has been claimed. Legal experts maintained that the family dog has joined children, money and valuable personal possessions at the heart ...

Reward offered for tunnelling terrier Reward offered for tunnelling terrier

The search continues for a missing dog that ran down a rabbit hole, according to reports. The Jack Russell ran down a riverside hole while chasing rabbits on the bank of the River Tees in Croft, North Yorkshire, according to the ...

Cat not welcome anymore Cat not welcome anymore

A homeless cat that had been adopted by pensioners has been kicked out of their sheltered accommodation and is not welcome there anymore. The feline's elderly owner who lived nearby died three years ago and the residents of Gleneagles ...

Firefighers prevent Parrot grilling Firefighers prevent Parrot grilling

A parrot has been plucked from a Morecambe flat's fiery inferno, it has emerged. The pretty polly was rescued by firefighters after a chip-pan fire in a first-floor property on Wednesday (April 30th), according to the Lakeland Echo. ...

3-legged dog takes a ride 3-legged dog takes a ride

A three-legged trainspotting dog was become a regular attraction on board a locomotive steam train, it has been reported. Peggy, who lost her leg in a car accident, often hobbles six miles from her Denbighshire home in Rhewl to the ...

Booger's back in first commercial pet clone Booger's back in first commercial pet clone

A South Korean firm has claimed it has cloned the first commercial pet dog. RNL Bio, a cell therapy organisation from Seoul, has made five cloned puppies from a US woman's dead pit bull Booger. A team of the company's scientists ...

Fouling dogs given red card Fouling dogs given red card

Rugby players in one Yorkshire village have declared war on irresponsible pet owners, it has been reported. Dogs have been banned from Eversley Park playing fields in Sherburn-in-Elmet because of dog walkers failing to clear up their ...

Lucky the dog rescued from sewage tank Lucky the dog rescued from sewage tank

A Doncaster dog has been rescued after getting himself into a stinky situation when he got stuck in a tank of raw sewage, it has been reported. Danny Lang, of Second Avenue, Woodlands, also fell into the sewage container while calling ...

Cat keeps nine lives after telegraph poll drama Cat keeps nine lives after telegraph poll drama

A cat who found herself perched on top of a telegraph poll has been rescued by the fire brigade. The grey Persian climbed to the summit of the poll in Cheshire and was then unable to get back down. Local RSPCA officers were called ...

Cat turns up three years later Cat turns up three years later

A cat given up as lost has turned up again over three years later. Eight-year-old Sam bolted when his owner Elaine Woodham was taking him in her car to the vets. The feline was supposed to be having his annual jabs, but he had other ...

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