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Stolen dog heads to owner's local pub Stolen dog heads to owner's local pub

When German Shepherd dog Bracken escaped after being stolen, he knew that the best place to head was his owner's local pub. The Chorley Guardian reports that Bracken was found scratching at the door of The Harpers pub in Chorley ...

Three-legged Siamese cat spotted in Sidford Three-legged Siamese cat spotted in Sidford

A three-legged Siamese cat has been spotted in Sidford, making it the second one to be seen in the area this year, according to the Sidmouth Herald. Cat lover Julie Stedham saw the bedraggled moggy hobbling across the road last week ...

Fire dog celebrates 100th investigation Fire dog celebrates 100th investigation

A specially-trained dog has been recognised for his contribution to the fire service after visiting his 100th fire scene. CC the Labrador is one of only 17 fire dogs in the UK and has helped sniff out the cause of fires across the ...

Pet owners warned that throwing a stick 'can kill dogs' Pet owners warned that throwing a stick 'can kill dogs'

Throwing a stick for your dog could be dangerous for it, pet owners have been warned. According to academics from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, dogs suffer as many injuries from fetching sticks as they ...

Cats given the kiss of life by firemen after being overcome by smoke Cats given the kiss of life by firemen after being overcome by smoke

Six cats, which were overcome by smoke in a house fire, were given the kiss of life by firemen. Breathing apparatus usually reserved for babies was used to resuscitate the animals, meaning fire crews did not have to attempt mouth-to-mouth ...

Pet owners cutting back on food and treats Pet owners cutting back on food and treats

Pet owners are cutting down on food and medicine for their animals due to the credit crunch, it has been claimed. A survey by online pet group Petmeds and GfK NOP shows that 14 per cent of Brits are buying cheaper pet food, while ...

Pleas for help to find orphaned cat's family Pleas for help to find orphaned cat's family

The Cats Protection League is appealing for help in tracking down the owners of an orphaned cat this Christmas, the Sidmouth Herald reports. Newly-named Rufus, who is black and white, was found wandering the streets of Ottery St ...

Urban chicks 'lay golden eggs' Urban chicks 'lay golden eggs'

Families around the country are flocking to keep their own chickens to lay eggs during the economic downturn, it has been reported. According to the Guardian, urban hen keeping is on the rise and the animals are being touted as ...

Bunny born with Ear-rie problem Bunny born with Ear-rie problem

One Yorkshire teenager thought he had found a guinea pig imposter among his family of young rabbits before realising the little one was in fact a blighted bunny born without ears. John Haigh has decided to name the little furry fella ...

How to keep pets happy over Christmas How to keep pets happy over Christmas

Dogs and cats can become frightened over the busy Christmas period by unfamiliar routines and noise, according to one newspaper. The Daily Telegraph reports that while dogs may enjoy having family members around, they can become ...

Posties back ASBOs for dogs Posties back ASBOs for dogs

Plans to give vicious pooches "dog ASBOs" have been welcomed by Scotland's postmen and women, the Daily Record reports. Figures show that more than 6,000 postal workers are victims of dog attacks every year. It is hoped ...

Princess Beatrice offers reward for her missing pooch Princess Beatrice offers reward for her missing pooch

The Duchess of York is offering a reward for the safe return of her daughter Princess Beatrice's beloved dog Max, a Norfolk terrier. Max, who is cream and sand-coloured, was last seen on Wednesday (December 19th) chasing a squirrel ...

Family pets savaged Family pets savaged

A family has been left devastated after their pets were killed in two separate attacks, it has been reported. The Hilliers lost their four pet rabbits and two guinea pigs in the first attack that happened in their back garden in ...

Woman up for PDSA award Woman up for PDSA award

A dedicated animal lover has been nominated for an award by her colleagues, it has been reported. Jackie Garvey, of Walshaw Road, Bury has spent the last five years helping sick pets, according to This is Lancashire. She began ...

Vet warning this Xmas Vet warning this Xmas

One vet is warning animal lovers not to let their pets suffer in the cold this Christmas, it has been reported. The Whitnash vet claims that cold weather makes aches and pains worse for arthritic cats and dogs so they suffer more ...

Man banned from keeping dogs Man banned from keeping dogs

A pet owner has been convicted of animal cruelty for keeping 11 illegal fighting dogs in his basement flat, it has been reported. Brent magistrates' court this week ordered Akim Adelaja to serve 280 hours of unpaid work and banned ...

Dogs home almost full Dogs home almost full

An animal sanctuary in the capital is almost full due to the increasing trend of pet owners abandoning their animals, it has been reported. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home yesterday (December 16th) claimed it is at bursting point as ...

Catnapper pinches pets? Catnapper pinches pets?

Residents of a Durham town fear a catnapper could be on the loose after a string of animals have disappeared, it has been reported. Pet lover Kerry Charlton, from Consett, has lost three of her four beloved cats in the past three ...

Dog fostering service launched Dog fostering service launched

A new scheme has been set up in Manchester to deal with the seasonal growth in abandoned pets, it has been reported. Manchester Dogs' Home has set up a pet fostering service to deal with what they fear will be a Christmas of increasingly ...

Cat gets contacts Cat gets contacts

A rescue cat has undergone surgery to have a contact lens fitted after he was suffering from an eye condition, it has been reported. Ernest, who lives at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Godshill, ...

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 ...

RSPCA offers refuge for pets RSPCA offers refuge for pets

A quarter of people stay with their violent partner because they fear their pets will become the new punch-bag if they leave, one animal rights group has claimed. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) ...

Paws for festive thought Paws for festive thought

The Southport Visiter is searching for the town's most festive pets in a feature it is calling Santa Paws. Writers are encouraging readers to send in pictures of their pets in festive gear, reporting a strong response from local ...

Choosing dog will be Obama 'family event' Choosing dog will be Obama 'family event'

As the election fever dies down, the Obama family have stated that they will begin deciding which dog they wish to take in. The process has been hindered by their daughter Malia's allergies and by a need to settle in to a routine ...

Church conducts special blessing for animals Church conducts special blessing for animals

A church which is named after the patron saint of animals, St Francis's in Ormsgill, is conducting a special blessing for pets as a culmination to RSPCA Animal Action Week. The North-West Evening Mail reports that the church has ...

RSPCA viral raises awareness of overweight pets RSPCA viral raises awareness of overweight pets

A new viral advertising campaign from the RSPCA aims to boost awareness of the growing danger of pet obesity. The ad, Fed Up, which is part of the charity's Give Animals a Voice initiative, was created with the help of YouTube animator ...

Family rabbit tortured Family rabbit tortured

A Huyton family have been left heartbroken after their pet rabbit was tortured, it has been reported. Mum-of-three Joanne Parker found Flopsy barely alive on her front doorstep last month, according to the Liverpool Echo. The previous ...

Car home residents 'miss pets' Car home residents 'miss pets'

People going into care homes are traumatised by rules banning pets on site, it has been claimed. New research has revealed that more than a third of elderly residents suffer distress when they are separated from their pet. The study ...

Missing toddler saved by puppies Missing toddler saved by puppies

A missing child has been saved by two puppies in the Virginian woodland of the US, it has been reported. Jaylynn Thorpe gave his babysitter the slip when he wandered out of his Halifax County home and walked with the two family ...

Cat has pellet removed from face Cat has pellet removed from face

A one-year-old Bengal cat has been left with severe injuries after he was shot in the face, it has been reported. Portlethen pussy cat Benji has undergone surgery to have a pellet removed from deep within his skull, according to ...

Exotic birds left in abandoned home Exotic birds left in abandoned home

In pet news from across the pond, a New York real estate agent found two starving cockatiels when checking a foreclosed home, it has been reported. Jeffrey Dolfinger made the discovery while completing routine checks on homes near ...

Dogs suffer jealousy too, says study Dogs suffer jealousy too, says study

Scientists have claimed that man's best friend also suffers from bouts of jealousy as well as a string of other human emotions. A team of researchers from the University of Portsmouth claim that dogs are prone to complex emotions, ...

Wales publishes pet guide Wales publishes pet guide

Wales has published official guides to offer advice to pet owners in the country, it has been reported. The Welsh Assembly has issued a code of practise to inform pet owners of their responsibilities as animal owners, according to ...

Family dog snatched Family dog snatched

A West Yorkshire family has been left devastated by the loss of their beloved border collie, it has been reported. Christine Blackwell, who lives on a farm in Oxenhope, is appealing for information after her pet dog was taken by ...

Pet protector named Pet protector named

A youngster from East Anglia has been named as the country's best protector of pets, it has been reported. Nathan Williamson, from Fleggburgh, was given the award by the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA), according to ...

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 ...

Family 'is pet mad' Family 'is pet mad'

A Northumberland family share their home with 74 pets, it has been reported. The Lucocks from Blythe acquired their first pet 20 years ago when magician Steve bought a white rabbit to use as part of his show, according to the Newcastle ...

Cats 'targetted in estate poisonings' Cats 'targetted in estate poisonings'

A cat-napper in Northern Ireland has begun poisoning pets in a bid to rid his neighbourhood of the animals, it has been reported. Poison has been left out to bait cats on the Stuart Park estate in Ballymoney, according to the Ballymoney ...

Pet lovers asked for help Pet lovers asked for help

Clevedon's animal lovers are being asked to help homeless pets this Christmas, it has been reported. Mucky Pups Dog Grooming is collecting presents such as food, toys and bedding for homeless hounds and cats during the festive season, ...

'Increasing number' of stray dogs in York 'Increasing number' of stray dogs in York

The number of stray dogs in one Yorkshire city is set to rise by one-third this year, it has been reported. Latest figures suggest York is likely to report a record number of strays in 2008/09, according to the York Press. The local ...

Pet owners urged not to advertise personal details Pet owners urged not to advertise personal details

The owners of missing cats and dogs are being targeted by pranksters making hoax calls about the animals, it has been reported. According to the Evening Times, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has warned ...

Fixed fines introduced for fouling dogs Fixed fines introduced for fouling dogs

A dog fouling campaign has been launched to remind dog owners in the Cotswold they will be fined if they fail to clean up after their pets, it has been reported. Cotswold district council today (December 1st) introduced fixed penalty ...

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