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Kate's cat catches fire Kate's cat catches fire

Actress Kate Beckinsale was nearly forced to cancel her attendance at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after her cat caught fire. Clive had brushed up against a candle when he was engulfed in flames, just before Kate was due ...

Wet nose 'helps dogs scent' Wet nose 'helps dogs scent'

A wet nose can help dogs pick up scents, the latest research has suggested. In a study by scientists at Pennsylvania State University it was found moistness around the area can help canine's sense of smell. The work stated the ...

Donkey dines with family Donkey dines with family

One unusual family pet is a regular around her masters' dining table, it has been reported. Holly the donkey enjoys munching on fruit or French toast while her owners tuck into the breakfast, according to the Metro. Jackie Ferrier, ...

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 ...

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) ...

Lollipop man finds missing cat Lollipop man finds missing cat

A quick-thinking lollipop man has reunited a five-year-old girl with her pet cat after two months apart, it has been reported. Ella Dandridge, from Leyland, was left devastated when her pet cat Molly went missing in February, the ...

Pet insurance provides 'peace of mind' Pet insurance provides 'peace of mind'

Pet insurance is an important consideration and provides animal owners with cover for "unexpected veterinary fees and peace of mind", according to the PDSA. With vet bills for operations sometimes amounting to thousands ...

Comet the goldfish set for dizzy heights Comet the goldfish set for dizzy heights

Comet the goldfish has proven to be a shooting star among the watery world after learning how to play football, according to reports. The four-inch fella has also learnt how to slam dunk and limbo dance as he struts his swimming ...

Woman banned from keeping a pet Woman banned from keeping a pet

A Greater Manchester woman has been banned from keeping animals for 15 years after allowing her pet dog to starve, losing half its weight, the RSPCA claims. Jeanette Oliver, 39, provided such an unsubstantial diet to her 14-month ...

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 ...

Chris Evans pampers poorly pooch Chris Evans pampers poorly pooch

A bespectacled telly favourite is hoping his beloved pooch pal makes a full recovery after recent surgery, it has been reported. It is not known if Chris Evans had pet insurance to cover the costs of sending his dog to a top surgeon ...

Cat saved by CPR Cat saved by CPR

A cat has been resuscitated by firefighter using CPR. The daring rescue happened in McComb, Mississippi following a house fire. Claws the cat had stopped breathing when he was carried from the building. Firefighters Jared Briste ...

Big Mcstake Big Mcstake

A member of staff at a branch of a burger chain made a big Mcstake in refusing entry to a blind man simply because she did not like his guide dog. Ian Foulds, from Leamington, was in Oxford for the day when he decided to pop in to ...

Dog rescued from fire Dog rescued from fire

A dog had to be resuscitated after being rescued from a fire in a Chinese restaurant. The Staffordshire bull terrier was trapped in the blaze, which started in the basement of the restaurant in Deptford High at around 17:00 on Sunday. ...

Man imprisoned for attacking dog Man imprisoned for attacking dog

A man caught on CCTV launching a vicious attack on his pet dog has been jailed. John Martell, 40, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his Staffordshire bull-terrier-type dog, Madison, and was imprisoned for 12 weeks ...

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 ...

Cat-astrophe for Catapult victim Cat-astrophe for Catapult victim

One family cat lost its eye after it was shot by a catapult, it has been reported. Gingie was hit in the eye with a marble-sized piece of lead and suffered a broken eye socket, according to the West Sussex Times. The two-year-old ...

Billions left to the dogs Billions left to the dogs

A US real estate and hotel giant has left behind a billion-dollar trust fund to be used for the care of dogs, it has been reported. Leona Helmsley first made the headlines when it emerged after her death last August that she had ...

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