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Dogs used to sniff out drug cash Dogs used to sniff out drug cash

Police in Fife have unveiled a new deterrent to drug crime in the area - a dog trained to find cash used in illegal transactions. Rocco, an 18-month-old Cocker Spaniel, has undergone training in the past six months to help the law ...

Daredevil cat returned to owner... again Daredevil cat returned to owner... again

A cat from Dunfermline has been returned to his owner by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) which rescued him from between two buildings after he fell 20 feet into a basement. The cat was rescued ...

Pets denied treatment 'as owners can't afford bills' Pets denied treatment 'as owners can't afford bills'

Pets are being denied medical treatment as their owners cannot afford to pay vet bills, according to new research. A study by Sainsbury's Bank highlights that 1.4 million pet owners have refused recommended treatment for their cats ...

Cat gets head stuck in car wheel Cat gets head stuck in car wheel

A curious cat in Suffolk which poked his head into a hole in a car wheel has been rescued by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Passers-by noticed Casper, the Siamese cat, and alerted the pet charity, ...

Boy, 9, rescues cocker spaniel from icy lake Boy, 9, rescues cocker spaniel from icy lake

A nine-year-old boy risked his life by walking across ice to save a drowning dog, reports the Gwent Gazette. Daniel Shepphard was walking with his family at Bryn Back Park, Tredegar, when Shannon the cocker spaniel ran past them ...

Owners do look like pets, says research Owners do look like pets, says research

A new study by Bath Spa University has found that pet owners do look like their animals. The research invited 70 people to match pictures of dogs with images of people to see if they could work out which pet belonged to which owner ...

More owners deciding to take their pets on holiday More owners deciding to take their pets on holiday

A hotel firm has seen a 150 per cent increase in holiday bookings from people who want to take their pets on holiday with them. At Best Western Hotels, a group which has won awards for its pet friendliness, they offer customised ...

Sealyham terrier wins Best in Show Sealyham terrier wins Best in Show

Charmin, a Sealyham terrier, has won the Best in Show category at renowned annual dog competition Crufts 2009, which ended last night. The four-year-old dog, belonging to Margery Good, from Pennsylvania, USA, beat six other dogs ...

Quarter of Brits plan holiday around pets Quarter of Brits plan holiday around pets

A new poll has found that a quarter of Britons have chosen a holiday in the UK because it meant their pet could go with them. The research by Tesco Pet Insurance found that 83 per cent of dog owners would not leave their pet in kennels ...

Cliff dog rescued Cliff dog rescued

A dog which fell off a cliff in Bude, Cornwall and was stranded for two nights has been rescued by the RSPCA. Fox, a Collie cross, is quite nervous around males according to his owner Jane Ravine and it was originally thought that ...

Cat hitches a ride in postman's bag Cat hitches a ride in postman's bag

A cat is becoming a popular character around a Somerset town by travelling in a postman's bag for the last few weeks. The BBC reports that black and white cat Charlie has been hitching a ride in Nick Lock's postbag for several weeks ...

Labrador retains top spot as most popular dog Labrador retains top spot as most popular dog

For the 18th consecutive year, the Labrador has been named as the most popular pet in America. According to statistics from the American Kennel Club (AKC), the breed continues to be the most popular purebreed dog. However, the bulldog ...

Stabbed dog honoured Stabbed dog honoured

A Labrador puppy which was stabbed multiple times and still managed to chase away a burglar has been honoured for his bravery. Toby the dog, which lives with owners Jonathon and Samantha Morton and their five-month old daughter Megan, ...

Duck thinks it?s a dog Duck thinks it?s a dog

A duck which thinks that it is a dog has stunned passersby on its walks through the seaside town of Bournemouth. Steph and Tony Tufft, its owners, have been taking the duck on walks with a lead, along with their other pets - real ...

PETA offers £1,000 reward for killed dog PETA offers £1,000 reward for killed dog

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has put up a reward of £1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people behind a vicious attack on a greyhound which was found dead ...

Dog returns home after 9-year journey Dog returns home after 9-year journey

An Australian dog who went missing from her family's front garden nine years ago has been reunited with her owners following a 1,200 mile adventure. Muffy was found last month by inspectors from the Royal Society for the Prevention ...

Women 'like to talk' to their pets Women 'like to talk' to their pets

New research by Tesco Personal Finance has found that women enjoy talking to their pets. Over 75 per cent of the respondents to the survey said that they have conversations with their pets as if they were human, while 34 per cent ...

Britain 'could be vulnerable' if controls on pet travel are dropped Britain 'could be vulnerable' if controls on pet travel are dropped

Experts are warning that the UK could be at the mercy of diseases not previously experienced in this country if European Union restrictions on pet travel are dropped. The danger of pets carrying tapeworms or ticks has been highlighted ...

2009 pet' rich list' revealed 2009 pet' rich list' revealed

A list has been compiled containing the world's richest pets. The definitive list from insurers Petplan features animals who have inherited wealth from owners who have now passed away. However, one familiar name in the list is a ...

Cat enjoys a good read Cat enjoys a good read

A library in Kent has said that they have received a visit from the same cat every day for the past two years. Deal Library staff and customers see Fidel, an eight-year-old black cat, stroll into the building almost every day when ...

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