Dogs make off with £33 million worth of loot a year

by Mark James on May 31, 2011

A British woman has been the victim of credit card theft by the most unlikely of suspect, her pet poodle.

Wendy Cronin, of Hartlepool, was using the card to make purchases online until she got a phone call, and left the card unattended.

Dog chews furnitureWhen she came back into the room there was no sign of her credit card. Even after she had searched the house for hours there was still no sign of it, and Gilbert, her ten month old poodle, was looking (more…)

Two arrested in dangerous dog raid in Plymouth

by Darren Jamieson on May 30, 2011

Five dogs have been seized by police in Plymouth who have reason to believe that they were being breed for dog fighting purposes.

Five dogs, that included two adults, a bitch and three puppies believed to be around 16 weeks old, were removed from a property by dog handlers in Ernesetlle, Plymouth.

Two men, who were originally from Liverpool, were both arrested at the scene. The men, aged 24 and 26 years, were both detained by officers and were arrested on suspicion of being in possession of illegal dogs. Both men have been bailed (more…)

Blackpool dog owner lands himself in bit of a mess

by Leanne Thompson on May 29, 2011

A man from Blackpool has been fined £265 after his dog fouled in a public area and he failed to clean it up.

The dog is apparently well known in the Blackpool area for fouling and the council has received more than one complaint about the dog in the past. These tough measures, the council believes, will help to reduce the amount of dog fouling that is left on streets.

blackpoolPaul Grimshaw, who resides at Furness Avenue, Grange Park, was prosecuted at Blackpool’s magistrate’s court for dog fouling offences. The prosecution was led by Blackpool Council bosses. He was found guilty of offenses (more…)

Proposed plans for dog re-homing centre on site of car boot sale

by Mark James on May 28, 2011

A national animal charity has proposed plans to develop a large dog shelter on the site of one of Basildon’s biggest car boot sales.

The Dogs Trust has revealed their plans to build 71 kennels, a reception training area, a vets clinic and a dog behavioural assessment unit on the site. The land is currently used for the famous car boot sale known as “The Big One”.

The plan has been revealed as there is concern rising about how kennels in south Essex are struggling to cope with the high rise in the abandonment of unwanted pets. It is hoped that this development would (more…)

Paws for thought for your dog’s paws

by Leanne Thompson on May 27, 2011

Dogs spend so much time running, jumping and generally frolicking about that it is not really a surprise that their paws can suffer the consequences. Examining your dog’s paws regularly should help to keep them healthy. By doing this you can find a small problem and prevent it from becoming a bigger problem, or a costly one. Here is a quick summary about the main dangers that your pooch’s paws may face.

If your dog is always biting or licking their paws this usually points towards an allergic reaction. Your vet will help to diagnose what it is that your dog is allergic to. A painful problem for your dog could be a torn or fractured nail after they have caught the nail on something. Make sure that you do not attempt to remove the nail by yourself; instead get a vet to do it. The nail should (more…)

Throwing sticks for dogs could be deadly

by Mark James on May 26, 2011

A Facebook group has been set up on the social networking website to raise awareness about how dangerous throwing sticks for your dog could be.

Penny, a border collie, belongs to owner Hayley Reed. Penny was left with serious injuries after impaling herself on a stick that was thrown for her to fetch. Penny then needed serious operations that left the family both heartbroken and with huge (more…)

Chihuahua craze bad for the dog’s health

by Leanne Thompson on May 25, 2011

People attempting to imitate socialite, millionairess and Internet sensation Paris Hilton by carrying their dog around with them in their handbag could be doing the dog more harm than good. The demand for so called “handbag dogs” has increased of late, largely due to Paris Hilton, along with the misconception that the dogs need very little looking after.

This was seen with Chihuahua Camilla, who has been rescued by an animal sanctuary (more…)

Dog proves that bark is definitely worse than bite

by Leanne Thompson on May 24, 2011

A man whose dogs kept neighbours awake at night through their barking has been fined £300.

John Barrett, from Essex, admitted the charges of failing to comply with a noise abatement notice that ordered that he kept the dogs quiet at night.

The notice was issued on September 28th last year after the council received several complaints from neighbouring residents about Barrett’s Jack Russell and German Sheppard, Colchester Magistrates Court heard. The dogs were (more…)

Liverpool ‘cleaning up the town’ of dog mess

by Mark James on May 23, 2011

A 3 month campaign set up in Everton has helped to highlight the dangers of dog mess and has removed over 700 pieces of dog dirt from the streets. This is the equivalent of a quarter of a tonne of dog poop!

Environmental operatives were commissioned by Liverpool City Council to take to the streets of Everton, armed with a ‘Ghostbusters’ style portable vacuum pooper scooper. The backpack pooper scooper (more…)

Chew-toy safety for your dogs

by Vivien Richardson on May 22, 2011

A dog loves to chew things and it is usually a good way for them to keep their teeth healthy too. However, if you are worried about the dangers that chewing certain things may have on your dog, then this should put your mind at ease.

Each pet is different so there is no set plan for your dog and his chew toys. Good judgment and supervision is crucial in order to maintain the protection of your pet. Chewing for a dog is a natural and healthy activity for dogs. The amount of tartar and plaque can be decreased by chewing, and it stimulates a dog’s mind away from other activities. The selection of your dog’s chew toys should (more…)

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