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Couple banned from keeping animals hid obese Rottweiler


A couple banned from keeping animals were found to be keeping a dog who had become overweight as a result of not being walked - because they were scared of being found out.

Anthony Makin (DOB 16/01/75) and Sally Makin (DOB 01/01/75), of Dale Avenue, Bromborough, were sentenced at Wirral Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday 4 October) after pleading guilty to two offences at a previous hearing - causing unnecessary suffering to the dog by failing to provide veterinary care for lameness, and being in breach of a disqualification order.

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Battersea Black Greyhounds need love


New statistics released today show black Greyhounds are the loneliest dogs at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Old Windsor centre.

While the average Battersea dog takes just 35 days to rehome – black Greyhounds at Old Windsor typically wait 55 days to find a family.

Sadly, some can take even longer to find a home – such as seven-year-old former racer Nellie who’s been at Battersea for over 100 days.

Battersea Old Windsor Centre Manager Kaye Mughal says black dogs often have a harder time catching people’s eye.

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Surrey is biggest Battersea adopter this year


Surrey residents are true animal lovers. The county is the top destination for the homeless dogs and cats from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, with residents giving a second chance in life to over 350 unwanted dogs and cats in the first half of the year.

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Peter Andre recommends singing to your dog - and signing up for the RSPCA's Big Walkies


Singer Peter Andre backs RSPCA’s Big Walkies challenge

An RSPCA survey has revealed that 75% of dog owners chat with their pet while out walking - and one in six SING to them.

Just over 90% of pet owners polled by the RSPCA* didn’t like to walk in silence while exercising their pooch. While 75% like to talk, 16% go one step further and serenade their dog.

The survey also showed that:

• 9% of dog-owners only talk to their pooch to say “come on!” while 1% don’t talk at all;

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Could you foster for Battersea?


Battersea Dogs & Cats Home is today putting out an appeal to residents in Berkshire to encourage more foster carers to come forward and help provide a temporary home for some of the most vulnerable dogs and cats at its Berkshire centre.

Battersea often seeks foster carers who can provide a safe and calm environment for cats, including pregnant mums and kittens, and temporary care for dogs most in need of a break from kennel life.

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RSPCA receives hundreds of complaints about dogs in hot cars

RSPCA receives more than two calls every hour during heatwave - despite charity’s key advice to call 999

The RSPCA fears more dogs will lose their lives this summer locked inside sweltering cars after almost 400 calls during the recent warm weather and over the Bank Holiday weekend.

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Rupert Fawcett backs RSPCA campaign


The RSPCA has teamed up with acclaimed cartoonist Rupert Fawcett - famed for his Off The Leash series - to spread the ‘Adopt Don’t Shop’ message this National Dog Day (26 August).

An animated series of the popular cartoons has been launched and, to celebrate, creator Rupert Fawcett has released a special charity cartoon supporting the work of the RSPCA - the UK’s oldest and largest animal welfare charity.

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Battersea terriers cheer up commuters at Waterloo

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has today sent two adorable Jack Russell Terriers on a mission: to help make commuters at London Waterloo smile during the August engineering works.

The inseparable duo and former Battersea residents, 14-year-old Mollie and 16-year-old Millie, are also spreading the word that plenty of their friends back at the world-famous animal charity are in desperate need of homes of their own.

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Barking Mad - officially!


When we go on holiday, I prefer to take Buddy with us if we can, but sometimes there are places we want to visit that are just not suitable for him, and so he will be happier, safer and better cared for at home, rather than left in a caravan or hotel room while we go out.

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Poppy needed help when she "popped" through a fence!


A dog on the run after escaping from her home ended up in a bit of a tight spot - wedged between fence railings!

Little long-haired Jack Russell terrier Poppy was found stuck in the metal fence in Danson Park, Bexleyheath, on Thursday lunchtime (27 July) by a member of the public.

Initially, it was thought the pooch was a stray and the RSPCA were called to help free the stricken canine.

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195 - Well Informed Pet and dog grooming secrets

Well Informed Pet is an app that lets you - and all those who care for your dog - keep track of all their health information. We go behind the scenes at the dog grooming salon, and deal with some controversial issues. Plus in the DogCast Radio News the dog who wasn't a dog, the assistance dog who might not be, the First Lady who dove into a lake for her dog, and more!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.