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Essex Police dog Flame has litter of eight puppies

German Shepherd Flame gave birth to eight healthy puppies. Credit: Essex Police

A litter of new recruits has arrived at Essex Police's dog unit.

German Shepherd Flame gave birth to eight healthy puppies, five boys and three girls, on August 5.

The girls have been named Cilla, Cola and Cairo. And the boys Carter, Chester, Cain and Comet

One of the male puppies is still to be named. Should it be called Chaos, Cuba, Casper or Costa? VOTE HERE

Police Dog puppies. Credit: Essex Police

Watch the moment a stolen pug is reunited with his owner

Essex Police have released adorable video footage showing the moment a a stolen pug is reunited with his owner.

Essex Police have arrested a 23-year-old woman from Harlow on suspicion of theft, after a pug was recovered during police searches.

The woman was released without charge in relation to the theft of the pug as there was insufficient evidence to proceed.

The dog was later reunited with his owner at Harlow Police Station.

“I had been so worried about Lola since she went missing so when I got the call from the police I was over the moon.

As soon as I saw her, her little tail went into overdrive and I instantly knew it was her. I am just so happy to have her back.”

– Kate Witham, Owner

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Big influx of unwanted pets at Suffolk bird rescue centre

There's been a big increase in the number of unwanted pets at the A1 Parrot Rescue centre in Suffolk. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A bird rescue centre in Stanton in Suffolk has had a massive influx of unwanted pets.

'A1 Parrot Rescue' has almost doubled in size in the past eight months because of people giving up their birds.

Its owners say more needs to be done to educate people about looking after exotic birds and stricter guidelines introduced into who can breed and sell them.

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Rhino that gored man at Whipsnade Zoo showed no signs of 'uncharacteristic behaviour'

Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Credit: PA

A two-tonne rhino that gored a keeper at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire had not shown any "uncharacteristic behaviour" beforehand, a report has revealed.

The man, in his 50s, was found semi-conscious at the zoo in November with injuries to his chest, abdomen and pelvis.

Central Bedfordshire Council is satisfied all safety checks were done.

Neither the zoo nor the council would say if the keeper was still in hospital.

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