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Dog owners beware: Potentially harmful pellets left near trees in Hertfordshire

Dog owners beware: potentially harmful pellets have been left near trees in Hertfordshire. Credit: Press Association Images.

Pink pellets that could be potentially harmful to dogs have been left at the foot of trees in Hertfordshire.

Police are urging animal owners to be vigilant following the discovery on the Wheathampstead heritage trail in Devil's Dyke.

The pellets have now been removed with samples taken for testing by officers. They were first found on Saturday January 21 but were not reported to police so they could be cleared up until January 23.

"The pellets are currently being tested but it is highly likely they could be harmful to dogs or other animals. If you were in the area with your dog over the weekend and they seem unwell, please taken them to the vet to be checked over.

"Until we know what the pellets are, we want to make sure people are aware as a precaution."

– PC Simon Tibbett.


Two men charged with having a dangerous dog

Two men have been charged with offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act after animals were seized by police in Hertfordshire.

Christopher Smith, 20, of Goodwood Avenue in Enfield, and Jordan McIntosh, 21, of Ashcombe Road in Redhill, Surrey, are accused of having in their possession an American Pitbull Terrier.

Police seized two dogs in July this year after a car was stopped at Farm Close in Hertford.

Mr Smith has also been charged with violent behaviour in a police station and criminal damage.

They are due to appear at Stevenage Magistrates' Court on November 16.


Who let the dogs out? Suffolk village sending EIGHT dogs to Crufts

The Crufts international dog show starts today, so where do you think the canine capital of the country is?

Barking maybe? Or perhaps Rougham in Norfolk?

Well, it could be that the Suffolk village of Mendlesham has a strong case - it's sending no fewer than EIGHT dogs to face the judges at the four day show.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice

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Region's canine capital prepares for Crufts

Stay... Mendlesham's Crufts exhibitors preparing for walkies Credit: ITV Anglia

A single village in Suffolk is sending no less than EIGHT dogs to this year's Crufts.

Four breeders from Mendlesham near Stowmarket are all heading to Birmingham's NEC Arena for the four day show.

Skipper, Lenny and Rodney - Dachshunds owned by Debbie Gaskill Credit: ITV Anglia

Four breeders - Kay Crisp, Debbie Gaskill, Sharon Marshall and Isabel Eastall own dogs of four very different breeds - Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Afghan Hounds and an Airedale Terrier.

They say it's a complete coincidence that they all live in Mendlesham, but the village and surrounding area is full of dog lovers.

Anais - one of the Afghan Hounds owned by Sharon Marshall Credit: ITV Anglia

And it's not just the village that has pedigree - Cocker Spaniels Dexter and Mini are descended from a Crufts Best in Show winner.

Susan - an Airedale Terrier owned by Isabel Eastall Credit: ITV Anglia

Helping get over the fear of dogs

Cynophobia assistance dogs at work Credit: ITV Anglia

A service aimed at helping children and families get over a 'fear of dogs' visited Chelmsford to raise awareness of the scheme. The Essex Dog Training Centre at Brentwood has the only trained Cynophobia assistance dogs in Europe.

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