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700 stray dogs collected in Cumbria this year

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More than 700 stray dogs have been picked up this year in Cumbria and the south of Scotland, according to new figures from the Dogs Trust charity.

484 of those dogs have been reunited with their owners, but the rest were unclaimed.

The Dogs Trust is reminding people to update their dog's microchip details, when moving house or changing numbers, so that they can easily be found.

1 in 8 of these unclaimed dogs are believed to be beloved pets who have found themselves in kennels, facing the threat of destruction if they are not collected - because owners haven't updated their dogs microchip details.

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New home for Eden Animal Rescue centre

The new centre can cater for 50 cats Credit: PA

A new purpose built animal rescue centre is opening at Moorlands Head farm in Newbiggin, Temple Sowerby.

The Eden Animal Rescue will now be one of the largest animal shelters in Cumbria, with the capacity to care for 20 dogs, 50 cats and 16 small animals.

The rescue centre has relocated from it's former base at Shap, with the conversion costs topping £300,000.

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BRUTAL SHEEP ATTACK

Police are investigating after a sheep was found dead in a field in Longtown following a brutal attack.

The ewe had been mutilated with a sharp weapon. The farmer made the discover on Friday in the Netherby Road area of the town.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police.

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