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Bionic paws for rescued dog

A stray dog rescued from the streets of a Romanian city is to have three bionic paws fitted. Thousands of pounds will need to be raised.

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Gamekeepers take docking fight to Holyrood

Some of the region's gamekeepers were at Holyrood today, as part of their campaign for working dogs to be exempt from the ban on docking dogs' tails.

The gamekeepers say the law preventing docking is actually causing suffering to spaniels, who can injure their tails while they're working.

They have presented a petition containing 4,000 signatures to the Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead.

The practice of docking was outlawed in 2007, and at the moment applies to all dogs except where a tail is already diseased or injured.

Offenders can be fined up to £5,000 or face six months imprisonment

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Animal centre 'struggling to cope'

The Eden Animal Rescue Centre are 'struggling to cope' Credit: ITV News Border

An animal rescue centre in Cumbria says it's struggling to cope with the number of animals needing care.

They're almost at crisis point with not enough money and they need volunteers to help them.

Staff at the The Eden Centre just off the M6 near Shap say many people are finding it too expensive to feed their pets and pay vet's bills.

Vigil to be held over deer cull plans

Campaigners who are against plans for a controversial cull of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site are due to hold a vigil on Sunday (16th February).

Around a dozen roe deer are trapped between two fences at the west Cumbrian site.

Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) has organised the protest outside the site gates.

A spokesperson for Sellafield Ltd said culling wildlife of any sort was a last resort and would only ever been done on expert advice

We have a duty to manage wildlife responsibly at Sellafield Ltd and we take this very seriously, which is why we consult the relevant experts for the best advice when dealing with any wildlife at the site. We have consulted with a veterinary specialist, an ecologist and the Deer Initiative as the lead providers of best practice guidance for sustainable deer management in England and Wales. All the alternative approaches available to a secure nuclear licensed site have been considered and / or attempted before deciding to cull the small number of deer at Sellafield.

– Sellafield Ltd

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Campaign launched to promote Herdwick sheep

A new campaign has been launched to promote one of Cumbria's best known animals, the Herdwick sheep.

Taste Cumbria want to tell people about the distinctive flavour of the meat and help to make it a premium product around the country.

The campaign has been given £50,000 by The Prince's Countryside Fund and is supported by all six of Cumbria's MPs.

The 'Big Garden Watch': How you can get involved

For people living in built up areas or those looking to get out into the wider countryside the RSPB are organising events over the weekend of the 25th-26th of January.

Visitors to Whinlatter Visitor Centre in Keswick and Grizedale Visitor Centre in Ambleside on those days will be able to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch there as well as learning how to attract more wildlife into their gardens and how to identify the wildlife they see in them.

There will also be an event at Leighton Moss on the 18-19 of January.

You can register to take part in Big Garden Birdwatch 2014 and find out more information about events near you at www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch or call 0300 456 8330.

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