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Birds of prey could be answer to seagull problem

Gulls 'swooping' on locals and visitors alike Credit: PA

Birds of prey may be brought in to try and scare off seagulls from parts of Scarborough and Whitby after mounting complaints that the gulls are a menace.

The introduction of Harris hawks and falcons to deter the seabirds is the latest idea by civic leaders in the towns after dozens of reports that gulls have swooped on locals and visitors alike.

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Thieves kill calf at North Yorkshire farm

Thieves who struck at a farm near Tadcaster attacked and killed a young cow before making off with trailers and causing damage.

They struck at about 11.30 pm on December 21st, towing the calf out of a barn on the back of a quad bike before shooting it. Anyone with information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police.

"A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas"

The UK's leading dog welfare charity , the Dogs Trust asks people to remember its famous slogan ‘A Dog Is For Life, Not Just For Christmas’ as the staff prepare for an influx of abandoned dogs over the Christmas period.

Carer Suzie Douglas is pictured with Tyson Credit: Dogs Trust

Unfortunately, the famous Dogs Trust slogan remains as relevant today as it was when it was first coined 38 years ago.

Time and again the charity sees a flurry of dogs abandoned over Christmas when the appeal of a cute puppy wears thin.

“There is no denying that we’re a nation of animal lovers, but sadly sometimes that love can blind people and they may rush into getting a dog, often without ample research or even rushing into a last minute online purchase.

"A dog can be such a rewarding addition to any family, but they do come with long-term responsibilities that will have a lasting impact on their new owner’s life.

“We are increasingly seeing more and more dogs abandoned over Christmas and this year, as always, we are reminding everyone that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, and, if you are thinking about getting a dog in 2017, to consider rehoming a rescue dog.”

– Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre Manager

As well as providing round-the-clock care for new arrivals, the team at Dogs Trust rehoming centres will be spending their Christmas Day looking after the homeless hounds already at the centre, ensuring they can enjoy the Christmas festivities as much as everybody else.

Dogs Trust staff cleaning the rehoming centre Credit: Dogs Trust

“Although it is Christmas Day our dogs still need feeding, walking and cuddling, and the kennels need cleaning!

"We make it as fun as possible, and we do our best to spoil the dogs as it is their Christmas too.

"So from playing carols to decorating the kennels, we try to give everyone, two and four-legged, a jolly good time!”

– Amanda Sands, Dogs Trust

To find out more you can call the centre on 0300 303 0292 or visit them at Woodlands Farm, York Road, Leeds, LS15 4NL. You can also find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk

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Barnsley named and shamed for dog fouling

Named and shamed

New figures have been released that put a South Yorkshire town at the top of a league of shame when it comes to fines handed out for dog fouling.

The research reveals Barnsley Council issued 359 penalty notices in 2015 alone, totalling almost £18,000 in fines - proving that where there's muck, there's brass.

But joking aside, enforcement officers say some dog owners shout names and abuse when confronted and point out its children who are most at risk when playing outside.

A parasite found in dog faeces can lead to a lost of sight if its picked up through contaminated soil.

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