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£1,500 stairlift bought for dog with a bad back

Pippa, Millie and Heidi, the pampered pooches from Ossett

Animal lovers from West Yorkshire were so concerned about their pet Dachshund's bad back they splashed out £1,500 on a stairlift.

Sheila Lee, from Ossett, volunteers for West Yorkshire Dog Rescue, where she rescued her dog, Pippa. Pippa developed a bad back, and Sheila and her husband Harry had to fork out thousands for a spine operation.

So to stop their other two dogs, Millie and Heidi, developing the condition, they bought a stairlift.

"People must have thought we were mad", said Sheila. "But it was that or paying out thousands more.

Stolen Dachshunds "seen on motorway"

Roxie and Queenie

Miniature Dachshunds Queenie and Roxy were stolen from a house near Knaresborough in August and a number of appeals have been made to trace them.

In a key development, on Tuesday last week, West Yorkshire Police received several calls from members of the public reporting two Dachshunds had been abandoned on the A1 motorway between junctions 41 and 42 in the Knottingley area.

The dogs were left by the occupants of a blue Volkswagen Golf. It is reported a woman driving a red car stopped to try to help the dogs - one of whom is on urgently needed medication.

Contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Cheryl Power.