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Pregnant cow's head stuck in wall for several hours

A pregnant cow, which became stuck in a wall in Skegness, has been freed by firefighters in Lincolnshire.

Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Crews had to use heavy breaking equipment Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

The animal which was trapped for several hours had to be sedated before Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue service used heavy breaking equipment to get it out of the opening of a wartime pillbox.

Cow was assisted by Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cow was trapped for several hours Credit: Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service

It is now said to have fully recovered from the ordeal.

Heartbroken dog needs a home after owner's death

Bruno, whose owner recently died Credit: Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre

An animal centre in Derby is appealing for a lovely new home for a heartbroken resident called Bruno.

The 12-year-old Staffy arrived at the Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre when his owner passed away.

Staff at the rehoming centre say Bruno is very attached to people and has plenty of energy for an older dog. Ideally, he would suit owners who will be able to spend most of the day with him and take him out for walks.

The animal centre would love to hear from pet lovers who think they fit the bill and recommend a visit to meet the loveable pooch in person.

Bruno spontaneously shows his affection for staff at the dog's home Credit: Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre

"Bruno doesn't understand that his owner has died, so he's very stressed. "Kennels are no place for older dogs and what Bruno really deserves is a home where he can live out the rest of his days in comfort and happiness".

– Leanne Manchester from Abbey Street Animal Rehoming Centre

West Midlands Police's soon-to-be puppy recruits

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey Credit: SWNS

Trev, Ted, Tyler, Topsey, Trotter and Turvey are soon to be trained by West Midlands Police to help catch some of the toughest criminals in the region.

The seven-week-old Springer-Cocker Spaniel cross pups - known as Sprockers - were born last month.

They were born in August Credit: SWNS

They will be looked after until they are a year old, before beginning an eight week training programme to become specialist search or sniffer dogs.

“After their time with the puppy walkers, they’ll go on an eight-week course to develop their search instincts.

They’ll complete searches in buildings, streets, open spaces and vehicles with a view to becoming either a drugs sniffer dog or specialist search dog, depending on what they show an aptitude for.

But for now, it’s important they’re just allowed to be pups and have fun developing in a happy environment, without any fears.

Anyone over 18, who would normally be at home during the day to look after the pups can apply.

We’re also looking for puppy walkers as we’re quite low on numbers at the moment and could really do with some more volunteers."

– Dave Raymond, breed scheme manager at the force's dog unit
The pups Credit: SWNS

£1 million appeal to build new RSPCA veterinary suite

A dog at an RSPCA waiting room Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

RSCPA Leicestershire has launched the biggest appeal in its history to build a new veterinary suite.

The £1 million scheme was launched at Leicester's Woodside Animal Centre where it will be built.

The Care 4 Paws appeal will allow animals to remain on site for treatment instead of having to be transported around the region.


Firm vows pig superfarm would include odour control

The company behind a controversial £15 million pig superfarm have said they made significant changes on original plans which were rejected in 2011.

Before and after: what the site looks like now (above) and what it would look like if the plans are approved Credit: ITV News Central

Midland Pig Producers say fully-enclosed buildings will be installed over loading bay areas, while odour control systems will be put in to the pig units.

A storm tank to deliver clean water run-off will also be used.

If approved, it would be the biggest such farm in the UK Credit: ITV News Central

A big campaign was launched in opposition to the development in the past, including support from celebrities including Dominic West, Pauline Quirke and Lucy Pargeter.

If approved, it would be the largest such farm in the UK.

£15m pig super-farm plans to go on public view

The super-farm would cost £15 million to build Credit: ITV News Central

Revised plans to build a £15 million pound pig super-farm in Derbyshire will go on public view today.

The farm at Foston would be the biggest in the UK and would house 25,000 animals.

The proposed site at Foston Credit: ITV News Central

Original plans put forward in 2009 were rejected.

RSPCA hunt passenger who left kitten on train

Dumped kitten Thomas with RSPCA officer Scott Vanes Credit: BPM Media

RSPCA officials are hunting a rail passenger who dumped a kitten in a train carriage.

The animal, which has been nicknamed Thomas, was handed over to staff at Birmingham New Street Station after being found in a basket on a train from Sutton Coldfield.

A ginger-haired suspect was earlier captured on CCTV cameras at Sutton Station carrying a cat container.

CCTV grab of the person believed to have dumped the kitten Credit: BPM Media

"Luckily this cat was found and was unharmed.

“But it must have been quite scary for him watching so many people get on and off the train and hearing strange noises.

“Despite his ordeal Thomas is doing really well, and he is a lovely, friendly little fella.”

– RSPCA officer Scott Vanes
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