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Elderly dog found tied to park railings

Abandoned German Shepherd is being cared for at an animal hospital Credit: RSPCA

An elderly dog that was abandoned at a park in Manchester is being cared for at an animal hospital. The black and tan German Shepherd was found tied to railings at the entrance to Platt Fields Park at about 11.50 on Saturday morning. It is not known how long he had been there.

The dog’s eyes were badly ulcerated and he was arthritic and underweight. He was wearing a black fabric collar but had no ID tag or microchip to identify him.

“This poor dog was desperately in need of some care and veterinary attention. But instead he had just been left on his own at the very time he really needed somebody.

“We know that sometimes it can be hard to afford veterinary care for your pets, but a caring owner should not be abandoning their animals like this.

“We want to hear from anyone who may have seen someone walking or leaving this dog or even someone whose friend or relative might have had a dog like this one until very recently.”

– Natalie Avery, RSPCA Inspector

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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Appeal to find owner of cat rescued from car bonnet

The cat has been called 'Lucky' after its escape. Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is trying to find the owner of a cat that was rescued from a car engine in Stockport. The driver reported difficulty changing gear and a burning smell.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service freed the cat from beneath the battery. The cat only had some burnt hairs and has been nicknamed 'Lucky'.

Police visit Martin Mere for 'swan catch'

Organised animal fighting on the rise

Calls to the RSPCA reporting organised animal fighting have gone up by a third in the past five years. This is despite dog and cockfighting being banned for almost 200 years. Greater Manchester and Lancashire were two of the worst areas in the UK last year and Cheshire was also in the top ten for reported incidents.

Animal fights are up by a third Credit: pa

"I've been investigating organised animal fighting for more than a decade and it still disgusts me, knowing that there are individuals who continue to take pleasure in watching animals brutally fight each other, often causing horrific and sometimes fatal injuries.

– Ian Briggs, RSPCA
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Teaching children how to be safe around dogs

It's estimated over 600 children are bitten by dogs each year in the UK.

Now, two expert canine trainers from Lancashire are visiting schools across the county teaching youngsters how to deal with dogs both in the home and other people's pets.

And as Paul Crone reports, trainers Shirley King and Alan Fenton have a secret weapon to get their message across.

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Teaching kids how to deal with dogs

Expert dog trainers from Leyland in Lancashire are visiting schools across the county teaching children how to deal with dogs. Canine Education works with schools and other children’s organisations across Lancashire to raise awareness of dog behaviour, understanding their body language and natural instincts.

Pupils get to know Moses the springer spaniel Credit: ITV Granada

There are also tips on how to defuse a dangerous situation if one arises, and how to live safely in the home with a pet dog. Pupils from St Thomas Primary School in Barrowford met Moses, to learn the do's and don'ts of dealing with dogs. Shirley King is from Canine Education .

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