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Firefighters rescue unconscious dog from house and bring her back to life

Penny lies in road with adult breathing mask over face Credit: Men syndication

This is the touching moment a tiny dog’s life was saved by firefighters.

Penny, a nine-year-old Jack Russell, was carried unconscious from a smoke-filled house in Gorton - then brought back to life on the road outside.

Heroic firefighters from Ashton-under-Lyne and Gorton fire stations were told Penny was trapped inside after the family who live there returned home to discover their home was filled with flames and thick smoke.

Crews in breathing equipment managed to find her in a downstairs room of the terrace house on Pinnington Road, curled up in a ball and unconscious.

Penny in safe hands Credit: Men syndication

The crews have done a really good job, in terms of locating Penny, rescuing her and resuscitating her. She went to the vet’s and the last update we had was that she was doing well and was on the good side. Hopefully she will make a full recovery.

Penny was found unconscious downstairs. She was treated with a standard adult oxygen mask and given oxygen therapy. She came round while fire crews were treating her and was taken to a vets by her owners.”

– Paul Fearnhead, a station manager at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service headquarters

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Charity's warning over puppy smuggling

If you were one of the many families who bought a puppy this Christmas, do you know where it came from? How sure are you that it came from a reputable breeder?

These are questions one of our region's major pet charities wants everyone to think of before buying a puppy.

And it's because, they say, we're seeing a worrying rise in puppy smuggling from eastern Europe.

ITV News correspondent Rob Smith reports:

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Dog who survived a vicious knife attack earlier this year, is being spoilt this Christmas

Boo, the hero Shar Pei Credit: Manchester Evening News

Christmas for much-loved dog Boo, a six-year-old Shar Pei, will be extra special this year after she survived a shocking knife attack at the hands of a burglar who broke into her home.

Boo’s sickening story made headlines across the world and struck a chord with many dog owners.

She barely survived after being repeatedly knifed by burglar Shaan Malik, 24, who had broken into her Beswick home while Boo’s owner Maggie Burgess was out.

But the hero dog’s brave defence ultimately led detectives to track down the culprit.

She nipped Malik on the finger causing him to bleed and the resulting DNA sample was all police needed to place him at the scene of the horror.

She was stabbed in the head, neck and back with such ferocity that her skull was fractured and one of her ears was almost ripped off completely.

Now though, nine months on, brave Boo is fighting fit and very much back to her playful best - looking forward to Christmas with Maggie and chewing the tinsel on their tree.

Malik, 24, of Whalley Range, was jailed for three years and nine months after he admitted burglary and a separate offence of handling military memorabilia taken in another break-in.

Boo, with owner Maggie Burgess Credit: Manchester Evening News

“Boo is absolutely fine now. She’s absolutely superb. All her wounds have cleared up and you can’t see anything.

There have been no side effects, which is very good. She’s been fully discharged from the vet and her character hasn’t changed in the slightest by what happened. She’s still lovely.”

– Maggie Burgess, Boo's owner

The volunteers who look after abandoned animals at Christmas

Volunteers in the North West will be looking after the region's abandoned dogs this Christmas.

Centres in Huyton and Denton will be caring for almost 200.

On the big day it will be, almost, business as usual, with volunteers still walking dogs whatever the weather and cleaning kennels.

They'll also be helping their four-legged friends open presents, which have all been donated by generous dog-lovers

Paul Crone reports:

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