Cheshire Police has announced the name of its new police dog after the public was asked to vote for one of three potential names.Read the full story ›
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:
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 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.”
RSPCA appealing for information after the body of a Shih Tzu dog, with a number of injuries was found in a bin in Birkenhead.Read the full story ›
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:
Volunteers with the Dogs Trust for Manchester and Merseyside are going to working flat out over Christmas.Read the full story ›
Can you help identify the owners of this dog abandoned in Oldham? Animal welfare workers say they need to be prosecuted.Read the full story ›
A dognapper demanded a Salford couple pay £1,000 for the return of three French bulldog puppies that had been stolen from their garden.Read the full story ›
A woman has been disqualified from keeping dogs for five years after two dogs in her care died from starvation.Read the full story ›
Stray dogs in Salford are showing a clear preference for relaxing to upbeat pop music when taken from the streets and put in kennels.Read the full story ›