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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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Puppy escapes unscathed after being trapped in car engine

Betty Boop the Jack Russell trapped in car's engine Credit: Manchester Evening News

A three-month-old Jack Russell is home safe and well after surviving a half-hour journey trapped inside a car engine.

‘Betty Boop’ managed to climb up through the engine of a neighbour’s Audi A4 before becoming stuck.

Gary James with Betty Credit: Manchester Evening News

Gavin Juliette, 42, drove the 12-mile round trip from Ordsall to Swinton to pick up his mother-in-law before hearing barking coming from the engine as he arrived home.

Betty with owners Gary James and Tracy Gibbons Credit: Manchester Evening News

He was stunned to lift up the bonnet and find Betty Boop staring back at him.

Gavin and the dog’s owner Gary James, 33, hurriedly took the engine apart to free the lucky pooch, who miraculously emerged unscathed.

Gary said “We just couldn’t believe what had happened and it was even harder to believe how she’d survived.

“When I first saw her in there I thought she was bound to be injured or badly burned - but, apart from being covered in oil and a bit shaky, she was fine.

“Now she’s completely back to normal and playing with the kids as if nothing happened. I’ll definitely be keeping the front gate locked from now on.”

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