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Wanted: loving home for Scooby, Marley and Charlie

Marley and Charlie Credit: Dogs Trust, Merseyside
Scooby Credit: Dogs Trust, Merseyside

An appeal's gone out to find homes for three rather cute Beagles. Dogs Trust Merseyside, are looking for new owners to house and train Marley, Charlie and Scooby. The Charity said Beagles are fast becoming a sought after breed with enquiries on the increase.


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.”


Meet Merseyside Police's newest recruits

Champ Credit: Merseyside Police
Gemma Credit: Champ

Merseyside Police has welcomed two new recruits to the force’s dog section this year.

Police dogs Gemma and Champ, both Labrador Retriever crosses, were donated to the force by Guide Dogs Liverpool, who noticed their potential to be police dogs when undertaking training at their centre.

Both dogs underwent extensive training at the force’s specialist dog section and are now working as sniffer dogs, trained to find drugs, firearms and cash under the guidance of their handlers Constable Si Coley and Constable Steve Martin.

Constable Si Coley with Gemma and Constable Steve Martin with Champ Credit: Merseyside Police

Dog Section Inspector, Mark Fallows said: "Both dogs have been a real asset to the department and in a few short weeks, both have already made key drugs finds.

"It’s great to know that our partners in other agencies, such as Guide Dogs Liverpool, are able to spot qualities in a dog, that while aren't suited in a guide dog, will help to make a great police dog.

"We work closely with Guide Dogs Liverpool and are delighted that the dogs they have provided to us have passed their training and are now helping to us to keep the streets of Merseyside safe.”

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