New research suggests that rising costs are leading to more cases of dogs being abandoned and needing new homes.
A survey suggests that in the north west one in ten owners would consider giving up their dog for financial reasons.
Both Manchester and Liverpool are in the top ten cities for dog abandonment.
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A man who carried out the "sadistic" murder of his baby son because he could not stand him crying has been jailed for life.
Seven friends are walking over 150 miles from Crewe to the Stadium of Light to raise funds for Bradley Lowery. They aim to raise over 1500.