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Bundle of puppies dumped over garden fence

Credit: West Sussex RSPCA

A bundle of four golden Labrador puppies - dumped over a garden fence in Essex - have been rescued by RSPCA inspectors.

The fluffy foursome are believed to be around two months old and were found by a householder in Templewood Road in Benfleet yesterday morning. Inspectors are now appealing for information as to how they got there and who might’ve dumped them.

Rescuers have named the pups after 1950’s icon Sinatra, Elvis, Jimmy Dean and Marilyn.

Credit: West Sussex RSPCA

These poor four pups were found just dumped over the back fence of a home in Benfleet.

How anyone could abandon them with no care for their well-being is just beyond me.

They have all been checked over by a vet and thankfully they are all ok.

They are so gorgeous. Sadly none of these pups are chipped so we are asking for anyone who may know where they have come from to get in contact with us.

– Insp Marie Hammerton

RSPCA officers are asking anyone with information to contact their Inspector Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018.

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Pest controller finds super-rat in up-market beach resort

It was as big as a cat - pest control officer Terry Walker said it was the largest rat he has seen in twenty years.

His find has led to fears of a 'winter invasion' by poison-resistant super rats.

The rat was trapped in up-market Sandbanks in Dorset, but other super-specimens have been seen in built-up areas around Poole High Street.

Richard Slee reports:

Interviewees: Terry Walker, Pest Controller Iain Turner, National Pest Technician Association

Pest exterminator catches 19-inch rat

Credit: Terry Walker

A 19 inch rat, which measures the same size as a cat, has been caught by a pest exterminator in Dorset.

Terry Walker caught it in Sandbanks and says it's the biggest rodent he has seen in 20 years.

A rat measuring 16 inches was also found by Terry near Poole High Street.

Credit: Terry Walker

Inseparable doggy duo looking for their furever home

Best friends, Roxy and Casey Credit: Dogs Trust

Staff at Dogs Trust Salisbury are appealing for a loving home for an inseparable doggy duo who have recently arrived at the rehoming centre.

Nine-year-olds Casey, a white German Shepherd, and Roxy the Boxer are the best of friends and have lived together since they were puppies.

Roxy and Casey are looking for an adult only home or one with older teenagers. They could live with other dogs and cats but would prefer a fairly quiet home and only need short walks due to their age.

The Dogs Trust is asking anyone interested in rehoming this "pawsome" pair, to call the rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292.

Nine-year-old white German Shepherd, Casey Credit: Dogs Trust

We hope Roxy and Casey don’t spend too long waiting for their special someone as they are super dogs with so much love to give. Casey is a bright, inquisitive and independent girl whereas Roxy can be quite shy - but once she gets to know you she will be your best friend for life.

They really do bring out the best in each other, so we are looking to re-home them together where they can really enjoy their retirement. They will make a wonderful addition to a loving family once they have settled in their new home.”

– Jacinta Lye, rehoming centre manager, Dogs Trust Salisbury
Nine-year-old Boxer, Roxy Credit: Dogs Trust

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Stolen dogs reunited with owners and others waiting to be claimed

Police, investigating the theft of dogs in Kent, have reunited the stolen animals with their owners.

Officers had been searching for two Springer Spaniels, Percy and Stan, who had been stolen from the Birling area on Friday 13th January.

The found Stan later the same day, returning him to his owners, and found Percy three days later. He has been reunited with Stan.

A 25-year-old man and 47-year-old woman, both from Wateringbury, were arrested on suspicion of theft on Friday 13th January and were bailed to return to the police station today, 16th February.

Additionally, a 28-year-old Wateringbury man is in custody after presenting himself at Tonbridge police station today where he was arrested on suspicion of theft.

The owners were pleased to see their two dogs again so soon after they disappeared.

We have also recovered two further spaniels and two spaniel puppies, and are releasing their photographs to see if anybody recognises them.’

– DS Richard Pringle, Kent Police

Officers also found four other dogs and is urging anyone who recognises them to call Kent Police on 101.

Do you recognise these Cocker Spaniels? Contact Kent Police on 101 Credit: Kent Police
Do you recognise these Spaniel puppies? Contact Kent Police on 101 Credit: Kent Police

Wildlife park closes areas as precaution against bird flu

The bird walkthrough areas have been closed Credit: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Bird walkthrough areas at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens have been closed as a precautionary measure against bird flu. The areas affected include the Tropical House, Bird Walkthrough and Lake areas.

"DEFRA restrictions are now in place throughout the UK as a precaution against avian influenza and we are responsibly following their instructions. All other enclosures (except those in the bird walkthrough areas) will remain open.

"We apologise for any inconvenience and wish to thank visitors for their understanding.

"As soon as the situation changes, and the bird walkthrough areas reopen, we will post updates on Twitter, Facebook and the Park's website."

The wildlife park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens. All the other enclosures remain open as usual including the Rhinos, Giraffes, Lions, Camels etc.

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