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Increase in calls to rescue dogs from cars

Passers-by are being advised to call police Credit: ITV

The RSPCA is warning dog owners in the South East not to leave their pets in cars during warm weather. It comes after they received an increase in rescue calls last week. They're advising passers-by to call the police if they suspect a dog has been locked in a vehicle.

How to spot and treat arthritis in dogs before it's too late

Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating disease in humans if it's not treated effectively.

But imagine if you were unable even to tell anyone how you were suffering?

That's the reality for our pets. Dogs especially are prone to develop arthritis.

Now a vet from Sussex has launched a campaign to improve how it's diagnosed and managed.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management, dog owner Tim Mayer, and Gwen Covey-Crump, Veterinary Pain Specialist.

For free advice and information about recognising and treating the disease, go to


Starving dog is now thriving in new home

Penny is thriving in her new surroundings Credit: RSPCA
Penny was found starving and dehydrated Credit: RSPCA

Penny was weak, starving and dehydrated when she was found collapsed, dumped on a heap of rubbish in Essex earlier this year.

Now the 18-month-old saluki is happy, healthy (and rather spoiled!) in her loving new home.

Penny was found in East Tilbury, Essex, on 2 June by two men after their vehicle broke down and they waited for help to arrive. They spotted the skinny dog curled up amongst the rubbish and called the RSPCA.

Inspector Rebecca Benson rushed to the scene and took Penny straight to the vets. She couldn’t stand and could barely lift her head. The charity launched an investigation and Penny was taken in by Danaher Animal Home, in Braintree.

Just under two months later, Penny had a special trip to London to appear on ITV’s This Morning with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. And within a few weeks, Gordon Oxley and his wife Carol made the long drive from County Durham to Essex to meet the pooch.

“We saw Penny online and read her description,” Gordon said. “She looked lovely and we went to see her.”

It was love at first sight for the retired couple who had been searching for the right dog for some time.


Woman regains use of hands after caring for rabbits

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A woman who rescued two rabbits says they "gave her her life back" after she regained the use of her paralysed hands after caring for them.

Marley-Belle Quaid from Guildford rehomed Woodstock and Wilfred who were rescued by the RSPCA.

Marley-Belle was confined to a wheelchair and unable to move her hands after a series of painful operations but had movement back in her wrists after six months.

Despite attempting physiotherapy, nothing had worked for the 32 year old.

The rabbits now have their own bedroom and a room filled with play furniture, such as hides, tunnels to simulate warrens, jumps and a hay pit, to keep them stimulated and happy.

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"The first time I saw them I knew I would do whatever it took to have them in my life. They had been found dumped in woods by a woman running a race, who found them matted and neglected. One of them, Woodstock, was tangled in a bramble bush."

"The pair were rescued by the RSPCA but spent a year in foster care because no-one wanted the hard work it takes to keep them groomed and tidy. Although I had help day-to-day, I didn't know how I was going to manage doing it myself when no-one was there because of my wrists but I wanted to make it work."

"Within six months, I had full, malleable wrists, I was grooming Wilfred and Woodstock by myself on my own lap and I could use scissors again. My surgeon was quite astounded I had the use that I had with my wrists again. These bunnies were a massive part of my recovery."

"Before I had to use my wheelchair all the time, because I couldn't use my hands to grip my crutches. That meant there were shops I couldn't go into or places I couldn't get to because I needed my crutches."

"Woodstock and Wilfred have given me so much more than love, they've given me independence and freedom."

– Marley-Belle Quaid, Owner

"Marley's story is a moving example of the power of pets to really change lives. When Marley adopted Wilfred and Woodstock she gave them the chance of a loving home and a happy future but these amazing rabbits have also given Marley her own life back. We know that the wonderful people who adopt rescue animals change the lives of those animals but pets have a real impact on our own health and wellbeing too, which is why the bond between owner and pet is so special."

– Dr Jane Tyson, RSPCA rabbit behaviour and welfare expert

VIDEO: Two men ride pony trap on wrong side of road

Two men have been seen riding a pony trap on the wrong side of the carriageway on Rheims Way in Canterbury.

Police approached them, but the pair failed to stop.

The men travelled on a pedestrian pathway into a residential estate making abusive gestures.

Officers are attempting to trace the men as they would like to speak to them in connection with possible furious riding and public order offences.

Police dogs play key role in solving crimes

The police dogs are helping to solve crimes in Sussex Credit: Sussex Police

A drug-dealer, a drink-driver and a suspected burglar were all located by police dogs - proving you can run, but you can’t hide.

The incidents in Brighton, Crawley and Broad Oak are among some of the latest call outs for PD Spike and PD Diesel and their handler PC Mark Tully, as well as PD Troy and his handler PC Will Hewson.

Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Police Dog Unit have a wide range of tools and technology at their disposal, but it is often their canine counterparts that provide the most effective means of detection.

The work of PD Diesel was typical. He led officers to a stash of drugs and cash.

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