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Dorset charity bring Xmas to rescue dogs

One of their rescue dogs from last year at Christmas Credit: Margaret Green animal rescue

A animal charity in Dorset is appealing to the public to bring joy to a rescue dog by donating a box of goodies.

Margaret Green Animal Rescue in Blandford is asking the public to fill a shoebox to give to rescue dogs at Christmas.

Louise Keeling, who works for the charity, said: "This time of year is always difficult for us. We see an increase in animals coming into our care during the festive season and less people looking to give a rescued pet a forever home.

“If you would prefer to make a shoe box for a cat or chicken, or a larger animal such as a horse, pony or sheep, we have all of these animals in rescue at the moment and many more."

The public are invited to drop off their shoeboxes at either Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre, Lincoln Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre for dogs and Church Knowle Animal Sanctuary and Visitor Centre is just behind Corfe Castle, near Wareham.

Reports of animal attacks up

The RSPCA is reporting increased attacks on animals and staff.

The charity says some of the animals it rescues have suffered injuries from weapons such as metal bars, knifes, and crossbows.

Air rifle attacks on cats are up by 40%. The charity says weapons are also increasingly being turned on RSPCA inspectors. Three out of four inspectors suffer some sort of abuse every year. Today the chairty launched a new appeal called Everyday Heros.

We spoke to Caroline Doe and Sally Jones from the RSPCA.


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Baby dormice saved

Two tiny dormice, which were found abandoned in a flowerpot, are being nursed back to health by carers at the Wildwood Trust near Canterbury.

The endangered animals are being fed a milk formula by hand every two hours and are slowly being weaned onto solid food. David Johns has been to see how they're getting on; he spoke to animal keeper Judi Dunn, and Wildwood's Chief Executive Peter Smith.

Thumb-sized baby dormice rescued from plantpot

Only two of the four dormice survived following the rescue Credit: Wildwood Trust

A group of baby dormice were discovered in a plant pot bought from a garden centre in Kent.

The mice were taken to the Fur and Feather Wildlife Trust in Folkestone and mounted a 24 hour vigil.

Two of the babies did not survive but the two that remain are healthy and safe in the care of the Wildlife Trust conservation.

The Wildwood dormouse rescue centre is the biggest of its kind in the UK and the Canterbury based charity is helping to strengthen dormouse breeding.

Hazel Ryan, Wildwood’s Senior Conservation Officer said, "The hazel dormouse is now classed as extremely vulnerable to extinction but through projects such as this, Wildwood hopes to tip the balance back in favour of the dormouse.”

Due to the cold weather, the survival of the late babies are very small Credit: Wildwood Trust


Getting ready for the Berkshire Show

Video. More than 50,000 people will be heading to Newbury over the next two days to enjoy the Berkshire Show. Visitors can see everything from chickens to llamas, craft displays to hot air balloons. For farmers, it is the shop window for their livestock.

Penny Silvester has been to see how some have been getting their animals ready. She spoke to Terry Perkins, a cattle farmer, Caroline Hadley, a chicken breeder and Ian Lawrence, a pig farmer.

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Animal rescue crisis in south-east

For a nation of animal lovers we're doing a pretty bad job. Animal centres across Kent are reporting ever greater numbers of cats, dogs and other pets being dumped, abandoned or mistreated.

The RSPCA says its centres at Canterbury and Leybourne are now at crisis point - so full, they simply can't deal with any more animals. David Johns reports, speaking to Christine Dooley and Adele Collier from the RSPCA in Kent.

To help re-home a cat or any of the other animals, please call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0751 or visit

Heifer and baby rescued by fire service

The pregnant cow being rescued by Hampshire Fire Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire firefighters were involved in a dramatic rescue of a pregnant cow and her baby from a muddy pit in Crawley.

The heifer and her calf were saved from the pit with the calf being safely born minutes later.

A team of firefighters helped the calving cow out of the pit to safety Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

When firefighters arrived, the cow was almost fully submerged in the slurry pit up to her neck, desperately trying to stay afloat.

Calving while submerged in the pit, odds of the calf being delivered were very slim.

As soon as the calf was delivered the farmer and vet set to work to get it to breathe.

After a challenging delivery, the mother and baby are fit and well and were standing up only 20 minutes after birth.

The cow and her calf have made a quick recovery Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
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