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Bow-wowie pooch unwanted after 400 viewings

Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Homes

An Alaskan Malamute who's been viewed by almost 400 potential new owners is marking his one year anniversary at a Kent kennels.

Theo, who has strikingly different coloured eyes, one electric blue eye and one dazzling brown, like pop star David Bowie, is currently being carried for by the Battersea dogs' home in Brands Hatch in Kent.

The three-year-old arrived at the rescue centre last year as a stray.

We love all 500 of our canine residents who arrive at our centre in Kent every year but Theo really has something special about him, winning over the hearts of so many staff and people who have met him since he arrived with us a whole year ago.

He is a beautiful boy with lots of love to give.

– Michelle Bevan, Rehoming and Welfare Manager


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Call for cats to be neutered to stop unwanted kittens

Here's a startling fact. A single female cat can become parent, grandparent, and great-grandparent to up to 20 thousand descendants in just five years. Yes, you read that right. Twenty thousand cats.

And that's why animal charities are becoming over-run and are calling for drastic solutions. Cat Chat - the Kent-based charity - wants more vets to offer neutering or spaying for free, or at least at low cost.

David Johns has been to one cat rescue centre to see the extent of the problem.

He spoke to cat rehomer Sharon Weller and Sir Roger Gale MP.

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Kent racer revvs up for the weekend

Brands Hatch race circuit in Kent is once again roaring to the sound of superbikes this weekend. Almost 40 riders took part in practice sessions this morning including Sittingbourne's Shane "Shakey" Byrne. He's currently 12 points clear after just one race so far. That's despite a crash in which he broke his hand in pre-season testing.

David Johns went along to see how things are shaping up, speaking to Shane Byrne and race series director Stuart Higgs.

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Truck couple ready for competition

The sound of 1,000 horsepower truck engines will reverberate around Brands Hatch this weekend as the British Truck Racing Championship kicks off at the Kent circuit. But there's a twist this time round as two of the competitors are husband and wife - and each is determined to see the other off.

David Johns reports, speaking to championship organiser Jonathan Reeves, racing couple Joanne and Wayne Eason, and three times European champion Jochen Hahn.


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Man jailed for racetrack prank

A labourer from Wadhurst in East Sussex has been jailed for public nuisance after endangering lives at the Brands Hatch race circuit. 22-year-old Jack Cottle drove a VW Polo onto the track in the middle of a race and did a lap while a friend filmed them from the back seat. He's been sentenced to eight months. David Johns reports.

Owner of Brands Hatch welcomes sentencing

“I am really pleased that Kent Police and the Court have quite rightly taken such a tough stance on this deliberately reckless act, which endangered the lives of the drivers racing on circuit and the volunteer track marshals, not to mention Jack Cottle and his passengers.

His idiotic and selfish behaviour – aggravated by his unrepentant attitude in subsequent media coverage - received much immediate condemnation. His conviction and prison sentence will serve to reinforce the message that this kind of antisocial behaviour is not only stupid, but will lead to prosecution.”

– Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of MSV (the owner of Brands Hatch)
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