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Dog starts fire and then has to be rescued

A dog which started a fire by turning on the electric hob in a flat in Oxfordshire has been rescued by firefighters.

Crews were called to a report of a smoke alarm at New Road in Woodstock - when they arrived they found the dog in a first floor flat.

It's thought the dog was trying to get to some treats which were on top of the cooker and turned it on.

"It was lucky a neighbour heard the smoke alarm and alerted the fire and rescue service at an early stage, this certainly prevented the incident from being much worse."

– Watch Manager Ellis Bicknell

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She's a canine celebrity with her own bank account. Blaise the golden retriever became the poster girl for a John Lewis advert and has appeared in a short film. But even though she can help out with chores around the house - she's not the best behaved dog in the world according to her owner. Sarah Saunders reports from Uckfield

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8 year old girl bitten in the face by a dog

An eight-year-old girl has been left with a broken nose and wounds to her face after being bitten by a Staffordshire bull terrier in East Sussex. She was walking with her mother in Colwood Crescent in Eastbourne, on Saturday night when she was attacked by the black and white dog. She was taken to hospital for treatment

"The child was bitten in the face by the terrier when it leapt at her while being walked by a white girl, 16-18 years old, 5ft 10in, wearing a grey hoodie.

– Sussex Police

Award-winning play comes to the region

The Award-winning National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, is in Oxford this week. Based on Oxford-based Mark Haddon's best-selling book, it tells the story of an autistic boy from Swindon who travels to London, hoping to solve the mystery over the death of a neighbour's dog. The production has been getting rave reviews, especially for it's stunning technical lighting effects, and is at the New Theatre Oxford until Saturday. Andy Bevan reports.

Hero dog saves woman from cancer

A woman from Headcorn in Kent says she's lucky to be alive today after her dog alerted her to an undiagnosed cancer.

Colleen Ferguson says the two-year-old Alsatian began repeatedly sniffing her mouth in an strange way which led her to get a full health check - at which point the tumour was found.

David Johns reports, speaking to Colleen as well as Claire Guest from Medical Detection Dogs.


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Hope for sheep death prosecution

A farmer from Sussex has spoken of his anger after one of his lambs was chased off a cliff by an out-of-control dog.

A local photographer captured the moment the lamb was forced to the cliff edge at Seven Sisters country Park in Seaford.

It's the latest in a series of incidents of sheep-worrying in the county.

David Johns has our report; he spoke to farmer Sam Stanisstreet and James Osman from the NFU. Still pictures by Eddie Nolan.

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Dog reunited with owner after 6 months and 100 miles

He was kidnapped, rescued - then lost - then rescued again - and is now finally back with his rightful owner, after travelling over 100 miles from home.

Jasper the one-year-old whippet was traced by his microchip after he was brought into a Sussex vets - SIX MONTHS after he vanished.

David Johns reports, speaking to Jasper's owner Michael Ford; veterinary surgeon Emily Chadburn; and practice owner Sarah Solomon.

Poorly dog left tied to gate in Newbury

Honey is now on the mend and ready to find a new home Credit: Dogs Trust

A severely ill dog named Honey was left to fend for herself after being found tied to a gate outside the entrance to Dogs Trust Newbury last month.

Sadly the 13-year-old Labrador’s previous owners were unable to give her the level of care that she needed and decided they had no option but to leave her outside the rehoming centre.

She was discovered by a member of staff in the car park with a note that simply stated her name, age and reason for being handed over – that she was unwell.

Honey was left with this note outside Dogs Trust in Newbury Credit: Dogs Trust

Honey was immediately brought into the centre to receive urgent medical care from the vet team. Upon further examination, it was discovered that she was in significant pain and suffering from mammary tumours. On top of this, Honey had a skin condition which also required immediate treatment.

Luckily she was found in time and after receiving round the clock care over the past few weeks, she is on the road to recovery. Staff are now hoping that a new owner can give her a second chance of happiness in the loving home she deserves.

“Whilst it can be difficult and costly to care for an ailing dog, we would urge dog owners in this situation to seek help and advice from their local vets and rescue organisations. Honey struggled to get up when she was first found by staff but thankfully Dogs Trust was able to give her the medical care needed to aid her recovery. This adorable girl has been through such a tough time and we would love for her to get the furry-tail ending she deserves. She is a real softie and has already made so many friends here at the centre. Honey is looking for an adult-only home with a warm, cosy sofa where she can spend her days curled up with her new owner. She loves her treats and enjoys stretching her legs on daily walks so a home with a garden would be ideal. She is happiest in human company so would also like her new owner to be around for most of the day and would need to be the only pet in the home. Dogs Trust will help towards medical bills related to her existing conditions so new owner’s needn’t have concern over extra costs and can focus on making plenty of happy memories with their new furry friend."

– Nicki Barrow, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury

Do you think you could give Honey a loving home? Please call the staff at Dogs Trust Newbury on 01488 658 391, or why not pop into the rehoming centre at Plumb’s Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berks RG20 0HR. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 19 Rehoming Centres in the UK and one in Ireland.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit

Dog "too frightened to find new home"

Agoraphobic rescue dog Whisper is so terrified of people and the outside world that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are finding it impossible to find her a new home.

Whilst most rescue dogs love nothing more than ‘walkies’, meeting people and other dogs, and running around the Home’s exercise paddocks with their balls, Whisper will only leave her kennel once all the other dogs are in bed for the night and the staff and visitors have gone home. Only when the grounds are deserted for the day does she feel it’s safe to venture outside.

Battersea staff have encountered all sorts of behaviours over the years but agoraphobic Whisper is one of the most extreme cases they have ever faced and they wonder how she will ever meet new owners.

Six-year-old Whisper was found cowering underneath a bush in Surrey back in January. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had most likely been used as a breeding bitch before being brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor Home as a stray.

She was undernourished, and her teats were terribly stretched after giving birth to and feeding litter after litter. Whisper’s fear of the outdoors is probably a result of being kept in a shed or indoor cage. She was given her name as the slightest noise or movement would have her cowering in her bed, too scared to leave her kennel and petrified of people and other dogs.

If you can give Whisper the loving home she deserves, or are interested in adopting any of our incredible rescue dogs, you can call Battersea on 0843 509 4444 or visit

“Whisper is a gentle, loving, kind-natured dog, and she is going to make the most amazing pet for someone who has the time and patience to slowly build her trust and confidence. We know that she’s going to need very understanding owners but more than anything we want her to enjoy a life outside kennels like any other dog. Whisper has had a terrible start to life and she really deserves a happy ending.”

– Battersea Senior Animal Welfare Assistant Karen Slavid
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