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Video: Kent fire crews bring in new oxygen masks for pets

Now, if you had a fire in your home, what would be the first thing you saved? Well, apart from your family, the most likely second choice would be a pet. Some of us would even risk out own lives to rescue them. But the prospect of recovery afterwards is often slim. So now, Kent Fire & Rescue Service have started using new oxygen masks for pets to improve their chances. Andrea Thomas explains. She spoke to Lynn Carberry from the not for profit organisation Smokey Paws and Dave Nolan from Kent Fire & Rescue Service.

'Wonderful outcome' stolen dog Zulu reunited with owner thanks to microchip

Zulu reunited with her owner one year after she was stolen Credit: Winchester City Council

A man who thought his puppy had been lost forever has been reunited with her a year after she was stolen from his home in Devon.

Zulu, a female brindle lurcher was just 15 weeks old when thieves broke down a fence and stole her from her owner Danny Allan's garden.

She was found at Swanmore College in Hampshire on October 13th 2015 and taken to a vet who called Winchester City Council's Animal Welfare Service that same day.

“Zulu was microchipped, but was registered to a Devon address. I left a message on the telephone number given to say that we had found the dog.

Some people pass dogs on and forget to update the microchip database so, as it was so far away, I wasn’t optimistic that we would locate the owner. “

– Dave Griffiths, Senior Animal Welfare Officer

However, Danny Allan, who now lives in Wiltshire called the next day and collected her. Senior Animal Welfare Officer Dave Griffiths said the reunion was a wonderful outcome, and showed the value of microchipping pets as a deterrent to thieves.

From April 2016 all dogs will need to microchipped by law. Details on the microchip database also need to be updated.


Britain's top dog comes face to face with his LEGO model!

A Sprocker Spaniel was officially declared the UK’s best pet when he came nose to nose with his perfect LEGO double at Legoland in Windsor.

One-year-old Sully was voted the nation’s top dog for helping a family deal with a life-changing tragedy and was nominated by eight-year-old Ella Harvey.

Sully was joined by his owners, The Harvey family, who credit their dog with bringing them closer together after dad, Gavin, lost both legs on a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The canine topped a nationwide search to find the country’s best pet friend and Ella was overjoyed to see her puppy pal honoured with his very own LEGO model.

Sully has helped the family to overcome dark times.

Ella's mum, Kerry, said: "There's so much physically that we can't do as a family since Gavin was inured. But Sully helps us to bridge that activity gap."

The playful spaniel took a keen interest in his LEGO double, which took a model maker 11 days to create from 6,255 individual bricks.

Two Akita dogs stolen from house

These two Akita dogs have been stolen from a house in Sevenoaks Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police is appealing for information after two Akita dogs were reported stolen from a house in Horton Kirby, Sevenoaks.

The incident occurred between 7.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 1 August 2015.

It was reported that the owner of the dogs locked them away in a room at her house in Carleton Place before going out for a couple of hours. When she returned the door to the room had been opened and the dogs had gone.

Anyone with information is asked to call the appeal line on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/15239/15 or email Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Dog owners urged to 'take the lead' near railways

A train driver from Farnborough has described the moment he almost hit a dog-walker at a level crossing in Surrey.

Five people have died and there have been more than 180 near-misses involving dog walkers in the last five years, according to new figures.

Network Rail and Dogs Trust have teamed up and released a new safety campaign video designed to shock, as Emma Wilkinson reports:

10,000 dogs vying for top spot at championship show

Nearly ten thousand dogs have been on display in Berkshire this weekend at the Newbury Showground.

The SCAA Championship Dog Show was a chance for dogs of various different breeds to compete against each other. From greyhounds to wolfhounds, and springers to spaniels, owners have been vying for top honours in what the organisers say is the fastest growing international dog show in Britain. Penny Silvester has our report.

Easter chocolate warning for pet owners

Chocolate at a market stall Credit: Press Association

Pet owners are being advised about the dangers of chocolate this Easter, as vets warn it is the culprit responsible for the greatest number of poisonings in dogs in the UK.

According to figures, Easter is the second busiest time of the year for chocolate related health problems for dogs after Christmas.

Experienced veterinary surgeon Dr Huw Stacey, Head of Clinical Services at Vets4Pets, says a few preparations before the Easter Egg hunts start at home can prevent pet misery.

“Easter is a time when vets often see a significant increase in the number of cases of pets, particularly dogs, being poisoned by eating chocolate,” said Huw.

“At Vets4Pets we’re noticing a continual increase in the awareness of the dangers of chocolate to our pets, but it’s important we continue spreading the message."

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