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The dog that appears in court

A dog is being used in courts in Kent with the aim of supporting witnesses and victims, who may feel nervous about giving evidence. Poppy, a Jack Russell cross, is part of a study being run by Canterbury Christ Church University. Tom Savvides talks to Elizabeth Spruin and Katarina Mozova from the university. The report also contains footage form Canine Companions for Independence.


Meet Billy, one of the hundreds of puppies abandoned after Christmas

A charity in Kent says the message that 'a dog is for life not just for Christmas' still isn't getting through. Hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are still being abandoned every year.

Like 4 month old puppy Billy, who was handed in at the Dogs Trust in Canterbury yesterday.

Sarah Saunders spoke to Harriet Blaskett from the Dogs Trust Canterbury

'Dog is for Life' slogan not getting through, warns animal charity

A charity in Kent has warned that the slogan 'A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas' is not getting through.

The Dogs Trust in Canterbury says hundreds of unwanted dogs, given as gifts, are being abandoned every year.

Harriet Blaskett, Canterbury Dogs Trust, with 4-month-old Billy, a Yorkie - Chihuahua cross, who was handed in yesterday:


Wanda gets her wheels - dog story with a happy ending

Wanda, the cocker spaniel, when she was a younger puppy

A dog who was born with twisted front legs has been given a specially designed wheelchair to help her get around.

Wanda, the cocker spaniel, is 10 months old. She found it hard to exercise because of her wonky legs.

However after she was handed in to an animal rescue home in Kent, the staff there decided to find a way to make her life easier and more active. Sarah Saunders reports on the dog who has been lovingly nicknamed Wonky Wanda.

The interviewees are Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney a rescue co-ordinator at Cinque Ports Rescue in Deal; and Eileen Mellis, founder of Cinque Ports Rescue.

Puppies sold after being kept in horrific conditions

The puppies were kept in horrific conditions Credit: RSPCA

Dealers have pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with the breeding and selling of sick and dying puppies.

Teresa Wade of Ship Lane, Aveley, in Essex, pleaded guilty to one offence of conspiracy to commit fraud at Basildon Crown Court.

Victoria Montgomery of Melford Avenue, Barking, in London, changed her plea to guilty part-way through the four-week trial.

Her daughter, Roxanne Montgomery of Grafton Road, Dagenham and her partner Tony Hammond of Brunswick Court, Upminster, had already pleaded guilty to the same offence - of making false representations as to the condition of puppies being sold, intending to make a gain.

The RSPCA launched an investigation into these puppy dealers after receiving dozens of calls from members of the public complaining about buying sick and dying puppies.

Undercover investigations for the animal welfare charity found that two houses were being used as front addresses to sell the dogs from, while they were transported there from a travellers’ site.

RSPCA inspector Carroll Lamport, who led the investigation, said: “We received lots of complaints from members of the public who had bought puppies which were really poorly.

“Following some investigations, we found out that this network of puppy breeders and dealers were using front addresses to sell the dogs from, making out that they’d come from loving, family homes.

“The reality was far from that. These dogs were being bred and kept at a travellers’ site in Aveley, until it came time to advertise them online and sell them to unsuspecting members of the public when they were moved to these staged home environments. Sentencing will take place in December.

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