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'He gets so excited' meet Harry, the skateboarding dog!

The owner of a labrador-cross says he is one talented pooch.

A dog owner from Hampshire is hoping that her pet will become the new face of an animal charity. Christina Farley from Stubbington claims her Labrador-cross, Harry, is one of the cleverest dogs in the country.

Harry has reached the final of a competition run by Blue Cross. He has an extensive trick list, that even includes skateboarding. Richard Jones reports.

Fred meets the dogs, abandoned and left to die

Their desperate plight shocked animal lovers, not just here. but around the world. A dog and her eight pups were abandoned, weak with hunger - their coats so long and matted they looked like piles of discarded rubbish.

Thankfully all nine dogs are making a good recovery, though it's going to take time to overcome both physical and psychological problems.

They are are being cared for at rescue centres in Hampshire. Fred went along to see them.



Stolen dogs are reunited with their owners

Two stolen dogs were found safe and well after being abandoned by the side of the road in Burpham, Surrey, shortly before midnight the same day.

Officers are making further enquiries into the incident, including reviewing local CCTV footage and are following up a number of lines of enquiry.

We have interview with Simon Drayson, who is relieved to have the dogs back again.

Dog owner sought by police after attack on sheep

The owner of a dog that attacked two sheep near Playden in Sussex is being sought by police.

The German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois dog was spotted in fields in the Bowlers Town area, off the A268 Rye Road.

It was standing by the two badly injured sheep around 10.30am on Monday but ran off when approached by the landowner. It was black and tan and wearing a black harness with a large silver disc attached to its collar.

One of the sheep died at the scene and the other had to be put down due to the severity of its injuries.

Sussex Police said: 'Dogs should always be kept under full control, ideally on leads, especially while walking where there is livestock. Owners also need to check their own boundary fences and keep their dogs contained within their own property."

Abandoned dog described as looking like 'bag of bones'

The RSPCA have appealed for the owners of an abandoned whippet to come forward after it was found abandoned looking severely underweight with painful sores all over its body.

Bramble the three-year-old dog was discovered by a member of public in Abbotsbury, Dorset, on Saturday.

Bramble the three-year-old whippet. Credit: RSPCA

RSPCA Insp John Pollock said:

Poor Bramble is so thin, she is just skin and bones and has sores all over her body.

This poor girl needs plenty of tender loving care as she is so thin and the sores are deep and infected. It was desperately sad to see.

We do not know how long she has been like this and was picked up as a stray. She is in a bad way and we would like to be able to track down her owner.

– John Pollock

Anyone who has any information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

Dog walkers urged to control pets near sheep

The NFU is urging dog walkers to keep their pets under control around livestock this autumn.

Late autumn is the mating season for sheep, so the Love Your Countryside campaign aims to prevent owners from letting dogs run freely in fields, which can frighten the pregnant females and cause an early abortion.

Dog walkers are urged to keep their pets under control around livestock. Credit: PA

If you’re out walking this autumn, keep your dog close, under effective control and on a short lead. Remember that farmers’ livelihoods depend on farm animals being happy and productive and we can’t risk livestock being distressed, hurt or even killed by dogs running wild and chasing them. So, be responsible by following a few simple do’s and don’ts in the Countryside Code and back British farming.

– Catherine Jones, Kent NFU Advisor

President of the British Veterinary Association John Blackwell added: “We need to be sure that our dogs are under control particularly around livestock. The very presence of an unfamiliar dog in a field of livestock will immediately put the stock on alert.”

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