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The car transformed... into a dog... for dogs

Would you take it for a drive or for a walk? That's the dilemma facing chauffeur Justin Scrutton who's created a unique mode of transport that's turning heads in Dartford.

Some might even say that the man known for his love of animals has now gone barking mad - as Andy Dickenson explains.

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Appeal after dog found with bite marks in Reading

Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found injured in Reading.

A member of the public found the animal on Sunday in the Burghfield area.

He had bite marks all over his face and a bad leg injury which it's believed were caused by badger baiting or some sort of illegal hunting activity.

The dog is now back with his previous owners receiving treatment.

"This poor dog was found in Reading in a horrendous state, with a de-gloved lower jaw - meaning the skin had been ripped from his muzzle. He also had leg wounds and many old scars on his face."

"Veterinary inspection confirmed the dog's awful injuries were consistent with illegal activity, potentially hunting or badger baiting."

"Microchip details traced the dog back to previous owners in South Wales - who were horrified to hear of how the dog had been found, and the fears of the vet. They have brought the poor thing back to Treharris."

"Anyone with information about how this dog was found in the Burghfield area of Reading with horrific injuries on 29 October is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence."

– RSPCA inspector, Sophie Daniels

Dog owners risk breaking the law during car journeys

It's not only dangerous but it's illegal. Driving a car with a dog inside unrestrained is something hundreds of pet owners in the south east have admitted to - with many not even realising they're breaking the law. It's prompted the Dog's Trust to launch the Houndway Code - to keep dogs and drivers safe on the roads. Tony Green reports.

How to spot and treat arthritis in dogs before it's too late

Arthritis can be a painful and debilitating disease in humans if it's not treated effectively.

But imagine if you were unable even to tell anyone how you were suffering?

That's the reality for our pets. Dogs especially are prone to develop arthritis.

Now a vet from Sussex has launched a campaign to improve how it's diagnosed and managed.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Hannah Capon of Canine Arthritis Management, dog owner Tim Mayer, and Gwen Covey-Crump, Veterinary Pain Specialist.

For free advice and information about recognising and treating the disease, go to www.caninearthritis.co.uk

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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.

Tough love needed to help pets shed excess weight

We hear a lot these days about the problem of obesity, but it's not just humans who are struggling with their weight.

The same is true of our pets - dogs, cats and even rabbits are piling on the pounds.

Now, an animal expert from Sussex has set himself a challenge - to slim down a loveable but far too cuddly Golden Retriever.

Malcolm Shaw has the story.

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:

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