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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.”


Homeless dogs to enjoy Easter surprise

Jake is up for adoption at the rehoming centre in Reading Credit: Dogs' Trust

Homeless dogs in Berkshire are being treated to their very own Easter egg hunt - with no chocolate involved.

Staff at the Dogs Trust centre in Plumb Farm have hidden Easter toys for the dogs to sniff out and fetch.

Remy is one of the dogs taking part in the Easter fun Credit: Dogs' Trust

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Rehoming Centre Manger, says: “We have lots of sprightly dogs at the centre who need to burn off energy so we thought we’d create a fun Easter game for them to enjoy and help them practice their recall too.

"We would like to remind everyone about the dangers of leaving chocolate around for dogs to consume. It is extremely toxic to dogs because it contains the chemical theobromine which can cause poisoning."

Special Easter egg hunt for dogs in Reading

Whilst children across the South will be digging into their chocolate Easter eggs, the Newbury Dogs' Trust is warning families not to feed them to their dogs.

The Dogs' Trust in Newbury are hosting an Easter egg hunt especially for their homeless dogs this weekend.

The egg hunt will see dogs digging up Easter-themed toys in a sand area to keep them entertained over the long weekend.

Chocolate is deadly for pet dogs, as the cocoa in the food can kill the animals.

Cross breed pup needs a home

Dogs Trust Newbury are looking to home the pup Credit: Dogs Trust

A mismatched dog from Newbury is searching for a home, despite his unique appearance.

Crinkle is a half Sharpei and half Terrier and staff at Newbury's Dog's Trust hope potential owners will embrace the friendly pup.

Jenny Hopkins, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, says:“Crinkle is such a character and his unusual looks have really become a talking point at the centre. With his wrinkly face and stumpy body, it’s hard not to be won over by Crinkle’s adorable appearance.

"“He came to us as a stray so we don’t know much about his history but he is a friendly boy who loves to lap up all the fuss from staff and visitors alike."

Man attacked before his dog was stolen

A man from Brighton was attacked by two men who then stole the victim's dog.

The incident happened on Thursday 27th March in the late afternoon in the open area of Dukes Mound.

The 30-year-old victim was walking his dog when he was assaulted and his Staffordshire bull terrier wearing a black leather studded coat was stolen.

The two suspects were with a woman at the time of the incident.

The first man was described as mixed race, aged late 30s with long black hair.

The second man was mixed race, aged 30 with short black hair and the woman was of mixed race with black shoulder length hair tied in a ponytail.

Anyone who saw the incident is asked to call 101.


The hidden parasite that could be deadly for your dog

Pet owners are being told to be on the lookout for signs their dog could have picked up the potentially deadly lungworm parasite.

Research from the Royal Veterinary College has revealed that incidences of lungworm are increasing.

The warm, wet winter is thought to be a contributing factor. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Cheryl Miller from the Retired Greyhound Trust in Kent and Jane Radford, whose dog Tess contracted the illness.

Four puppies abandoned in a shoebox are on the mend

A litter of puppies are recovering, after being dumped in a shoebox over Christmas.

The four pups were discovered behind a supermarket in Canterbury, and are now being looked after at a rescue centre in Whitstable.

It's thought they were just a day old when they were abandoned. They've each been named after holiday pantomime characters.

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