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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."

Dogs allegedly stolen found in Ashford

Two dogs that were allegedly stolen, are due to be reunited with their owners after a warrant was carried out at a property in Ashford.

Officers executed a search warrant under the Theft Act at a smallholding and grounds in Egerton Road, Charing Heath, Ashford on Wednesday 11 March.

The dogs were found in a kennel at the property and checks revealed they had been stolen.

Springer Spaniel 'Millie' and Cocker Spaniel 'Sampson'‘Millie’, a 2 ½ year-old Springer Spaniel was allegedly stolen from a garden in Stowting Common on 4 January and ‘Sampson’, a 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel was allegedly stolen from a garden in Bilsington on 22 January.

49-year-old Douglas Steven Dunn of Egerton Road, Charing Heath, Ashford was arrested and subsequently charged with two counts of Handling Stolen Goods.

He was released on bail to answer before Folkestone Magistrates on 13 April.

'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.

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