Cat owners in a County Durham village say they live in fear for their pets after several animals were shot with an air rifle.
The PDSA has launched a campaign to find the regions fattest pets to help them slim down.
The region yet again tops a league it should never even be in. This report contains distressing images.
Seven-year-old Spaniel/Collie cross Oscar from Sunderland weighed in at 5st 2lbs.
After losing a stone a routine vet check discovered a lump on his side.
“Without shedding the pounds, the lump would never have been picked up, and could have turned into something nasty,” said his owner Tanya Burrell.
Ruby’s waistline started to creep up after she was adopted four years ago.
Underweight and unloved, she was found roaming the streets.
The Martin family took her in and lavished attention, and treats, on her, admitting they ‘spoilt her rotten’.
But now she has slimmed down to a third of her bodyweight.
A dog from Sunderland has won a national pet fitness award.
Ruby, a Jack Russell Terrier, lost a third of her body weight in six months.
She had been morbidly obese but is now just above the perfect weight.
We have heard of dogs that help their owners cross the road and even answer the phone.
Now they are going a step further, with some being trained to help their disabled owners operate washing machines simply by barking.
Michael Billington reports.
A Teesside farm has been celebrating the birth of 12 rare piglets. The new additions were born at Newham Grange Farm in Middlesbrough four weeks ago.
They are from the Middlewhite species, said to be rarer than the Siberian Tiger.
People are being warned to be extra careful when buying puppies after two litters of illegally imported dogs were sold in Northumberland.
The Shih Tzu and Maltese terrier puppies had been smuggled into the country without the proper immunisations meaning that they could be carrying rabies.
Beverley Heddon, who bought one of the dogs for £600, told ITV News reporter Julia Barthram she was devastated to be told she must pay for an extended stay in quarantine for her pet, or have it destroyed.
Beverley Heddon, from Ryton, bought one of the dogs.
Bella a Maltese Terrier, was bought five weeks ago for £600.
When she discovered Bella was one of the illegal imports she had to choose between paying another £500 for her to go into quarantine or have her destroyed.
Northumberland Trading Standards have traced 8 puppies, five are now in quarantine, 3 died from disease they hadn't been immunised against.
Dog lovers have been warned to be extra careful when buying puppies after two litters of illegally imported pups were sold in the area.
The Shih Tzu and Maltese dogs are believed to have been bred in puppy farms in Eastern Europe, taken to Holland and then smuggled into this country without having had the correct immunisations.
The puppies have been taken from their mothers weeks before they should be and are at risk of carrying Rabies.
A number of animals have been killed or injured in a spate of attacks in a County Durham village where a mystery cat killer is terrorising residents' pets with an air rifle.
One mother has now stopped her daughter from riding her pony through the streets as she is worried they may become a target.
Claire Montgomery's full report is below.