The RSPCA has reported a big rise in the number of dogs brought into the UK illegally, which could cost their new owners.
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 animal charity, the RSPCA, is warning that the number of dogs smuggled into the UK illegally has risen over the last year, since quarantine rules were changed.
David Bowles, from the RSPCA, had this advice for anyone worried about their pet.
The number of dogs being smuggled into the country is on the rise, according to the animal charity the RSPCA.
Carolyn and Eleanor Donkin from Newcastle bought a Maltese Terrier online, which they later discovered had been imported illegally. They had to hand over the dog so it could be quarantined and given a full set of innoculations.
Pet charity Blue Cross is launching a campaign to urge people not to follow pet fashion trends as the types of pets being abandoned at rehoming centres mirror celebrity trends.
From Game of Thrones inspired wolf-like breeds - to the pocket-sized pooches frequently spotted with their famous owners in the front row at fashion shows - the type of pets abandoned at rehoming centres increasingly mirrors the latest film or celebrity trend.
Rehoming centres has seen a five-fold increase in the number of wolf-like breeds such as huskies given up and a steady year on year increase in `handbag dogs'.
The charity is calling on owners to make a pledge that their pets are a passion and not for fashion by posting a picture of themselves with their pet on Twitter.
Blue Cross hopes it will spread the message that pets are more than just an accessory.
Resident penguins at Scarborough's Sea-life centre are being fed anti-depressents with their fish to cheer them up.
They have been diagnosed with depression - and believe it or not it's all down to our weather.
Penguins may be used to the cold, but it seems they really don't like the wind and rain they are been subjected to here this winter.
Seabirds can be affected by wet-weather blues too…as staff at Scarborough Sea Life centre have discovered.
The centre’s resident penguins are so cheesed off by the relentless rain and wind, they have all been put on a course of anti-depressants.
It is the first time the dozen Humboldt penguins have needed such medication since they were severely stressed by a break-in at the attraction almost three years ago.
“Humboldt’s in the wild on the coast of Peru and Chile can be subjected to some pretty wild extremes of weather,” said display curator Lyndsey Crawford.
“What they don’t get though is weeks of almost daily downpours and high winds,” she added.
“After the first week our birds were just a bit subdued, but after over a month now, they are thoroughly fed-up and miserable, much like the rest of us.”
"Misery can lower the body’s natural defences in penguins even more easily than in humans, and that is why the penguins have been prescribed ‘uppers’ to try and head off any more serious symptoms.
“They’re doing the trick so far, but we are all praying for the weather to change and at least a few successive days of sunshine to give the penguins the tonic they really need.
A business in Whitby have opened a luxury dog hotel and spa - the first of its kind in the UK - where owners are spending hundreds of pounds to make sure their dogs are looking and feeling their best.
Helen Steel - and her dog Meg - went along to found out more.
A six week old otter has been taken to a vet's surgery in Stockton after being found in a caravan park.
The creature, nicknamed 'Otty', will be taken to a sanctuary next week, but in the meantime is being looked after at the surgery, where it's being fed puppy milk.
It is thought Otty has come out of the River Tees.
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.