Scientists at Durham University are trying to find out when dogs first became domesticated. They are examining bones from ancient remains of wolves and dogs. It's believed they could have been pets for as long as 35,000 years.
Battersea's oldest dog ever finds a home in County Durham
by Rachel Sweeney
The oldest ever resident of Battersea Dogs Home in London has found a new family 250 miles away in the North East. He was given away by owners who could no longer care for him, but is now settling into his new home in County Durham.
The number of stray dogs in the north east has gone up by 93% in the last 4 years. The latest figures released by *The Dogs Trust *show around 27 dogs are picked up each day.
Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog welfare charity, has released the figures today from its 16th annual Stray Dog Survey. 118,9321 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by Local Authorities across the UK over the last 12 months.
The charity is asking owners to get a microchip placed under their dogs skin to help reunited lost dogs with their owners.