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Easter warning to dog owners

Dogs should not be given chocolate Credit: ITV
A warning not to give Easter treats to your dog. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.

The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.

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Daisy the dog needs a home

Families are being urged to think hard about whether they can afford a dog before getting one.

In the last 3 years the number of people telling Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter they can't afford their pet has risen by 24%.

Daisy was found as a stray and brought in by the dog warden but no one claimed her.

The Shelter's Chief Executive Leyla Rutter and Daisy came into the studio to talk about how much it costs to own a dog

If you would like more information please contact Leyla Rutter at Newcastle Dog and Cat Shelter.

Families urged to check finances before getting a dog

Families thinking of getting a pet dog are being urged to check they can afford the new addition in the long term.

Experts are worried more people are abandoning their pets because they don't realise the costs involved with their care.

As David Wood reports, food, pet insurance and visits to the vets add up and can leave people struggling to pay the bills.

New charity calendar features canine cops

Harry the retired Durham police dog whose colleagues are now calendar pin-ups. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Dog-lovers are being invited to make a date with Durham's canine cops, and help a newly-established charity at the same time.

Earlier this year officers from the force's dog section established 'Paws Up', a benevolent fund for retired police dogs.

It has been created to look after the welfare of police dogs when they retire from service.

'Paws Up' will help fund pet insurance, food, toys and bedding.

The charity has produced a 2014 calendar featuring serving and retired police dogs.

Police warn dog owners over spiked food

Police are warning dog walkers in Darlington to take extra care after food which is thought to have been deliberately spiked with harmful objects was left in popular parks.

An apple with a metal screw pushed into it was left in The Denes park on Monday.

A month earlier, sausages with nails hidden inside were left in South Park.

Police say a dog in The Denes was close to eating the apple but its owner managed to spot the screw.

It's believed the food was left by someone intent on hurting dogs or wildlife.

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