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Charity condemns rise in number of abandoned 'fashionable' dogs

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.

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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.

Dog lover pleads guilty to death threat

A man has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a man after an argument over his pet.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how Arron Morgan believed David Gray posed some sort of threat to his pet and warned him he would kill him after a row last summer.

Mr Morgan broke into Mr Gray's home in Hendon and turned on the gas hoping Mr Gray would light a cigarette and blow himself up.

The court heard how Arron Morgan realised he was risking someone's life and raised the alarm before any actual damage was done.

"You went to his house, turned on the gas assuming there would be an explosion when he came back and lit a cigarette.

"Fortunately for you and for everyone else, you realised what a stupid thing it was you had done and the threat never materialised otherwise it would have been very, very serious indeed."

"What you did, as you know, was wrong."

"You were angry and I understand you were angry but it does not entitle you to behave as you did."You uttered a very serious threat about what you intended to do, making a threat to kill, then went to David Gray's house."

– Judge James Goss QC

"He has health problems including brain damage and autism and has as history of issues and is very close to his dog."

"It was a perceived wrong in relation to his dog and he allowed his feelings to get out of control."

"His anxiety is what is going to happen to his dog today if he went into custody."

– Robin Patton who defended Arron Morgan

Mr Morgan pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill and burglary.

Judge James Goss QC sentenced Arron Morgan to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with supervision and a three-month night time curfew.

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Shy police dogs need new homes

Bella Credit: Northumbria Police

Two German Shepherd dogs donated to Northumbria Police are too shy and so need new homes. Northumbria Police is searching for people to give Bella and Blakey somewhere to settle.

Bella is six months old and has not started police dog training because of her nervousness.

Blakey Credit: Northumbria Police

18-month-old Blakey started a course but her nervousness has held her back. Both dogs are can be wary of new people but with extra TLC they have potential to be great pets, say officers.

If you're interested you can contact Northumbria Police here.