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Co Antrim cat ‘could be oldest in world’

A Co Antrim cat could be the oldest in the world, at 31 in human terms and 141 in “cat years”.

Sasha has been with her owner Beth for 25 years and may now have a shot at a place in the Gunness World Records.

Her age came to the attention of a local vet recently after she needed an operation – causing astonishment given how healthy she is for her advanced years.

Aideen Kennedy went to Newtownabbey to meet the top cat.

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Three NI pups training to be sniffer dogs

The pups could go on to work as snifer dogs around the globe. Credit: UTV

Three Northern Ireland puppies are hoping they have a nose for success as they train to become sniffer dogs working for security forces around the world.

Some of the dogs trained by Christopher Hanlon have gone on to work for the PSNI, while others have ended up with police forces across Europe and in China.

As part of their early training, the pups spend a number of weeks at Streamvale farm in Dundonald to be socialised, as Richard Cull has been finding out.

Kittens dumped outside Newry shop seeking homes

The kittens were found outside a shop in Newry, Co Down.

Five kittens have been rescued after being dumped in a cardboard box outside a shop on the Dublin Road in Newry.

The tiny kittens managed to crawl out of the box they were abandoned in and were headed towards a busy main road when the owner of the pet shop spotted them just in time.

Thought to be under seven weeks old, they are thriving now they are being looked after round-the-clock and will hopefully soon find new homes.

However, as Aideen Kennedy reports, their rescuer wants to raise awareness of the importance of spaying and neutering cats in order to avoid unwanted kittens in the first place.

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