National Dress Up Your Pet Day 2014

Pet owners across the UK are putting pom-poms on pooches and capes on kittens in celebration of all creatures great and small.

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Junk food 'causing misery to thousands of Wales pets'

Vet charity PDSA says seeing morbidly obese pets is now an everyday occurrence in vet practices Credit: PDSA

Pet owners in Wales are sharing their unhealthy eating habits with their animals in a "well-intentioned but misguided attempt to make them happy," warns vet charity PDSA.

Research by the charity shows that almost seven in 10 pet owners in Wales give their pets fatty treats, putting their quality of life at risk.

Takeaways, biscuits, chips and even alcohol are some of the high-calorie human treats being shared with thousands of pets across the country.


Rare great spotted cuckoo attracts birdwatchers in Pembrokeshire

Birdwatchers have been descended on Penally, Pembrokeshire in the hope of spotting a great spotted cuckoo.

The bird is an extremely rare sight in the UK, preferring to inhabit southern parts of Europe, as well as Asia and Africa.

The last time the bird was seen in the UK was in Norfolk in 2009.

The bird has stayed in Pembrokeshire for a week Credit: Athena Picture Agency

This cuckoo has surprised experts by remaining in the area for nearly a week.

More: Warning over escaped golden eagle in West Wales

Appeal for kitten's owners after engine trouble in Barry

The kitten, estimated to be around 7-8 weeks old, was found stuck in a car engine in Barry Credit: RSPCA Cymru

A kitten has had a lucky escape after getting stuck in the engine of a car in Barry.

The female, estimated to be 7-8 weeks old, had to be rescued by South Wales Fire Service after she was discovered in a Peugeot.

Staff at RSPCA Cymru are now trying to trace her owners.

Inspector Danielle Baber said: ”Kittens are curious by nature but luckily this cheeky creature’s adventure didn’t result in any harm coming to her.

"She is a very vocal little cat, with lots of personality, but sadly she isn’t microchipped or wearing ID so we have no idea where she came from. If anyone in the Barry area is missing a black kitten, I would urge them to contact us immediately.”

Anyone who thinks they know who this kitten belongs to is asked to contact the inspector’s information line on 0300 123 8018.

Terrier saved from Snowdonia ledge

The terrier was tucked into a rescuer’s jacket and lowered to safety
The terrier was tucked into a rescuer’s jacket and lowered to safety Credit: Bellis Media

Mountain rescue teams saved a Jack Russell terrier that was stuck on a ledge in Snowdonia. Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team joined police and an RAF rescue helicopter after fears that a walker may have fallen too.

Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team,
Ogwen Valley mountain rescue team Credit: Bellis Media

The dog was found on broken cliffs at Cwm Cywion. Four members of the Ogwen team climbed the steep terrain to rescue the dog. The black and white terrier had to be tucked into a rescuer's jacket before the pair were lowered to safety. At the moment they're unaware of who owns it.


A Chance reunion: Man and dog meet after decade apart

by Tom Sheldrick

A dog named Chance has been reunited with his owner - ten years after he went missing.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier - then aged three - vanished from the family's garden in Barry back in 2004.

Now approaching 13 years old, he has been found 20 miles away in Newport.

ITV News went to meet the newly-reunited family.

Can you solve the mystery of this train-travelling dog?

This sandy-coloured Chihuahua was found on a train travelling from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen yesterday afternoon Credit: RSPCA Cymru

The owner of a dog found travelling alone on a train in Swansea is being sought by staff at RSPCA Cymru.

The sandy-coloured Chihuahua was discovered in a carry case by a guard on the Arriva Trains service from Manchester Piccadilly to Carmarthen yesterday afternoon.

RSPCA workers believe the dog to be elderly, but otherwise healthy.

Inspector Nic De Celis said: “There could be someone out there who is missing this dog and is frantic with worry and we’d really like to reunite them with their pet. But at the moment the reason why this dog was left alone on the train is a complete mystery.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who has any information, whether they noticed the dog while travelling on the train or if they know of someone who is missing a Chihuahua”.

Anyone with information is asked to call 0300 123 8018.

Dog reunited with owner 'day before being put down'

Chance vanished in Barry in 2004, turning up in Newport last week - his owner has no idea what happened to him in between

A student reunited with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier after ten years apart has told ITV News he has no idea what happened to his pet during that time.

Sion Cox, who was 12 when Chance went missing, said: "We don't really have any idea. He seems calm... I don't think he's been fighting or anything!"

Mr Cox picked Chance up last Thursday after a kennel traced him back to the family through his microchip.

Incredibly, Chance was due to be put down one day later.

Poignantly, Mr Cox - now 21 - added: "He's not in the best of shapes now. Basically we just want to give him the best life we can. Feed him, take him out for walks, play... and just see how long he goes for.

"He's nearly 13, so he's an old man now."

Read more: 'Even after ten years I knew it was my dog'

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