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Depressed dog finds a home at last

Jasper, the dog which no one wanted, has finally found a home. A desperate national plea was recently launched to find a new owner for the springer spaniel who was resident at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, near Chard, Somerset.

Jasper had been at the Sanctuary’s kennels for six months and was showing signs of depression.

A very happy Jasper with his new owner, Robert Butler Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary

"Everyone here at Ferne Animal Sanctuary is delighted that Jasper has finally found a new home after being with us for so long - and with such a lovely owner who can give him all the care and attention he needs. It has made our year. We are over the moon! I must sincerely thank all the local, regional and national press who helped us in our quest to find Jasper the perfect home. Special thanks must also go to the general public for their caring messages of support and encouragement. We had over 600 enquiries and so many kind offers to give him a new home. I really can’t express to everyone how grateful we are."

– Tara Nirula, Re-homing Manager

"I am so happy to have found Jasper and it is just great having him here with me. He has settled in so well and seems very content. We are enjoying some lovely long walks together and are getting to know one another more each day. Jasper is my constant companion and follows me around everywhere.”

– Robert Butler, new owner


Newent man hoping to beat his parallel parking record

A man from Newent in Gloucestershire wants to set a new world record for high speed parallel parking.

Alastair Moffatt is hoping to beat his own record in the Tightest Reverse Parallel Parking event.

Last time he was able to park in a space just 7.5cm longer than his car.

Depressed rescue dog may have finally found a new home

Jasper was sometimes too depressed to get out of bed Credit: ITV News

Last week we told viewers about Jasper the depressed rescue dog.

He's been without a permanent home for so long that sometimes he's too depressed to get out of bed.

Since we featured Jasper on our programme, staff at his animal rehoming centre near Chard say they've had nearly 600 enquiries about taking him in.

The Springer Spaniel has been at the centre for six months but will hopefully now have a new owner very soon.

Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary


Meet Murdoch, the dog who's desperate for a home

Murdoch has been at the rescue centre for 12 months Credit: Greyhound Rescue WoE

Staff at a greyhound rescue charity near Bath say they desperately need a home for one their most loved dogs.

Murdoch, a three year old lurcher, was found abandoned as a puppy.

He's been at the centre for 12 months, but no one has taken him in.

The charity says there's been a significant drop in the amount of dogs being re-homed.

Somerset schoolboy given a World Cup winner's medal after he was tackled by a security guard

Charlie Lines had the chance for a less hurried meeting with All Blacks star today Credit: Sonny Bill Williams/Twitter

A Somerset schoolboy has gone back to class after half term today with one of the most impressive souvenirs possible.

Charlie Lines, a boarder at Millfield School, is now the proud owner of a Rugby World Cup winner's medal. But he never touched the ball - he's not even in the team.

He couldn't contain his excitement as the All Blacks stormed to victory in Saturday's Rugby World Cup final and ran onto the pitch - only to be brought crashing to the ground by a security guard.

All Blacks centre Sonny Bill Williams then showed the world just what a good sport he was by giving the teenager his championship medal.

The two have now been re-united for the first time since the epic final, with Sonny sharing a picture of the two of them on Twitter.

Sonny gave Charlie his medal immediately after Saturday's game. He said he felt sorry for him after he was knocked over. But despite his generosity, Sonny didn't go home empty handed. A spare medal was found and presented to him.

Charlie's family say he is now back at school and focussing on his studies.

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