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Appeal to find missing puppy after owner passes away

An appeal has been made to help find a missing puppy whose owner has died.

Bella hasn't been seen since Tuesday Credit: Stroud District Council

Stroud District Council animal welfare service is asking the public for help to find Bella - a chocolate coloured lab cross springer pub.

Bella has a collar and tag but the phone number on it won't work as her owner has passed away. The rest of Bella's family are desperate to have her back:

We really need to get this baby home, her family have been through enough.

– SDC animal welfare service

Bella was last seen at around 1.30pm on Tuesday at Lye Farm, Uley.

After the appeal was launched on Wednesday, residents have been out searching for Bella in groups but they have yet to find her - there have been no sightings since Tuesday.

Posting on their facebook page, Stroud District Council's animal welfare service included a request from a local farmer who has asked that anyone out looking for Bella does not enter private farm land.


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


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Exmoor 'Pony Whisperer' calls for action to protect breed

Dawn Westcott amongst her Exmoor Pony herd. Credit: Nick Westcott

A woman known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer is calling for more action to protect what is an endangered breed.

Dawn Westcott says anyone can learn the techniques she has developed to build a bond with these wild animals.

She told our reporter Bob Cruwys something of her methods.

Dawn runs The Moorland Exmoor Foal Project with her husband Nick and believes the techniques she's developed can help protect this endangered Exmoor icon.

Dawn Westcott is known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer. Credit: Nick Westcott

Missing Clevedon police dog found safe and well

Meg the police dog has been found safe and well. Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

A young police dog missing from the Clevedon area for 5 days has been found safe and well.

Meg - a Belgian Malinois, which is like a lean version of a German Shepherd - escaped from her kennel last Friday.

The 7-month-old puppy is currently undergoing assessment for use as a general purpose police dog.

'I just want her back': Plea to find missing police dog

Meg the police dog has gone missing. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A young police dog has been missing from the Clevedon area for over two days.

Meg is is being trained as a general purpose police dog and escaped from her kennel on Friday (Nov 6).

Her handler PC Lee Webb says he just wants her back:

Police dog missing in Clevedon

Meg is a Belgian Malinois. Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Police are appealing for help to find a young police dog that has gone missing in the Clevedon area.

Meg is a Belgian Malinois, which is like a lean version of a German Shepherd. It is infact the short-haired version of the Belgian Shepherd dog and is about the same size as a greyhound.

Meg is seven months old and has a black muzzle, black ears and has a short coat which is foxy brown in colour. She is wearing a red collar.

Meg is currently undergoing assessment for use as a general purpose police dog.

Concern is growing because Meg is fairly timid, is not likely to have eaten and will be frightened by fireworks, which may be let off this evening.

It is possible she may be sheltering in someone’s garden and police are urging people living in the Kenmore Drive area of Clevedon to check garden outbuildings, garages and sheds.

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