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Walkies with wheelies - how one hound's life was transformed

New set of wheels: Boswell the Afghan enjoys walkies Credit: ITV News West Country

A hip problem left Boswell the Afghan hound unable to walk more than a few paces. But the dogged determination of his owner has given him a new lease of life. Thanks to a set of wheels, Boswell - from Tewkesbury - is back out in the park.

Life in the old dog yet - Boswell with owner Maggie Thornton Credit: ITV News West Country

" Before, I could take him out for a walk once a day and he wouldn't want to go out. But now he's at the front door. There's a lot of sympathy for him but he's not bothered in the slightest."

– Maggie Thornton, Boswell's owner

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Terrified puppy abandoned and left tied to tree

The RSPCA is appealing after a terrified young puppy was left tied to a tree and surrounded by mud.

The five-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier cross, who has now been called Heidi, was spotted by a group of people as they were walking their dog in Creech St Michael.

The group spotted a young man running away down the canal path, and shortly after heard the sound of a distressed dog and went to investigate.

Heidi was left terrified as she was abandoned and tied to a tree at dawn Credit: RSPCA

It was just coming light at the canal when these people saw what looked like a young man in his twenties running away down the canal path. He was wearing jeans and trainers. He may not be the owner of the dog but we would really like to speak to this man in case he might have seen anything that could be of use to our investigation.

Poor Heidi was clearly scared and had no idea what was happening to her. We are just thankful that she was found quickly and is now safe in our care.

– Jo Daniel, RSPCA Inspector

They found the abandoned pooch near 20-acre field at around 7.30am on January 15.

Underweight and frightened Heidi was taken to the RSPCA’s West Hatch animal centre where she was given shelter.

The RSPCA have now launched an investigation into the incident.

There are many options available to people who may be struggling with their unwanted pets and tying a young puppy to a tree without a thought of what could have happened to her as a result is an unacceptable and rather callous act.

The lead Heidi was tied up with is quite distinctive and we are appealing to anyone who may recognise the lead, her, or may have any more information about how she came to be tied to that tree.

– Jo Daniel, RSPCA Inspector

Have you seen missing puppy Sooty?

Police are appealing for information about a missing 10-week-old Shih Tzu puppy in Bridgwater.

The female puppy, called Sooty, is believed to have escaped from its owner’s home in the Turner Road area of the town on Friday 13 November.

A witness has said they found the puppy near Old Taunton Road between 9.30am and 10am the same day, but gave it to two men walking with a whippet-type dog to look after until the owner could be traced.

The puppy has not been handed into the police, any local vets or the RSPCA.

Sooty isn’t micro-chipped but has a distinctive birth defect – her ribs are not in alignment and stick out more at the back.

Could this video find a home for an abandoned dog?

Murdoch has a GoPro fitted in a bid to show off his many talents Credit: GRWE

An animal charity says there's a been a significant drop in the number of homes they've been able to find for stray dogs.

They're so desperate to find an owner for one of their charges that they've made a video about him.

Murdoch the lurcher was abandoned as a puppy. He has now been looked after by the charity near Bath for a year. But despite his loveable ways, no-one has taken him in.

You can find out more about the charity, Greyhound Rescue West of England, here.

And you can watch the video here:

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
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