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Stolen puppy returned to Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

Five month old Fox has been returned safe and sound Credit: ITV News

Fox, a five month old Chihuahua cross puppy who was taken from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home during the early hours of Sunday, 20 September has been returned to the centre.

Staff believe her safe return is down to the power of Social Media.

Thank you to everyone who has made little Fox too hot to handle! All 705,000 of you who have viewed her post, all 17,000 of you who have shared it and all 2000 of you who have commented on out page alone.


She has been returned to us and is not harmed. We cannot give anymore details at present as this is still a police matter. But thank you so so much for all you support through these very difficult few days.

The power of social media wins again.

– RSPCA Bristol on Facebook

Tiny puppy stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

Fox the chihuahua cross puppy has been stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home Credit: RSPCA Bristol

A five month old Chihuahua cross puppy has been stolen from Bristol Dogs and Cats Home during the early hours of Sunday, 20 September.

Staff at the Bristol rescue centre feared the young female dog, named Fox, may have been stolen to be used for breeding, although she has only just been spayed.

Fox was stolen during the night and police are investigating.

Jodie Hayward, the centre’s manager said that, despite the charity being staffed 24/7 the robbery had been a highly skilled operation. She said they used professional tools and knew which kennel she was in.

The centre is concerned that Fox's operation wound could become infected Credit: RSPCA Bristol

It is sickening to think that these heartless people have planned this operation so carefully, and now one of our special dogs has been stolen and we are terrified for her safety.

We have done everything possible to prevent this from ever happening, but as you will all know, no place, property or area is ever completely safe from these criminals.

Please share this story far and wide, she could be anywhere by now

– Jodie Hayward, Bristol Dogs and Cats Home

If anybody has any information about where Fox could be, they can contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 quoting reference 318 of 20 September 2015.


Can Shaun the Sheep find a home for Anne the Dog?

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home has taken one of their homeless dogs on an extra special long walk to try to get her adopted.

Staffordshire bull terrier Anne has been with the charity for the last eight months. So they've taken the three year-old to visit all 70 of the Shaun in the City sculptures around Bristol to help her find a "forever home."

We sent our "lead" correspondent Matthias Kurth to find out more.

Fireman rescue Labrador with its head stuck in a pram

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have tweeted that they were called to rescue a pet Labrador who had got its head stuck in a pram.

The incident happened in early this morning at around 7am in Warminster.

The dog has been released and is uninjured but he might not be going near a pram again anytime soon.

South West police dog to compete in national competition

PC Andrew Jerreat and four year old Police Dog ‘Elmo’ are representing Tri Force Operations at the National Police Dog trials Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Avon and Somerset Police duo PC Andrew Jerreat and four year old Police Dog ‘Elmo’ are representing Tri Force Operations at the National Police Dog trials today.

The four day event is in Stirling where 21 police dog teams from various forces across the UK put through their paces to identify who are the top dogs in the country.

The dogs and their handlers will be assessed on the full range of police dog duties including tracking, obedience, criminal work and crowd control.

PC Jerreat entered the South West and Wales Regional Dog Assessments in March. He fought off stiff competition from 12 officers and qualified to attend the nationals.

This will be my first time in the nationals and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I am very proud of Elmo, he is an outstanding partner.

Elmo has been with me for 3 years and he came to me as a puppy from our breed scheme.

We have worked hard to become a team and continually strive for excellence.

– PC Andrew Jerreat


'Pay me £500 or I'll chop up your dog' - pensioner blackmailed over missing pup

A pensioner has been blackmailed with cruel phone calls threatening to cut up her beloved dog unless she pays hundreds of pounds.

Vivienne Garton began to receive the vile messages after he West Highland Terrier Ben disappeared from her garden on April 12.

Ben is ten years old and partially sighted

The worried 65-year-old put up posters over her home of Knowle, appealing for her pooch's return.

But one of the numbers was called twice by an anonymous 'middle-aged man' who threatened to harm the family pet unless Vivienne pays £500.

He left an address of an empty house in Bristol, which frail Vivienne has now handed over to police.

Ben is ten years old, partially sighted, partially deaf, and struggles to walk for long distances.

Avon and Somerset police have confirmed they are now investigating an incident of blackmail. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Does your dog chase its tail?

Mr Darcy doesn't have much of a tail to chase... Credit: ITV News

Researchers at the University of Bristol are trying to find out why some dogs chase their tails or spin in circles and why some don't.

The School of Veterinary Science wants to sign up dogs that don't exhibit this behaviour for its study.

It has already recruited enough "spinning dogs" and now needs those that don't as a comparison.

For more information and to find out how to enrol in the study, click here or email

Firefighters rescue dog from frozen pond

Milo was rescued using an inflatable walkway Credit: Avon Fire & Rescue

A dog has been rescued by firefighters in Bristol after it fell into an icy pond.

The springer spaniel was unable to get to safety after falling into the frozen pond at Eastwood Farm nature reserve in Broomhill.

The owner of two and a half year-old Milo called 999. He slipped through the ice and was in the water for around 25 minutes before he managed to climb up onto an island in the middle of the pond.

When firefighters arrived they used an inflatable walkway to reach the island. They were able to get a lead on to the dog and walked him back to safety. He was unhurt - just cold and wet.

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