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Depressed rescue dog may have finally found a new home

Jasper is 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.

Calls for action after child bitten by loose dog

Erin shows her aunt her injury Credit: ITV News

A North Devon woman is calling for action after her niece was apparently bitten by a dog from a temporary travellers camp in Bideford.

11-year-old Erin Foyle was left badly bruised after the alleged attack at the Springfield cattle market on Monday (10 August). Police are investigating the incident.

"I understand their dogs are there to help guard them and they're part of their life but they do need to be on a leash, really".

– Lydia Benn, Erin's aunt
The temporary travellers camp in Bideford Credit: ITV News

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Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show

Police dogs on display at the Devon County Show Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The Devon and Cornwall police dog display team, together with a selection of police puppies will be showcasing their skills which they learn as part of their police training in the main arena at the Devon County Show.

The police dog display team will be will be used in a firearms scenario with gun fire where the dogs will be used to detain an armed person.

They will also demonstrate a search situation and emergency recall where a dog is sent in error to a detained person.

The puppies will be showing the crowds their newly learned skills in the agility and obedience classes.

Police dog Brodie will also be attending as the Devon and Cornwall Police guest of honour.

Brodie, from the police puppy scheme who had both hips replaced earlier this year will be on hand to meet the public at the police stand with his puppy walkers and Police Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon.

Brodie was brought into the world by the breeding programme run by Devon and Cornwall Police.

‘Bionic Brodie’ as he has affectionately been known, captured the hearts of the public when it was confirmed the only way that Brodie could lead a pain free life was if both hips were replaced after a diagnosis of chronic hip dysplasia.

He healed nicely after the first operation and is expected to be fully recovered in about eight weeks.

– Paul Glennon, Police Canine Development Officer

Increase in attacks on guide dogs

Tilly Trotter with her old guide dog Gwyn who will never work again after being attacked by another dog Credit: Tilly Trotter

There's been an increase in the number of guide dogs being attacked by other dogs here in the West. In the last year there have been 29 guide dog attacks in our region and in four cases the owner was also injured.

The charity, Guide Dogs, says every month they're having to treat and retrain dogs that have been injured while they're working.

Tillie Trotter from Uffculme near Cullompton in Devon, came into the studio with her new dog to tell us about an attack on her German Shepherd. Gwyn could not work again after she was attacked by a Staffordshire bull terrier cross.

Palm oil warning to dog walkers

A lump of palm oil on a West Country beach Credit: ITV News

Dog owners are being warned to avoid lumps of palm oil that are being washed up on beaches in East Devon.

The substance, which forms clumps like candle wax, can be fatal. It's previously washed up on beaches in Cornwall.

The local council is asking people to report any findings.

Number of stray dogs soars in the West Country

The number of stray dogs has soared in the West Country Credit: PA

The number of stray dogs found in the region has gone up nearly 40% in the past year.

Figures from the charity the Dogs Trust show that 3,900 strays were taken in by local authorities in the west country in the year to September.

Cornwall Council says since April its dog team has taken in more than 650.

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