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Dog days at the Eden Project

The Eden Project is welcoming dogs for the first time Credit: Eden Project

Restrictions on people taking their dogs to the Eden Project have been lifted this weekend for the first time. Until now, only registered assistance pets have been permitted. But animals won't be allowed in any building apart from through the Visitor Centre.

Eden's Operations Director Ian Williams said: "Lots of visitors have asked us if we would consider letting dogs in. We will see how Dog Weekend at Eden goes and how well it is received by dog owners and general visitors and will then make a call on whether we have more dog days in future."

Police looking for offspring of seized dogs

'Motor' is one of the three dogs they seized from the couple Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police are trying to track down the offspring of three pitbull-type dogs they seized from a couple in Barnstaple.

It's thought there could be more than a hundred of them across the country.

Steven and Tracey Tewkesbury are awaiting sentencing for possessing and offering to supply dangerous dogs.

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Dog ban on St Ives' beaches begins today

Dogs will no longer be allowed on St Ives beaches as of today Credit: ITV Westcountry

A controversial order banning dogs from St Ives' beaches comes into affect today.

The 24 hour ban applies to Porthgwidden,Porthmeor and Porthminsterwhile an 8am to 7pm ban also comes into force on Harbour beach.

St Ives Dog Owners Group who oppose the ban are planning a demo this weekend. There will be similar dog bans coming into place on other beaches in the region, including Sidmouth and Instow.

Dogs help kids to read

Parents and teachers say they've been amazed at how children who needed some extra help at school with things like reading and confidence have improved thanks to working with a dog.

The North Devon based charity Dogs Helping Kids is now training owners and their animals across our region as by word of mouth demand for their volunteer service has exploded.

Our correspondent Seth Conway reports:

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Decision expected on dog ban

A dog ban is proposed on beaches Credit: ITV West Country

St. Ives Town Council will decide tonight on whether to ban dogs from beaches in the town from next summer.

The proposal is for a daytime ban on harbour beach in summer and a total summertime ban on the other main beaches. Dog walkers in the town are angry that the suggested alternative beaches are unsuitable at high tide.

Dogs help kids to read

Parents and teachers say they've been amazed at how children who needed some extra help at school with things like reading and confidence have improved thanks to working with a dog.

The North Devon based charity Dogs Helping Kids is now training owners and their animals across our region as by word of mouth demand for their volunteer service has exploded.

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