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Norfolk veterans paired up with rescue dogs to help mental health

Dogs in need are paired up with ex-service personnel Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norfolk veterans experiencing mental health problems are now receiving help from man's best friend. A new initiative called 'Paw support which is also known as the Canine Stabilisation Programme pairs ex-service personnel with rescue dogs in need of a new home.

It's to help tackle issues such as isolation and build confidence.

"I am convinced that people suffering with mental health issues can find having a dog helpful and beneficial. This is especially the case with people from a military background, who like routine and are used to working as a team. Pairing them with a do in need will help them both."

– Mike, Falklands veteran

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Luton family devastated after family pet found mutilated

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A family from Luton say they've devastated after their pet rabbit was mutilated in their back garden.

Amber Hunt found the body of Casper on Friday morning.

She'd had her head and both legs cut off.

Police are linking it to a series of attacks on domestic animals across London and the south east.

Around 250 animals are thought to have been killed in similarly violent fashion over the last two years.

Police investigate after horse suffers burns

Police are investigating after a horse suffered burns in Hockwold, near Thetford.

The horse, which is kept in a field off Main Street, received burns near its eye and on the top of its head sometime overnight between Wednesday 1 November and Thursday 2 November.

As a result the horse developed colic which needed veterinary treatment.

It's not known how it came to receive the burns and police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to contact them.

People urged to check their bonfires for hidden hedgehogs

Many of us will be enjoying dazzling firework displays and warming ourselves in front of the bonfire this weekend.

But an animal sanctuary near Clacton is urging people to check their bonfires for hedgehogs before lighting them as they make the perfect hide-outs for the endangered mammals.

Things like climate change and the use of pesticides has led to a reduction in hedgehog numbers over the past few years.

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'Otter-ly' adorable pup saved after falling 15ft into Suffolk sewage tank

The tiny Otter fell 15ft into a sewage works storm tank in Suffolk Credit: RSPCA

A tiny otter pup - who weighs just 1.2kg is now being cared for by the RSPCA after it fell 15ft into a sewage storm tank in Stowmarket and couldn't get out.

A worker at the sewage works in Stowmarket Road, Stonham Aspal, near Stowmarket, spotted the little otter pup in the storm tank and pulled him out before calling the RSPCA for help.

The Otter is now being looked after at the East Winch Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.

"Thankfully, one of the workers spotted him and pulled him free before he drowned but there was no sign of his mum anywhere.”

– Naemi Kilbey, Animal Collection Officer
Animal Collection Officer Naemi Kilbey Credit: RSPCA

“It was quite cold when he arrived and he’s very young so we warmed him up, gave him fluids and offered him some tiny pieces of trout which he nibbled on overnight. It’s really positive that he’s eating but he’s not out of the woods yet and he has a long way to go.”

– Alison Charles, Manager at East Winch

More needed to protect birds of prey, says RSPB

Sarah Byrd reports for ITV News Anglia

The RSPB says more needs to be done to protect birds of prey - as new figures revealed a rise in attacks, yet not a single prosecution.

The charity recorded 80 confirmed cases of the animals being illegally killed or injured last year.

In our region, the highest numbers were in Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

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