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Santa Paws came to town for these lucky police dogs

Forget Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and their jolly, present-laden leader.

In Luton this week, it was all about Peper, Poppy, Hunter, Quirky, Chip, Milo - and the elusive Santa Paws.

The area's airport decided to throw its hard-working police dogs a Christmas party - and they seemed to enjoy it.

This video, released by the human event organisers, shows the group of spaniels and Labradors taking a break from sniffing out contraband and harmful substances to seek out some festive treats instead.

"Everyone at London Luton Airport loves the police dogs. Not only do they play a vital role in keeping the airport safe, they're always a talking point with out passengers, so we though it would be fun to reward them with a Christmas party."

– Clare Armstrong, Luton Airport's head of passenger services

There was a thumping festive soundtrack including Bark the Herald Angels Sing, Furry-tail of New York and Deck the Halls with Border Collies.

And, like all good Christmas dos, it soon descended into chaos.

Thank goodness officers from Bedfordshire Police's dog unit were close by and ready to step in.


Thirteen thousand dogs re-homed by Dogs Trust Snetterton as charity turns 21

Norfolk charity celebrates 21 years of re-homing dogs Credit: ITV Anglia

An incredible 13,000 dogs have been re-homed since a Norfolk animal charity first opened it's doors. Dogs Trust Snetterton is 21 on New Year's Day.

Murphy is one of 13,000 dogs re-homed by Dogs Trust Snetterton Credit: ITV Anglia

Diane McLelland-Taylor has been the Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Snetterton since day one and cannot believe how the time has flown by.

"It's amazing to know we've re-homed such a huge number of dogs since we first opened. Inevitably along the way you form stronger bonds with certain dogs and we all have favourites that are remembered very fondly - but every single dog that has come, and then gone on to be rehomed - I am proud to say will have received the highest standards of love and care thanks to our dedicated team of staff."

– Diane McLelland-Taylor


Southwold Sausage Walk proves a success

If you were a sausage dog on Southwold beach this weekend, you would have been in good company.

The Southwold Sausage Walk took place to raise money for charity.

Between 400 and 500 dogs took part - helping to raise more than £1,300.

Appeal after two Chihuahuas are stolen from Canal Boat

The two Chihuahuas stolen from a canal boat in Hertfordshire

Two Chihuahuas have been stolen from a boat on the Grand Union Canal in Hertfordshire.

Tink, a black and white female with short hair, and Archie, a long-haired blonde male, were taken from the vessel while it was moored at a marina.

The thieves gained access to the boat while it was moored near the Cowroast Marina between Berkhamsted and Tring, between 10am on January 3 and 12.15am on January 4.

The owner is extremely upset and is keen to be reunited with the dogs as soon as possible.

I would ask anyone who thinks they may have come across these dogs to please contact police.

– DC Chris Phillips, Herts Police
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