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Battersea's "saddest" dog has a home at last

Bless with her new owners. Credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

A rottweiler at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has finally found a new home after a media campaign to find a new owner. Staff at the home believed that Bless wasn't being adopted because of her sad expression. But after her plight was reported in the media, Geoff and Sylvia Shoesmith from Chelmsford volunteered to take her in.

Bless spent five months at the Home after being found wandering on the street. Despite her mournful expression, staff said she is an easy-going character and is well-behaved.

She’s fantastic, I can’t fault her. She’s got that sort of face that never gives much away – but as soon as you put your coat on and it’s time to take her out, then she positively bounces!

– Geoff Shoesmith, Bless's new owner

Dog ate my lingerie: Barney's appetite for underwear

Staffordshire bull terrier Barney is in the dog house this Christmas for indulging in an unsavoury appetite for women's underwear.

The nine-month-old stray, a new resident of Battersea Dogs Home, has amazed his keepers by digesting three pairs of pants - including a rather risque black thong.

Barney, a stray nine month old puppy who had digested three entire pairs of knickers. Credit: Battersea Dogs Home/PA Wire

Vets were astounded when Barney deposited the first piece of lingerie during a stroll in the park on his second day at the home - having swallowed it whole and passed it through his digestive system completely intact.

Sam Barley, a veterinary surgeon at Battersea, said: "Who knows how Barney came to swallow so many pairs of pants. It will remain his secret but this little puppy is clearly a bit of a scavenger and we'll be advising his new owners to keep him well away from the laundry basket and the washing line".

Family rescue Battersea's 1000th dog

Emerald the puppy with her new family Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

A family from Sittingbourne in Kent have given a new home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's 1000th dog of 2013.

The nine-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup named Emerald arrived at the home along with six of his litter as his owner could no longer care for them.

Emerald the puppy was at the dog's home for just eight days before the Seymour family adopted him.

Father of two, Daniel Seymour said: “Mywife and I have both owned dogs before, but Emerald is our firstfamily dog. He is absolutely gorgeous and we feel so lucky to havehim.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home takes in around 9,000 dogs and cats each year.


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"They don't ask for much", says O'Grady

Paul O'Grady at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home Credit: ITN

"They don't ask for much", says television presenter Paul O'Grady. "Just to be fed and to be given a little bit of affection. And they give you so much more in return."

Paul was at his second residence - Battersea Dogs' Home. Every time he goes there he has to be restrained from taking some of the dogs away with him. Today, Paul was backing a pledge by a pet food company to feed all the dogs there free of charge.

One of the home's rescued dogs Credit: ITN

The gift of one million meals by Pedigree will allow more money to be spent on drugs to treat neglected dogs suffering from malnutrition and related ilnesses, according to the home. Increasing numbers of pets are being abandioned because their owners can't afford to feed them or pay vets' bills.

The recession, says Paul O'Grady is hitting dogs too. He is one of the nation's best known celebrity pet owners. and tonight at six o'clock he tells us just how many different species share his home.

Dogs being abandoned because of recession

Animal lover Paul O'Grady Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Nearly half of animal rehoming centres have reported an increase in malnourished dogs arriving into their care and 78% say dog owners are giving up their pet due to the recession.

Dog lover Paul O'Grady is at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home today to publicise these alarming figures revealed in research by Pedigree in partnership with the Association of Dog and Cat Homes (ADCH).

The research appears to point to the current economic climate being partly behind the growing number of dogs ending up in rescue centres.

Nearly 70% of pet owners said that vet costs was one of the main reasons they gave up their dog, while more than 40% said the cost of feeding their animal was too high.

84% of rehoming centres have also seen an increase in dogs abandoned due to owners moving to homes which don't allow pets - like rented properties.

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