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'Buzz', Springer Spaniel puppy, stolen during raid

The puppy was taken along with two firearms Credit: Hants Police

Police are appealing for information after a 12-week-old puppy and two firearms were stolen during a burglary in Basingstoke.

It took place sometime between 3.15pm and 4.35pm on Thursday 9 November at a house in Aldermaston Road, Sherborne St John.

Offender(s) forced entry to the house and stole Buzz, a 12-week-old Springer Spaniel puppy. They also stole a Beretta Silver Pigeon shotgun and a CZ 452 .22 rifle.

PC Stephen Jakes said: “This is a particularly rare set of circumstances and we would like to hear from anyone who has any information.

“It took place during the day, and it is likely that someone saw something that will help us in our investigation.

“Were you in the Sherborne St John area at this time? Did you notice anything suspicious? Or do you think you have seen the puppy, or been offered him for sale?”

Anyone with information should call PC Jakes on 101, quoting 44170437234.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

Animal sanctuary threatened with eviction notice

An animal sanctuary in Oxfordshire says its situation has become desperate - it's been served an eviction notice but has nowhere to go. The owner of the land which houses Didcot Animal Sanctuary, at Appleford in Abingdon, has decided to sell it, Now time is running out for the charity to find a new home. Emma Wilkinson reports.

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Sussex film to protect hedgehogs on bonfire night

A film director from Sussex has created a documentary highlighting the plight of hedgehogs. It's estimated that many of the animals die having tried to nest in wood piles at this time of year. The public are being asked to check before lighting their bonfires - if it is safe to do so.

Hedgehog documentary Credit: Tom Sands

“I’ve loved bonfire night since I was a kid and Lewes builds some of the biggest bonfires in the country. For us this is a great fun time of year but it can be a very dangerous time for hedgehogs and other wildlife, with dozens accidentally being killed each year.

“I wanted to find a way to raise awareness of this and encourage people to check their bonfires for wildlife before lighting them”

– Tom Sands, Producer and Director, Substantial Films

Appeal after dog found with bite marks in Reading

Credit: RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a dog was found injured in Reading.

A member of the public found the animal on Sunday in the Burghfield area.

He had bite marks all over his face and a bad leg injury which it's believed were caused by badger baiting or some sort of illegal hunting activity.

The dog is now back with his previous owners receiving treatment.

"This poor dog was found in Reading in a horrendous state, with a de-gloved lower jaw - meaning the skin had been ripped from his muzzle. He also had leg wounds and many old scars on his face."

"Veterinary inspection confirmed the dog's awful injuries were consistent with illegal activity, potentially hunting or badger baiting."

"Microchip details traced the dog back to previous owners in South Wales - who were horrified to hear of how the dog had been found, and the fears of the vet. They have brought the poor thing back to Treharris."

"Anyone with information about how this dog was found in the Burghfield area of Reading with horrific injuries on 29 October is urged to contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls are treated in confidence."

– RSPCA inspector, Sophie Daniels

Appeal after elderly cat is swung around by her tail

Patch's tail will now be amputated Credit: RSPCA

An elderly cat has been swung around by the tail, meaning that her tail must be amputated.

A vet at Coopers Vets in Hastings, who examined the cat, said the injuries would not have been caused by a road traffic accident, and the most likely cause was by deliberate human action either as a result of a kick or being swung by the tail.

The tail has been pulled so hard that it has caused a fractured vertebrae, severe nerve damage and loss of use, and as a result will now have to be amputated.

Patch’s owner, who does not wish to be named, said he believes the incident would have happened on Friday October 13 in the Freshwater Avenue area of Hastings.

Patch, 14 years old, appeared to be acting out of character, did not want to eat and was reluctant to go outside. The owner continued to monitor her over the weekend, during which time she did not want to be touched and the tail began to hang limply.

The vet concluded that the nerves to the tail were dislocated, there was a fractured vertebrae and that the damage had caused the loss of use, and would therefore need to be amputated.

Patch is now on antibiotics and painkillers and is due to have her tail amputated this week.

It is awful to think that someone has deliberately swung a cat by their tail in what is a clear blatant act of animal cruelty.

It is completely unacceptable to treat a cat in this way and I would urge anyone who has any information as to who may have done this to Patch to call me in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

– RSPCA Inspector Alison Edwards

Dog owners oppose Weymouth beach ban

Dog owners want their animals to spend more time on the beach Credit: ITV

More than 1,000 people have signed a petition against a ban on dogs using Weymouth's beach for seven months of the year.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council increased the ban in 2016 to cover Easter through to October, but campaigners want that reduced. Dog owners say a seven-month ban is too long.

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