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Woman given animal ban for five years after killing pet duck.

A woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years after she stood on a duck and killed it. Charlene Winter, 34, of Littlehampton, West Sussex, was also had to pay £300 costs at Worthing Magistrates on Thursday (31 October, 2013) after previously being found guilty to causing suffering to the bird. The police were called in September 2012 after Winter was found in her neighbours’ back garden standing on their female pet duck. She was also seen allowing her dog [...]

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Divers Rescue Budgie

Who’s a Lucky Boy Then? Half a mile out to sea and in stormy conditions, it was the last thing the members of a diving club expected to see. There, being thrown about helplessly on the waves, was a feather soddened blue budgerigar. Bedraggled, half drowned and too tired to fly, it seemed it would not be long before he was heading to the great bird cage in the sky. Pausing only to wonder what on earth he was doing so far from [...]

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Your dog’s wagging tail can reveal its emotions

The way your dog wags its tail may reveal how it is feeling, as per new research. Dog owners have always believed that when their pet’s tail is wagging, it is a sign of contentment and happiness. Scientists have discovered, however, that dogs communicate far more information about their emotions to each other with their tails than was previously recognised. A new study has shown that dogs tend to move their tails more to the right or to the left depending on [...]

Dog rescued by lifeboat crew after a 40ft cliff fall.

A pet dog has been rescued by lifeboat after plummeting 40ft (12m) off cliffs in Pembrokeshire while on holiday with his owners. Chocolate Labrador Spice had to doggy-paddle in the sea for 40 minutes until he was picked up by a lifeboat close to Stackpole Quay near Pembroke. Spice, who had been tiring from his unscheduled swim, was eventually reunited with his owners, from Lincoln.     Before the rescue, four-year-old Spice had managed to cling to a rocky out crop and as the [...]

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Unemployed Mother of 11 is Keeping a Horse

An unemployed mother-of-11 for whom a council is building a six-bedroom “eco mansion” is keeping her own horse despite being on benefits. Heather Frost, 36, bought a grey mare called Annie last year and pays paddock fees, food and vet’s bills monthly. According to stable workers the horse, which Miss Frost keeps for her 16-year-old daughter Angel, costs about £200 per month to keep. Miss Frost has refused to comment on the horse, but Angel wrote to a local newspaper  to defend [...]

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Pigs as Pets, Its a Trend and Increasing

Over the last few years people have started buying pigs for pets, a trend which seams to have been generated by celebrities around the world. There are horror stories of little squealers turning into monstrous oversize battering rams and causing damage and havoc. In general, pigs are not suitable as pets, due to their very specific needs. It is strongly advised that  people do not to try to keep pigs, as it’s very difficult to care for them properly without a [...]

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American Food Banks for Pets. Can it Happen in the UK?

Imagine not being able to feed your pet, for a full day. How would you feel? If that one dayl turned into several would you put your pet up for adoption? That’s what many pet owners in the Snoqualmie Valley USA face daily. Caring for a dog or cat can become difficult when living on a meagre  income. Some people sacrifice their own medical and food needs to keep their pets eating. Others have to give up their loved ones because [...]