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RSPCA wants licences to improve dog welfare

Introducing dog licences could raise more than £100 million to improve the animals' welfare and reduce their use as status symbols or weapons, a report by the RSPCA suggested today.

Animal shelters 'inundated' with cats and kittens

RSPCA animal shelters across the country are being inundated with cats and kittens in desperate need of new homes, the charity announced this week.

Teenager jailed for 20-minute attack on dog

A teenager was starting a 16-week sentence today after being caught on CCTV kicking and punching a dog in a 20-minute attack.

Battersea puts down 2,815 dogs

A third of the dogs taken in by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were put down last year, with the majority killed because they were too dangerous to re-home.

Dog survives 120ft fall

A dog was nicknamed Lucky today after surviving a 120ft cliff fall with just a limp.

Third of Britain's dogs are 'overweight'

More than a third of the nation's dogs are overweight, veterinary charity PDSA warned today.

Schoolboy reels in 5lb goldfish

A schoolboy angler reeled in what is thought to be the biggest goldfish ever found in Britain, it emerged today.

Stone-swallowing spaniel makes full recovery

A dog has made an amazing recovery after munching his way through 2lb of stones.

Paws for thought: Oscar the bionic cat

A cat whose back legs were chopped off in a farming accident has been given a new bionic pair, in a ground-breaking feline first in Britain.

Cat gets new paws in world-first operation

Oscar the "bionic" cat has regained a spring in his step following ground-breaking surgery to fit him with a pair of prosthetic paws.

The woman called in to vet dog breeders

Martin Hickman meets the woman charged with bringing the canine world to heel after a succession of scandals

Alarm at attacks on guide dogs

Guide dogs for the blind are being attacked by other dogs at the rate of three a month, a review has found.

'World's Ugliest Dog' Miss Ellie dies at 17

Miss Ellie, a small, bug-eyed Chinese Crested Hairless dog whose pimples and lolling tongue helped her win Animal Planet's "World's Ugliest Dog" contest in 2009, has died at age 17 after a career in resort show business in America's Smoky Mountains.

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