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More dogs being dumped, warns RSPCA

The number of abandoned dogs is increasing as the effects of the credit crunch continue to bite, the RSPCA warned today.

Picture of the day: Ruff justice

Barking mad does not even begin to cover it. Australian artist Bennett Miller has created an art installation that features 47 sausage dogs, representing national delegates, sitting in a scale replica of the UN office in Geneva, "engaging in rigorous debate".

Most pets get an annual holiday too, suggests survey

Most pet owner take their pets on holiday more than once a year, according to a new survey released May 4 - although it means that they stay closer to home.

Is this the smallest horse in the world?

A foal thought to be the tiniest horse in the world was born at the appropriately named Tiz A Miniature horse farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire, USA last Friday.

Pet shop workers suspended after puppy death

Two pet shop employees have been suspended after a Shih Tzu puppy died when it visited the store for grooming, it emerged today.

A thousand pets killed in breeding centre blaze

More than 1,000 animals - mostly guinea pigs - have died after a fire at a pet breeding centre in Devon, police said.

Postmen boycott house in Leeds after cat attacks

Mail deliveries have been stopped to a house after postal workers were attacked by an elderly cat, Royal Mail confirmed today.

Junk food killing pet cats and dogs

The junk food and poor eating habits affecting humans is also killing their four-legged pals, say veterinary surgeons and experts.

Show previews pet treats of 2010

Custom pet foods, puppy piñatas and deer antler treats are amongst the pet products of the future on show at the Global Pet Expo which began March 25.

'Dog tax' proposal ditched a week after it was mooted

The Government has ditched proposals for a "dog tax" that would force owners to insure against their pets attacking people barely a week after the idea was first floated.

Yogi wins Best in Show at Crufts

A Hungarian Vizsla took the coveted title of Best in Show at the world famous Crufts dog show.



Better than your average Vizsla

A Hungarian Vizsla game-hunting dog took the coveted title of Best in Show at Crufts dog show last night.

Crufts opens amid controversey

Crufts dog show started today amid claims that pedigree breeders are "creating a Frankenstein's monster of a dog".

Kennel Club attacked over breeding rules

Film-maker claims more should be done to prevent hereditary damage

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific