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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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