More pets abandoned since the start of the financial crisis

The number of animals being abandoned has soared by 65 per cent since 2007, when the global financial crisis hit.

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Iain Duncan Smith delivered a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership aspirations after the London Mayor approved a scheme to turn the Walthamstow dog track in east London into flats.

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Getting on, BBC4, Wednesday
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Dog-owners reveal their pet loves and pained souls in a sad and beautiful documentary

Last night's viewing - Walking with Dogs: a Wonderland Special, BBC2; Paul O'Grady: for the Love of Dogs, ITV1

"My view is dogs are people too," said Marianne, at the beginning of Vanessa Engle's Wonderland film about the dog-walkers of Hampstead Heath. My view, in the interests of full disclosure, is that they're not. So I approached Walking with Dogs with a certain wariness.

Five-minute memoir: Elson Quick reminisces on a trip to Thailand

I'm hungry. The day clears its throat. A cockerel's dusty bluster, a furry rip of motorised scooter exhaust, and from some high weed-throttled loudspeaker, the nasal megaphone of traditional song, impossibly nostalgic for a life I don't know.

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Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes set to complete big money transfer to Blackburn

Jordan Rhodes is set to complete a move from Huddersfield to Blackburn today that will break the record transfer fee received by Town.

Martin Allen has thought better of his old fire-breathing style of management – and Gillingham are firing

Allen turns from a raging Mad Dog into a canny old pussycat

Fire-breathing management style has gone – and it works at Gillingham, says Glenn Moore

Five-Minute Memoir: Jonathan Trigell recalls a childhood attack on his dad's beloved beans

When I was a boy, I loved books and I hated beans. My dad adored beans. Especially his beans: runners, grown on bamboo poles, that should have made excellent wigwam structures, but instead would provide endless months of hairy, stringy, mottled, tooth-clogging torture; or so it seemed to me.

Man spared jail over sex with dog

A father of three who had sex with his ex-wife's bull mastiff dog was spared a prison sentence today.

Main jailed after neglected dog was forced to survive by eating other pet's remains

A man has been jailed after leaving two Jack Russell dogs to fend for themselves for more than a month, resulting in one starving to death and the other surviving by eating its remains, the RSPCA said.

Royalty dogs might have an exceptional lifestyle, but they can be a bit aggressive after all

Beware of the royally spoilt dogs

Who's a naughty boy, then? The Queen's corgis stand accused of attacking Max, a Norfolk terrier belonging to her granddaughter Princess Beatrice, almost tearing the 11-year-old pooch's ear off.

Dangerous dog owners to face tougher penalties

Owners of dangerous dogs which attack people in public will face stiffer penalties from today, including up to 18 months in prison.

Family appeal for information on missing climber Felix Marr

The family of a British man who has been missing for almost a week after disappearing on his way down a mountain overlooking Lake Garda in Italy have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any clues to his whereabouts.

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