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Alabama Rot eventually leads to kidney failure and is more commonly seen with greyhounds, but there are fears that it is now beginning to affect other breeds

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Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about the outbreak of a mystery disease which has killed 17 dogs in the United Kingdom.

The badger cull was supposed to reduce the spread of bovine TB levels in cattle

Bodges and badgers: Defra admits problems with data measuring system meant TB rate was ‘overstated’

Second fault with Sam IT system inflicts further blow to credibility of cull

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Google has celebrated the 82nd birthday of late American zoologist Dian Fossey with a Doodle on its search page.

RSPCA under fire after it recommended putting down rescued Bulgarian dog 

Animal charity embroiled in row over "discrimination against non-UK animals"

An Italian woman with a genetic disease has spoken out against the death threats she has received after defending medical experiments on animals

Italian woman with genetic disease condemns death threats received after defending animal experiments

Caterina Simonsen, a veterinary student who is unable to breathe unaided, said she has received a number of 'death wishes' after posting the message in support of animals testing

KFOR soldiers patrol near the village of Cabra, Kosovo on 18 October 2011

Italian army medical officer faces jail for saving life of pregnant cat

Lieutenant Barbara Balanzoni, a reservist who works as an anaesthetist in Tuscany, rescued the dying animal at a Nato base in Kosovo

Doctors told the 29-year-old that the injury was made by a razor blade

Pregnant woman slashed eight inches across face in random attack

The heavily pregnant 29-year-old was walking home when a man approached her from behind, slashed her face with a razor blade and ran

Gerard Butler injected horses himself

Gerard Butler banned for five years by British Horseracing Authority

Nine horses in the trainers care tested positive for banned anabolic steroid

A pensioner has pleaded guilty to animal welfare charges over 140 snakes kept in her home

Pauline Wallace pleads guilty after RSPCA finds over 140 snakes in her home

Pauline Wallace, 64, also admitted cruelty charges in relation to her pet dog Alf

Lion kills lioness at Dallas Zoo leaving hundreds of visitors shocked

Despite living together peacefully for years, witnesses say the male lion suddenly turned on the lioness

Jimmy's half-brother Black Caviar was retired earlier this year after a stellar career

Half-brother of Black Caviar 'Jimmy' fighting for life after being bitten by white-tailed spider just months after selling for $5m

The horse is suffering from laminitis and vets claim the next 48 hours are crucial to his survival with his chances rated at 50:50

Chris Packham condemned 'liars and frauds' over the badger cull

BBC's Chris Packham censured over angry bagder cull tweets

Naturalist Chris Packham has been censured by the BBC for describing those carrying out the badger cull as “brutalist thugs, liars and frauds,” in a tweet.

The Somerset cull resulted in 850 badgers being killed over 40 days during

‘The badgers have moved the goalposts’: Why Owen Paterson must wish he could join them, six feet underground

Targeted animals wreak havoc on the Evironment Secretary’s key programme – but he still calls six-week cull ‘a success’ 

Police officers searching a field at Cariad Farm, Peterstone Wentloog, Gwent

South Wales slavery inquiry: Police appeal for writer of anonymous letter to come forward over 'shocking' discovery

Investigation sparked after shock discovery of man in Marshfield who had been missing for 13 years

The number was revealed after two guard dogs used to protect the Duke of Cambridge were euthanised within days of him leaving his military base.

Ministry of Defence 'put down 288 military dogs in three years'

The Ministry of Defence has put down 288 military dogs since 2010, it was claimed today.

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