News Rohan Glynn with his two Dalmations and German Pointer

If you go down to the woods today you’re sure for a big surprise – especially if you have dogs.

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler has admitted his error to the BHA

Second Newmarket trainer is facing ban for injecting steroids

Gerard Butler says more than 100 horses across the town’s stables have received treatment on vets’ advice

French beef products contain most horsemeat

One in every eight beef products tested in France were found to contain horse by a European-wide investigation into mislabelled meat.

Horsemeat-tainted lasagne was found across Europe (stock photo)

Government begins horsemeat inquiry

'Wide-ranging review' aims to restore consumer confidence

How much is that ferret in the window? Argentinians fall victim to scam as pet sellers pass off fluffed-up ferrets as pedigree poodles

An unnamed pensioner from Catamarca discovered he had been duped when he took the two animals to his local veterinarian to be vaccinated

Little Josh (centre) is pictured jumping The Chair

Aintree 2013: Tragedy strikes again on eve of Grand National

Little Josh becomes the second fatality in as many days

Dangerous dogs off the leash

Dog control powers axed despite fatal attack on teen

Plans to merge dog orders with antisocial behaviour powers fail to tackle irresponsible breeders

Reindeer were introduced on South Georgia a century ago

South Georgia leads where Britain may follow with mass reindeer cull

British-owned island takes drastic action to stop animals destroying native habitat

Horsemeat is very popular in several European countries

100kg of horsemeat sells as beef, including at shop just up the road from Aintree racecourse

Horsemeat weighing 100kg (220lb) and falsely labelled as beef has been identified by council officials, with 40kg (88lb) of it already sold to the public.

Bobby from London, who is 65% overweight

Pet slimming competition launched to highlight animal obesity problem

Animal charity PDSA has launched its annual pet slimming competition in order to find the UK's fattest pets - and help them get fit.

After 120 years of ruff justice, every dog can have its day at Crufts

Kennel Club allows mongrels to join the pure breeds in main arena for first time

Derek Pain: In good shape as two laggards play catch-up

No Pain, No Gain
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Ikea withdraws meatballs from sale after inspectors find traces of horsemeat

Officials said that traces of horsemeat were found in "beef and pork" meatballs in the UK, Netherlands, Portugal and others

1,000 racehorses a year in UK abattoirs. Shocking failures in checks. How do we know thoroughbreds aren't in our food?

The monitoring and tracking of horse numbers in Britain and Ireland is so lax that tens of thousands of animals may have been exported illegally and entered the food chain, experts have warned.

Editorial: No longer a foreign meat problem

It was bad enough when horse meat allegedly from Poland via Ireland, and then Romania via France, was found contaminating British beef products. Cue much concern over elaborate supply chains, dubious foreign abattoirs and the ineptitude of the Food Standards Agency  in policing the quality – or even variety – of the processed meat entering the UK. How much worse, however, now that it appears that horse meat is slipping illicitly into the food chain in Britain, too.

Huntsman cleared of murder bid

A huntsman has been found not guilty of attempting to kill his former lover by shooting her outside her country home.

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