Gran conned out of £500 in Accrington-based puppy selling scam

A devastated grandma who wanted to buy a puppy during lockdown said she was conned out of £500 in what she’s claiming was an online puppy selling scam. Pamela Turner responded to an advert on the pet selling website, Pets4Homes, at the beginning of May. The advert stated a seller with the user name ‘mariewoods86p’, […]

Man smashes car window to save puppy right in front of police

A man who smashed a stranger’s car window to save a puppy has been told his actions were lawful. The unnamed rescuer told police officers he would break into the vehicle if they didn’t act after noticing the ‘distressed’ animal. So when he returned to an unchanged scene in the centre of Swindon, Wiltshire, he […]

Coombes family’s missing dogs Maya and Rye are found

A FAMILY are “over the moon” after their missing pet dogs were found. Maya and Rye were discovered not far from their home in Coombes Road, Lancing, from where they “suddenly disappeared” seven weeks ago. Dragana Standing, 49, said her children were delighted and she thanked The Argus for help in the campaign to trace […]

Covid-19 trial begins to see if dogs can ‘sniff out’ virus

A UK trial to see whether specialist medical sniffer dogs can detect coronavirus in humans is set to begin. The dogs are already trained to detect odours of certain cancers, malaria and Parkinson’s disease by the charity Medical Detection Dogs. The first phase of the trial will be led by the London School of Hygiene […]

40 animals are being dumped across the country every day in lockdown

The RSPCA has received around 1,600 reports of abandoned animals since the start of lockdown – averaging around 40 a day. And since the country went into lockdown on March 23, the RSPCA has received reports of 815 abandoned dogs. Staffies are the most likely to be abandoned with 15% of calls relating to the […]

Dog restrictions in force on 12 Cornwall beaches

Dog restrictions come into force on 12 of Cornwall’s beaches on Friday. They are beaches which have Blue Flag Status or Seaside Awards. Under new public space protection orders (PSPOs) agreed by Cornwall Council earlier this year dogs will not be allowed on the following beaches from 10:00 until 18:00 until 30 September: Carbis Bay […]

Dogs go through ‘teenage’ phase when they hit puberty

You want to stay up all night gaming, then sleep in until lunch. You don’t want to listen to your parents or do what you’re told. Adults keep nagging you but no-one understands you. It turns out your dog might. It could be going through the same thing. A study from a team of UK universities suggests […]


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Why you shouldn’t get a pet during lockdown

As the saying almost goes: A dog is for life, not just for coronavirus. That’s the message coming from The Kennel Club, one of the UK’s biggest dog welfare organisations. It’s warning people the lockdown is not a time for impulse buying animals without considering their future.  The organisation says searches for puppies on their […]

Hole lot of love…

A distraught dog owner has been reunited with her beloved gundog after he was found trapped in a sinkhole two days after disappearing. Twenty-seven-year old Megan Moody was left devastated after her five-year-old working gundog Ralph disappeared while out walking in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales earlier this year. “My parents and I took the […]

Providing Care to Your Pets During COVID-19 Quarantine / Isolation

Let’s start off with the good news first. It’s well-believed and generally advised by the CDC that pets are not at risk of contracting the COVID-19 virus. While the final verdict is still out on the certainty of this, the CDC has not yet received any reports of pets contracting COVID-19 in the United States. In regards […]