Heroes who risked lives to save animals trapped in Manchester Dogs’ Home fire nominated for award

Manchester Evening News:

Jason Dyer and Dean Rostock, who entered the burning building and kicked open a number of kennel doors to rescue the dogs, have been nominated for a prestigious Animal Hero Award..

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John Nettles, Sue Johnston, Pam Ayres and Wendy Turner Webster unite to support campaign for dogs in laboratories to be found new homes


BUAV rescue beagle Bonnie

The high-profile actors, author and journalist have joined with the BUAV in its campaign to make it mandatory for dogs, cats and other animals to be found homes, where possible, after their use in laboratories.

Every year hundreds of cats and thousands of dogs suffer and die in experiments in the UK. Many animals may be used but not killed as part of the experiment, and others are bred for research but not used. All of whom could feasibly be found homes.

John Nettles, said: “I was surprised, and saddened, to learn from the BUAV that there are many animals bred for research but not used and considered ‘surplus to requirements.’ However, without any effort to release or find homes for them outside the laboratory, these animals are simply killed. They should not be denied the opportunity of freedom so please join me in calling on the Home Office to make the homing of cats, dogs and other animals “no longer required” a mandatory requirement for laboratories.”

Sue Johnston said: “It is shocking that there is no requirement for laboratories to release dogs once they are no longer required in research. Many could be given the chance to find a home, which is why I support the BUAV’s campaign that laboratories should be required to find homes for animals, wherever possible, rather than kill them and deny them a chance at happiness and freedom.”

Pam Ayres said:  “Whatever the arguments in favour might be, I detest the sight of animals in laboratories being used in this way. I feel saddened and revolted that their desolate lives end in euthanasia.  Certainly if any of these animals are in a condition where they can enjoy a new, loving home, I am massively in favour of them having one.  I would love to think that any animal, from a mouse to a beagle, could finally have loving care and a safe home.”

Wendy Turner Webster said: “I fully back the BUAV’s call that laboratories should be required to work with reputable animal shelters and organisations to find homes for animals who are no longer required, rather than kill them. These animals deserve a chance to find happiness… they are not soiled goods which are only fit for the scrap heap.”

The BUAV is calling for Home Office Minister, Norman Baker, to make the release of such cats, dogs and other animals a mandatory requirement for laboratories. The organisation argues that laboratories should be required to work with reputable animal shelters and organisations to find homes for these animals rather than simply kill them.

A BUAV investigation in 2013, at a UK laboratory, revealed that beagle puppies and adult dogs were killed because it was easier than finding them homes. This is despite an  EU Directive (1) on animal experiments that states ‘…..animals such as dogs and cats should be allowed to be rehomed in families as there is a high level of public concern as to the fate of such animals’. The BUAV was able to home three such beagles due to be killed – Bonnie, Billie and Oliver – and is publicising their stories to illustrate why animals no longer required by the research industry deserve to be given their freedom and found loving homes.

The BUAV’s Dr Katy Taylor, who adopted Bonnie, one of the adult beagles used for breeding said: “Bonnie is now an extremely happy dog. Her joy at seeing us in the morning is a delight. She wags her tail so much and adores going for walks.  It is heart breaking to think that she was due to be killed, like the other breeding females in the laboratory, so would never have experienced the joy of her new life and freedom”

CEO of the BUAV, Michelle Thew, said:  “We are grateful that all these wonderfully high-profile spokespeople are using their voices to speak out for those animals who are not being given the chance to experience the happy lives that Bonnie, Billie and Oliver now have. We know that the public are behind us on this call for homing to become a mandatory requirement and we urge the Home Office to respond to our request.”

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Chinese social media users track down the pet owner who cruelly chained dog to moving car


Chinese social media users have tracked down a cruel pet owner who attempted to “get rid” of his dog by dragging it behind his car on a busy road in the Guangdong province, south-east China…

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USA: 4 dogs found dead in basement of suburban animal hospital

ABC 7:

Several dead animals were removed from an animal hospital in the suburbs and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department is investigating…

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Engelbert Humperdinck backs £1 million Woodside Animal Centre appeal

Leicester Mercury:

Leicester’s Woodside Animal Centre has launched the biggest appeal in the history of the Leicestershire RSPCA.

It aims to raise £1 million through the Care 4 Paws appeal to build an onsite veterinary suite that will transform the way animals are cared for at the centre…

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Animal lover claims Christian housing charity ignored offer to let her home

Cornish Guardian:

A kindhearted animal lover says she offered to let her home through a Christian homeless charity’s Newquay office – but despite it having a 300-strong waiting list, was ignored.

The charity, Chapter1, came in for criticism last week after it was revealed that it was trying to evict 23-year-old dog owner Anthony Miller from one of its properties on Mount Wise…

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Is Balotelli behind 5 figure dog’s home donation?


Mario Balotelli has apparently shown his heart is in the right place after appearing to have made a generous donation to Manchester Dogs’ Home.

The millionaire ex-City striker who now plays for Liverpool is thought to have given a five-figure sum to the home after 60 dogs were killed in a blaze a week ago today…

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‘Poop & Pooches,’ a Magazine Devoted to Dog-Haters, Is a Hit in Germany

Wall Street Journal:

In 1992, four journalists sat at a local pub and played a drunken game: What’s the most absurd magazine title you can come up with?

After several rounds of Guinness, they agreed that in dog-crazy Germany a magazine devoted to dog haters would be pretty pointless. They even dreamed up a name: “Kot & Köter” in German, which translates to “Poop & Pooches”…

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Manchester Dogs’ Home: Simon Cowell ‘pledges £25,000′

BBC News:

Simon Cowell has pledged £25,000 to Manchester Dogs’ Home after it was devastated by a large fire, the centre has said.

The blaze on Thursday was tackled by 130 firefighters and claimed the lives of 60 animals…

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Man accused of cooking, feeding ex-girlfriend’s dog to her

News 10:

An apparently jilted boyfriend was arrested on stalking and animal cruelty charges after his ex-girlfriend claimed he told her via text message that he killed and cooked her dog before feeding it to her.

The woman contacted Redding police Sept. 9, telling them she was a victim of domestic violence and stalking by her 34-year-old ex-boyfriend Ryan Eddy Watenpaugh of Palo Cedro. She said she had been physically assaulted numerous times during their relationship which lasted several months, police Sgt. Todd Cogle said…

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