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Barnsley's Pawsome Pets
Did you catch our 'Pawsome Pets' feature in this weeks paper? From fostering cats and doggie adventures to dachshund parties and the RSPCA, you can check out the feature here or by clicking the image below.
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Call for more XL Bully guidance
A BARNSLEY MP has called on the government to issue further guidance to XL bully owners who have been unable to register their dogs. Stephanie Peacock, who represents Barnsley East, was contacted by a constituent who was unable to get their dog neutered for an unexpected amount of time and was therefore unable to register the dog before the government-set deadline. The introduction of the policy on XL bullies, while necessary and welcome according to...
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Keeping your pet safe when the temperature drops
WITH temperatures dropping and snow covering many areas, PDSA vets have issued advice on spotting the signs of hypothermia in your pets. PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing explains: “Hypothermia is when a pet’s body temperature drops dangerously low. It can be very serious and, if not treated quickly, it can cause their body to shut down, which is fatal.” Symptoms of hypothermia: Shivering – this is a natural response to help the body...
RSPCA to use Barnsley sparrowhawk shooting case as an ‘example’
INVESTIGATORS from the RSPCA have vowed to use a recent conviction - which saw a Barnsley pensioner receive a four-figure bill for gunning down a protected sparrowhawk - as an example in a Yorkshire-wide campaign to help reverse dwindling bird of prey numbers. Peter Smith, of Clifton Close, Barnsley was charged with killing a sparrowhawk at Hope Street Allotments, Mapplewell, in February last year. The 77-year-old, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted following a trial...
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'Police will take enforcement action' as law changes
SOUTH Yorkshire Police have issued a reminder that as from today enforcement action will be taken as the next stage of the XL Bully ban begins. They say that they understand that the new restrictions on XL Bully dogs are an adjustment and change for everyone. "Thousands of dogs have already been registered and owners are stepping up and following the legislative changes. "We are here to uphold the law and ensure...
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Vet's donates funds and food
A VET surgery raised more than £200 over Christmas to support local animals. Based on Wilthorpe Road, staff ran fundraisers over the festive season by asking the public to donate funds and food. Funds raised will be used to purchase food, leads, coats and toys, and the charity will continue to work closely with Helping Yorkshire Poundies to provide the best care and make sure pets have a good home.
Police call over XL Bully owners
SOUTH Yorkshire Police are urging residents to report owners of XL Bully dogs who ‘aren’t acting responsibly’ to the force. It has been a legal requirement to keep the breed on a lead and muzzled when in public since December 31. It is also illegal to breed, sell, advertise, gift, exchange, abandon or let an XL Bully stray. Chief Inspector Emma Cheney said: “We are currently writing to XL Bully owners and breeders...
Fine for pensioner who shot bird of prey
A PENSIONER who was found guilty of gunning down a protected bird of prey has been left with a bill of more than £2,000 after an RSPCA investigation landed him in court. Peter Smith, of Clifton Close, Barnsley was charged with killing a sparrowhawk at Hope Street Allotments, Mapplewell, in February last year. The 77-year-old, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted following a trial at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court in December. He returned on Wednesday and...
For the love of animals...
MORE than 20 million potentially lifesaving reports have been made to the RSPCA’s call centre in Barnsley over the last two decades - and heartbreaking figures show the 150-strong workforce receive news of a neglected animal every five minutes. The centre, based in Wath-upon-Dearne, celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. Every year, around a million calls are made from across England and Wales to the Barnsley centre, which is the first point of contact for...
New ‘best friend’ for Frank after attack
A KIND-HEARTED community rallied together to support a life-long resident whose 14-year-old Jack Russell was snatched and fatally mauled by another dog earlier this month - and he said he couldn’t be more proud of his local area. On January 5, 73-year-old Frank Goldthorpe was walking his dog, Ellie, around Thurnscoe when she was bitten by another dog - which has since been seized by police officers - and taken to a nearby garden where...
Pups left at police station
THESE gorgeous puppies were abandoned at Goldthorpe Police Station yesterday evening. Barnsley South East Neighbourhood Policing Team reports that they have been to the vets to be checked and are now safely with the dog warden. We're all hoping they find their forever homes soon.