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A sheep has been rescued after getting its head stuck in a wire fence.
The A55 was closed when a wayward cow wandered into traffic.
An overweight pig had to be put on a stretcher and taken out of an upstairs flat where it was stuck.
A dog started a house fire when it managed to turn on a microwave oven.
A cat and three kittens were saved from a kitchen fire in Birmingham – by oxygen masks.
A pig has been blamed for bringing some of London’s busiest rail lines to a halt.
The ducks on a French smallholding may continue to quack, a court has ruled, rejecting a neighbour’s complaint that the birds’ racket was making their life ‘a misery’.
A US police dog has been captured on camera stealing toys.
A reporter had to cut short a live broadcast because a pig would not leave him alone.
The RSPCA has listed its funniest rescues of 2019.





A family-run pet treat manufacturer is donating treats to animal rescue charities as part of its zero-waste policy.
The Golden Paste Company, a division of I’Anson Brothers, is continuing to run as it provides supplements for pets and livestock, alongside sister company British Horse Feeds that produces Speedi-Beet, Fibre-Beet and Cooked Linseed.
Casco Pet has created a new portable adoption shelter to cope with any increase in the number of unwanted pets during the coronavirus crisis.
Dog food manufacturer Laughing Dog has launched a campaign to share ‘happy’ tips, advice and activities for people at home with their dog. 
Calls for vet clinics to be classed as ‘essential’
Members of a group of teenagers shouted, “have corona, b****” and spat in an RSPCA inspector’s face while she was rescuing a swan in Hull, East Yorkshire.
A Belgian woman has infected her cat with the coronavirus, according to the country’s Public Health Department (FPS).
Specialist reptile products wholesaler, livefood farm and manufacturer Monkfield Nutrition has responded quickly to the coronavirus crisis in order to support ‘bricks-and-mortar’ pet stores and ensure that pet reptiles are fed and cared for properly throughout the UK.
The British Independent Retailers Association has welcomed last night’s rescue plan for the self-employed – but has raised concerns that many of its members still won’t benefit.
Pet pharmaceutical and welfare company Beaphar has issued a statement offering reassurance to its retailers.
Vital Pet Group has set up a dedicated ‘Lifeline Fund’ offering extended credit terms to as many retail customers as possible.
Trade and welfare bodies have come together to offer authoritative advice about caring for animals and each other during the coronavirus crisis.
The British Independent Retailers Association has launched a dedicated coronavirus hub to guide members and the wider retail community through the crisis.
The founders of new pet treat company Bug Bakes secured £50,000 investment from a Dragons’ Den investor on Sunday.
The UK pet food industry is calling on pet owners to ‘shop sensibly’ as there is plenty of pet food for everybody.  
Pets at Home will keep its stores and veterinary practices open during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic but has closed its grooming salons.
CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds says trade has TRIPLED over the past two weeks, with more than 500 new customers coming on board.
In light of current guidance on reducing the transmission of coronavirus by limiting non-essential contact, vets are temporarily permitted to prescribe remotely where no other option is available.
THE UK’S biggest garden centre retail group Dobbies - which has extensive pet departments in its stores - has made a U-turn on a decision to stay open despite a government order to shut all ‘non-essential shops’.
PATS says it will support exhibitors wherever it can with a series of marketing measures designed to help UK pet product suppliers get through the challenging times ahead.
From today (Wednesday), businesses will be able to apply for a three-month extension for filing their accounts.
Birstall Pet Suppliers is a small pet shop in the village of Birstall, about three miles north of the centre of Leicester. Co-owner Lucy Percy sheds light on what it’s like running a village shop and the challenges they face
A young photographer from Flintshire has won the RSPCA’s online animal photographic competition.
The RSPCA is providing an emergency-only service to animals through the coronavirus crisis in the wake of Government advice.  
Nearly a half of UK pet-owners have changed their shopping habits during the coronavirus crisis.
A relief fund has been set up to support rescue centres and other canine organisations affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pet trade and welfare bodies have released a statement this morning in the wake of the Prime Minister’s announcement last night (Monday).
All shops selling non-essential goods are to be closed immediately as the government imposes tougher controls to try to fight the coronavirus but stores selling essential items – including pet shops – can remain open.
An expert and a passionate enthusiast have joined forces to open a specialist koi, tropical fish and aquatics shop.
Pet and aquatic shops can still sell fish following Monday’s government guidance on the sale of ‘essential’ items, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association says. 
Regular readers will know I have made recommendations of carpeting plants in the past. This month, I want to introduce you to Echinodorus tenellus.
Spectrum Brands, Tetra’s parent group, has acquired the assets of Omega Sea to add to its Global Pet Care portfolio of aquatics brands.
Two aquatics companies have come together to establish Aquatic Now – a specialist marine distributor for the UK.
The trade body for the tropical fish industry has issued a new ‘position’ statement on the use of fish in cultural practices.
Fishkeeping chain Maidenhead Aquatics faced a few hurdles before the grand opening of its latest store.
Dates for AQUA 2021 have just been announced, allowing the UK’s aquatics and water gardening industry to begin planning for another great event.
Peregrine Livefoods has taken over exclusive UK distribution of Aquarium Systems UK and its brands.
Six critically endangered blackchin guitarfish have been born at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham, known to be the first and only breeding programme of its kind in the UK.
All Evolution Aqua aquariums now come with AquaFrame aluminium frame cabinets with EazySwap cabinet panels.
A team of scientists from the UK and Australia are using underwater loudspeakers to entice fish back to dead coral reefs and potentially help them recover.
Eco Pond says sales of its alternative to Extract of Barley Straw, Ecopond Barley-Bio Algae Control, have been growing strongly since its launch at AQUA 2017.
Blagdon, a leading water garden product company, has launched a foam-free pressurised pond filtration system.
With growing interest in planted tanks, hobbyists are always on the look-out for what’s new or different in the hobby. Aquadip’s Joey Abrahams has hints of what retailers can stock
The Chinese paddlefish, one of the world’s largest fish, has gone extinct.
China has imposed a 10-year commercial fishing ban on the Yangtze in a bid to protect its aquatic life.