Nation of animal lovers would stop abuse

By Cara Sulieman

THE MAJORITY of Scots said they would intervene if they saw someone abusing an animal.

Figures released today show that 79 per cent of people would step in, but just 47 per cent think that cruelty towards animals is on the rise.

The survey, carried out by animal protection charity OneKind, also shows that 87 per cent of the public still think Scotland is an animal loving nation.

Kind-hearted Scots also find seeing an animal suffer just as distressing as watching a person suffer, with 82 per cent of the population saying this is the case.

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Tubby lemurs lose weight to boost sex life

Bobby (left) and Noemie (right) have been on a low fat diet to shift their extra weight

By Cara Sulieman

A PAIR of lemurs have been trimming down for summer thanks to a little help from their keepers at Edinburgh Zoo.

Bobby and Noemie were piling on the pounds as they lazed around waiting for their next meal.

But after nine months of low fat food and more exercise, they have shed a kilo between them and are closing in on their target weight.

Extra weight would mean the pair being less likely to breed and, as they are an endangered species, it is important they produce offspring.

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₤75,000 worth of pets stolen from Edinburgh and the Lothians

By Oliver Farrimond

PET rustlers have stolen more than ₤75,000 worth of animals in the past year.

The animals – including parrots, goldfish, sheep and a prize cockatiel worth ₤6,000 – were snatched from public spaces and homes, with some being returned to their owners, and others turning up dead.

Among the animals targeted in the Edinburgh and Lothian areas were a flock of 200 sheep worth ₤16,000 stolen from their field in the middle of the night, and four Herman tortoises boosted from a pet shop.

Brian Stuart, head of the National Wildlife Crime Unit, based in West Lothian, said that animals were often targeted for lucrative black market trading. Continue reading

Lucky black cat finds rescue centre

By Andrea McCallum

A LUCKY black cat managed to find an animal rescue centre with its head wedged in a can of food.

The disorientated moggy was discovered by Scottish SPCA staff in Middlebank, Fife, on Sunday morning.

And the hungry female feline – who had tried its luck with an empty can of cat food – was freed from the restricting blindfold.

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Cancer dog left to die because owner was “embarrassed”

By Michael MacLeod
A ROTWEILLER with cancer had to be put-down after its owner dumped it because he was “too embarrassed” to take it to a vet.
Colin Clark abandoned his 10 year-old pet when a tumour grew on its paw.
The 35 year-old tied the dog to a fence in Edinburgh’s Trinity Road last June and left it to starve. 

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Dog sex video man spared prison spell

By Michael MacLeod

A MAN who twice filmed himself having sex with his dog has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for two years.

John Kerr, 30, has also been banned from keeping animals as pets without permission from social workers.

He was caught when he left his mobile phone – containing videos of the disgusting attacks – behind a couch at a friend’s flat in Edinburgh’s Kirk Street.

The clips were reported to police, who told Scottish SPCA officers to seize the Staffordshire bull terrier from Kerr.

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Suffering dog found at roadside

The sick dog at the vets before it was sadly put down

By Cara Sulieman

ANIMAL welfare chiefs were last night investigating why a suffering dog was left wandering a Scots street to die.

The animal was rushed to vet surgeons for emergency after being found on a roadside in West Lothian.

But the dog was in such a bad state she couldn’t be saved despite receiving urgent treatment for dehydration and vomiting and diarrhoea.

Her coat was particularly badly affected, with her rear covered in matted faeces.

The Scottish SPCA were called in after a passer by found the animal next to the road in Strathlogie, Westfield.

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