From The Echo

Serious and sad news:

Get tough on the danger dog owners
Jan 23 2007
by Mike Hornby, Liverpool Echo

ANIMAL welfare groups will hold a rally in Liverpool to call for tougher rules for the owners of dangerous dogs.

The Deed not Breed campaign fears thousands of innocent and harmless family pets will be put down because of irresponsible or panic-stricken owners.

Since the death of Ellie Lawrenson in St Helens, scores of frightened dog owners have abandoned their animals, leaving rehoming centres at breaking point.

Melanie Page, chairwoman of Deed not Breed, said: “The tragedy of Ellie’s death has caused a lot of panic and the dog rehoming centres are full to bursting.

“Our feeling is that people are abandoning their dogs without just cause.”

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A sad farewell to Kop’ Doctor Fun

Dr Fun & Charlie at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Jan 23 2007
by Greg O'Keeffe, Liverpool Echo

FOR generations of Liverpool fans he was an unforgettable part of the match experience.

Dressed in a red top hat and twirling a rattle, Lenny Campbell became one of the Kop’s best-loved characters.

Today, relatives of the super-fan famously known as “Doctor Fun” spoke of their sadness after his death on Saturday, aged 63.

Father-of-two Mr Campbell, of Rupert Road, Huyton, died from cancer at Whiston hospital only hours after his beloved Reds beat champions Chelsea at Anfield.

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