Via the Echo:
Dogs have bow wow factor!
July 16 2007
by Greg O'Keeffe, Liverpool Echo
PRETTY pooches and handsome hounds were on display at a doggy beauty contest in Merseyside this weekend.
Dog owners entered their pets in categories including â€œdog with the nicest eyesâ€ and â€œcutest puppyâ€ at the open day event held in the Freshfields animal rescue centre.
A selection of food and drink stalls were available at the show on East Lodge Farm, East Lane, Ince Blundell on Sunday.
The dog with the loveliest eyes was Lucy, owned by Robyn Campbell from Bootle and the cutest puppy was Jack owned by Mark Peckham.
Other categories included best veteran, waggiest wail, most handsome dog, prettiest bitch, and best rescue.
Via the Beeb:
Sacred’ bullock Shambo is saved
The “sacred” bullock due to be slaughtered after it tested positive for TB, has been saved after a High Court judge quashed a government order.
Monks from the multi-faith Skanda Vale community in Carmarthenshire appealed against an assembly government ruling that the animal must be put down.
Their lawyers argued it would breach the Human Rights Convention.
The Welsh Assembly Government has now lodged an appeal, but will have to pay the costs of the hearing.
A spokesperson said: “We are disappointed with the judgment. Our aim and responsibility continues to be the protection of public and animal health.
“There are serious public and animal health issues in this case that need to be resolved urgently. As a result we are appealing the judgement as a matter of urgency.”
Earlier on Thursday His Honour Judge Gary Hickinbottom said: “This judgement does not, of course, guarantee that, as the community wish, Shambo will live until he dies a natural death.
“This judgement merely rules that the decisions of 3 May and 3 July to issue the slaughter notice and to pursue the slaughter under that notice were unlawful and will be quashed.”
The assembly government, he added, “have adopted the wrong approach in this case” and would now have to reconsider the matter.