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Noel Fitzpatrick receives a Guinness World Record
Noel Fitzpatrick receiving his award
Noel says he is "thrilled" that the work carried out at Fitzpatrick Referrals has been recognised by the Guinness World Records.
Award presented for world-first operation on Oscar the cat

World-renowned vet Noel Fitzpatrick has been presented with a Guinness World Record for his pioneering operation on Oscar the cat - the world's first animal to receive two bionic leg implants.

Oscar lost both his hind feet in an accident with a combine harvester in 2009. He was flown from his home in Jersey to Fitzpatrick Referrals, where he was given intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics, that allow skin to adhere to metal, and a pair of unique plastic feet enabling him to walk again.

Noel was presented with the world record at London Pet Show last week by Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief of the Guinness World Records. It recognises the extraordinary efforts of Noel and his team at Fitzpatrick Referrals.

Commenting on the award, Noel said: "The Guinness Book of Records was the first book I ever had, so receiving this award is a real honour!

"I’m very humbled, you’re only as good as your next operation – you only ever think about providing hope to pets and their owners and doing your best.

"To be able to help them through the toughest times and see pets like Oscar make a full recovery is the most rewarding feeling and I’m thrilled that the work we carry out at Fitzpatrick Referrals has been recognised by Guinness World Records."

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Huge spike in ‘designer’ dogs going into rescue

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 The RSPCA has reported a huge spike in the number of ‘designer’ dogs arriving into its care.

Figures published by the charity show there has been a 517 per cent increase in the number of French bulldogs arriving into its kennels. During that time, the charity has also seen an increase in dachshunds, chihuahuas, and crossbreeds.

RSPCA dog welfare expert Lisa Hens said: “We know that the breeds of dog coming into our care often reflect the trends in dog ownership in the wider world and, at the moment, it doesn’t get more trendy than ‘designer’ dogs like French bulldogs and Dachshunds."

 

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The guidance includes every step - from the presentation of sheep and facilities for shearing, through to using a contractor and shearers - and aims to ensure shearing is carried out safely, efficiently and with high standards of animal welfare.

Guide co-author Jill Hewitt from the NAAC said: “Shearing is a professional job that takes significant skill. Shearers take their responsibility to protect animal welfare very seriously and it will be a positive step to remind everyone of the importance of working together.’