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Dachshund dog walk sets world record
The event was the first time the annual Agria Dog Walk had attempted to set a world record.
Event helped raise £20,000 for rescue centres.

A charity dog walk has set a new world record for the largest dachshund dog walk.

The dogs and their owners achieved the feat at Marble Hill House, London on Saturday, 18 May.

With a minimum of 250 dachshunds needing to cross the line, and an adjudicator on hand from Guinness World Records, the new record was comfortably achieved – with a total of 342 dachshunds taking part.

Television personality, model, and animal rights activist Jodie Kidd and her dachshund Sausage were among those who joined in the walk.

The event was part of the annual Agria Dog Walk, which saw a series of dog walks held over the weekend at three English Heritage Sites across the UK. There were also walks held in Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway and Sweden, as well as a Digital Dog Walk.

Approximately 1,500 dogs took part in total and £20,000 was raised to support animal rescue centres. Dachshund Rescue UK, Poodle Network and Beagle Welfare are among those which will benefit.

Vicki Wentworth, CEO at Agria Pet Insurance, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Guinness World Records title. It’s an incredible achievement, and it was an absolute pleasure to watch so many passionate people and pups come together to help support a great cause.

“We had a fantastic turnout, and we’d like to thank everyone who showed up to walk the walk in the name of animal welfare.”

Image © Agria Pet Insurance

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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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