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Dachshund dog walk sets world record

Event helped raise £20,000 for rescue centres.
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Chatter box 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. Chatter box

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Equine News
Bat monitoring report reveals concerning trends
Bat monitoring report reveals concerning trends

Two iconic species have declined in the past five years.
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First puffin census in Farne Islands since 2019 begins
First puffin census in Farne Islands since 2019 begins

COVID-19 and avian flu had prevented full counts.
Blackbirds under threat from mosquito-borne virus
Blackbirds under threat from mosquito-borne virus

Researchers ask public to help monitor UK blackbird numbers.
Urgent action needed against invasive species, study finds
Urgent action needed against invasive species, study finds

Eighty-eight authors agreed invasive species pose a global threat.
Antibiotic pollution harms pond snails' ability to learn
Antibiotic pollution harms pond snails' ability to learn

Antibiotic pollution harms pond snails' ability to learn
Lion cubs given first health check at London Zoo
Lion cubs given first health check at London Zoo

The cubs are part of an international breeding programme.
Review calls for sea turtle monitoring
Review calls for sea turtle monitoring

The Dick Vet says immediate action is needed.
Breeding Bird Survey marks 30 years of citizen science
Breeding Bird Survey marks 30 years of citizen science

The latest report reveals severe declines in swifts and curlews.
California sees surge in cases of malnourished pelicans
California sees surge in cases of malnourished pelicans

Hundreds are being brought into rescue centres.
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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."

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