Maltese warned against buying pets as Christmas presents

People in Malta and Gozo have been warned against buying pets as presents this Christmas. The public have been urged to consider the commitment of caring for an animal long-term. A spokesman for Animal Welfare Gozo said: ‘Each year we see unwanted animals that were given as gifts. ‘People should consider the commitment they are making […]

Dog left fighting for life after eating poison in Gozo

A dog has been left fighting for her life after eating slug pellets in Gozo. 18-month-old Rafa ingested the poison in a street near her home in Xaghra on Friday. Soon after Rafa, a labrador and border collie mix, began frantically shaking and foaming at the mouth, before collapsing. He is now being treated in […]

Scamp the Tramp is crowned the world’s ugliest dog

Scamp the Tramp’s looks have made him a winner – but it wasn’t a beauty contest. The scruffy-haired, bug-eyed pooch took the top prize at the 31st annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest in California. His owner Yvonne Morones won $1,500 in cash, another $1,500 to donate to an animal charity of her choice, and lots […]

Dogs evolved ‘sad puppy eyes’ to appeal to humans

Dogs have evolved their ‘sad eyes’ expression in order to help endear them to humans, a study has found. Scientists compared the anatomy and behaviour of dogs and wolves. Their findings suggest the facial structure of dogs changed over thousands of years specifically to enable them to communicate with humans. A University of Portsmouth spokesman […]

Real estate agency saves Maltese pets in need

Maltese businesses are well-known for their generosity by helping charities and good causes at home and abroad. Some donate clothes, food, books or even manpower to help those in need. But one Maltese company has started doing something extra special –  helping our four-legged friends. Real estate firm Ben Estates has pledged to make a […]