Britain set to get first cloned dog

Britain is set to get its first cloned dog after dog owner Rebecca Smith won a competition and had her pet cloned on a Channel 4 documentary.

“Mini Winnie” was cloned in a test tube at a cost of £60,000 using DNA from Ms Smith’s 12-year-old dachshund.

According to the Mirror, Ms Smith said: “My sausage dog is very special but she is 12 and not going to be around forever. My boyfriend always joked, ‘We need to get her cloned.'”

The procedure was carried out by Sooam Biotech in South Korea, who hope thousands of other Britons will pay the large price tag in order to have their dog reproduced. However, a number of critics have condemned the process, suggesting that owners won’t get the results they’re expecting.

According to Sir Ian Wilmut, who led the team that cloned the first mammal, Dolly the sheep, in 1996, owners will be disappointed. He said: “So much of the personality of a dog comes from the way you treat them. If you spend £60,000 on a cloned dog, you will treat it differently. I am sufficiently sceptical.”

Animal rights group Peta also disagree with the idea of pet cloning. A spokesperson said: “We cannot resurrect animals, but we can give living animals in desperate need a chance at a happy life. Every year, millions of homeless animals are euthanized.”

The Channel 4 documentary Channel 4 documentary called The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man’s Best Friend can be found online on 4OD.


Soldier saves bomb dog from death sentence

Soldier Angie McDonnell has saved the life of a bomb-hunting dog that she served alongside in Afghanistan.

While posted at Camp Bastion, Ms McDonnell worked with Vidar, who sniffed out a haul of enemy weapons and saved the lives of British soldiers on a number of occasions.

However, the four-year-old Belgian Malinois faced being put down after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic strew disorder following his two tours abroad.

After hearing the news, army medic Ms McDonnell made it her mission to adopt Vidar and bring him back to her home in South Wales. “He saved my life so it’s only fair that I did what I could to save his,” she said.

She continued: “The dogs out there are heroes and I knew from the first moment I saw him that he was a one-in-a-million. He looked like he needed a cuddle so I went into his kennel and rubbed his belly.

Vidar is now enjoying a happy retirement at Ms McDonnell’s home in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan.