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It's a dog's life - start paddling!

PUBLISHED: 15:32 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 August 2010

POOCHES paddled for their canine chums in a swimathon to raise money for an animal charity. Dogs at Pethealth and Therapy Centre in Welling, raised £1,200 for the Animal Samaritans rescue charity based in Bexleyheath.

POOCHES paddled for their canine chums in a swimathon to raise money for an animal charity.

Dogs at Pethealth and Therapy Centre in Welling, raised £1,200 for the Animal Samaritans rescue charity based in Bexleyheath.

The centre in Bellegrove Parade was handed the money last Friday after all the sponsorship from the event in April was collected.

Hydrotherapy treatment is given at the centre to overweight, poorly and post-operative dogs and the majority of the dogs who tool part regularly attend the sessions.

They are put in a life vest to swim back to full health and owners can also treat their pooch to a spa session and blow dry.

Chairman of Animal Samaritans Chris Bishop praised centre staff and said: "It's a fantastic achievement to raise so much for a small centre.

"The money is vital to provide our service. Whether it be the elderly who can't afford vets bills, re-homing animals and rescuing sick and injured animals.

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