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Cowell 49 defeated Ports 35C Grade
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TWO determined sides took the court for the C grade first semi-final. The match began goal-for-goal, with both sides hungry for every loose ball.

After a series of turnovers, Ports wasable to create the first margin for the game.This was short lived, and the lead swung back and forth between the two sides with neither team able to take command of the match.

Nerves under the goal ring became missed opportunities for Cowell, with Ports creating a two goal lead at the first quarter.

Cowell scored the first two goals of the second quarter, bringing the scores back to even.

From there Cowell continued itsrun of goals, creating a four goal margin.The game returned to the goal-for-goal battle we had seen at the beginning of the match.

Cowell defenders worked hard to force the Ports goalies to take long shots, but the Ports girls were up to the task and accurate at this range.In the third quarter players rotatedagain for the Cowell side, which wasable to combat the fatigue of the warm day with the depth of talent on itsbench.

Ports attack found Bec Wagner’s long arms hard to get past, and were unable to match her height for rebounds.

Heather Slee played a similar role at the attacking end for Cowell, converting any missed shots after collecting the rebounds.

Both teams continued to work hard in what proved to be a high scoring quarter, with Cowell taking the lead.

An evenly fought contest unfolded in the fourth quarter, with both teams fighting hard for the full 15 minutes.Great feeding in and around the goal circle cemented and extended the Cats’ lead.

Again, the rotation of players from the Cowell bench meant that fresh Cats players were able to outrun their fatiguing opponents, and extend thelead to 14 goals by the final whistle.

Picture:Heather Slee for Cowell defended by Hannah Lienert with Fiona Harkness heading into assist.

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Applied: The development application is for a community parish and lawn cemetery at 20-22 Annangrove Road, Kenthurst, next door to St Madeleine’s Primary School.
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The Catholic Diocese of Parramatta has applied to build a place of worship and cemetery on Annangrove Road in Kenthurst.

Plans submitted to construct Kenthurst Parish at 20-22 Annangrove Road request permission to demolishthe existing structure, next door to St Madeleine’s Primary School.

The proposal is to build the Parish Church and a lawn cemetery.

The Diocese issued a press release saying the lawn cemetery was needed as it “will help contribute to the construction costs and debt repayments related to the building of the new church.”

They said the development of a parishhad been “the passion of the community for the past 30 years.”

Some parents and Kenthurstresidentshave voiced concern about the cemetery’sproximity to the two schools.

Parent Leesa Scaverasaid in a submission to council’s online development portal thatthe road was too congested to allow for further development.

“I am concerned about the lack of parking at the school already,” Ms Scavera wrote.

“There are many students who have to park out on Annangrove Road as [the] car park is not big enough. This causes more confusion and addedtraffic trying to enter and exit the school.”

It is understood some parents are concerned about the psychological impact of a cemetery in sight of the school.

“We are all hoping council will protect the interests of the community, the neighbouring residents, the 1600 children onsite,”Felicity Power said in another submission, adding the proposal posed a risk to pedestrian safety and showed“blatant disregard” for student welfare.”

The Diocese of Parramatta spokesman said consultants had been hired to assist in ensuring the cemetery was“appropriately enclosed from public view with external and boundary landscaping which totally encloses the site.”

“The parish is absolutely sympathetic to the concerns of local residents and will work with them on any reasonable points of view they might have,” the statement read.

Adjoining and close neighbours have been invitedto meet with the members of the parish committee regarding their concerns.

“The parish maintains its willingness to continue working with council, residents and parents to address their concerns,” the spokesman added.

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COUNCIL amalgamations that came when civic bodies were declared unfit under the state government’s Fit Fit the Future (FFF) programwere well publicised, as forthose that were declared fit, well, they were the lucky ones, right?. But how much ‘luck’ was really involvedand how are they handling some of the massive changes now?
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Inverell Shire Council was one Local Government Area declared fit and also one that Mayor Paul Harmon thinks has taken both the process and the change in its stride.

“It’s one of those things we seem to have been talking about forever,” Cr Harmon said.

“The state government put out a template that all councils had to meet, and there were many aspects to it. There were ratios for financials, own source revenue, loans council has, infrastructure backlogs, so it was a long, drawn out, lengthy process.”

Mayor Paul Harmon thinks the community has already seen some of the advantages of the Fit For the Future legislation.

He said Inverell’s application to IPART was independently assessed and audited and was far from a ‘tick and flick’ exercise.

“It was a robust document that shaped council’s plans into 2020 and even into 2022. So it wasn’t just about the next year or the next six-months,” Cr Harmon said.

“It was a long strategic plan that council put in place, and a blueprint for future councils to follow as a guide.”

He said new state government FFF legislation had already beennoticed by the communityin the form of the recent FFFinformation mail-out and the increased implementation of the council website.

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Vietnam veterans and members of Moree RSL sub-branch, John Williams and Cr John Tramby with the plaque honouring Max Wales at the Max Wales Memorial Park, where Saturday’s service will be held.
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Exactly 50 years ago to the day,August 18 1966, 108 young Australian and New Zealand soldiers fought and defeated anarmy of 2500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese soldiers, upholding the Anzac legend in a battle that would go down in the history books as one of the most significant in the Vietnam War.

“There were bigger battles andbigger casualties but never had so few defeated so many,” Moree RSL sub-branch member and Vietnam veteranJohn Tramby said.

Moree RSL sub-branch will be holding a commemorative service to mark the 50thanniversary of the Battle of Long Tan on Saturday, August 20, beginning at 3.30pm, roughly the same time the battle began in torrential downpour in 1966.

Outnumbered 25 to 1 and finding themselves short of ammunition, D Company 6RAR managed to inflict heavy losses to the enemy, who eventually retreated after the arrival of A Company reinforcements in the night.

Eighteen Australians were killed, and 24 wounded in the battle,compared to the 245 North Vietnamese casualties.Moree’s Max Wales was one of those killed in the battle.

Local Vietnam veteran John Williams said the Battle of Long Tan shaped the rest of the war in many ways.

“They ran out of ammunition, but that was the last time that would ever happen,” he said.

“Now, you carry a lot more than that.I used to carry 200 rounds for machine guns, 400 rounds for armalite.It’s an awful lot of weight.”

In addition to soldiers carrying more ammunition,there was always a reaction force ready to go from then on.

The community is invited to attend Saturday’s service and pay tribute to Max Walesand the other 108 soldiers who fought at Long Tan, as well as allthose who served intheVietnam War, including Moree’s Ronald Thomas Carroll whose body was only recently returned to Australia.

The Moree Town Band and choir will be part of the service, whichwill includewreath-laying and a speech by Mr Williams. Everyone is invited to stay for tea and coffee at the conclusion.

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Organisers Bruce and Lyn Walker thank Windscreen Professionals’ Andrew Berridge for his long-time support. After the success of last year’s Operation Christmas Child where 455 shoeboxes from Young, Harden and Boorowa reached underprivileged children in other countries, organisers are hopeful of another great effort from the region again this year.
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Items to be packed into shoeboxes include:

Something to love (eg a teddy bear or doll); Something to wear (eg hat or t-shirt);Something to play with (eg tennis ball, skipping rope or marbles);Something for school (eg notebook or pencils);Something for personal hygiene (eg soap, washer or toothbrush);Something special (eg a letter and photo of yourself).Anyone interested can pick up brochures and pre-printed shoeboxes from Windscreen Professionals in Lovell Street or the Anglican office in Cloete Street.

People can use their own shoebox (no larger than an A4 page).

Organiser Lyn Walker said many residents from local churches, schools, different organisations and thoughtful individuals have been busy packing special shoeboxes for this inspiring project.

“Not only is a box full of fun and practical items sent to a needy child at Christmas time, but a box full of love and hope which has the ability to impact lives within that community,” Lyn said.

“It is felt not only bythe child receiving the gift, but the community as a whole.

“Imagine the joy of a child who has never received a gift before lifting the lid of a box overflowing with gifts just for them.

“Anyone can get involved by filling an ordinary shoebox (no larger than A4 paper) with specified items which are listed on the brochures.

“The gospel message is also offered with the gift which helps spread the true message of Christmas,” she said.

Packed shoeboxes can be delivered to Windscreens Professional or the Anglican office no later than October 14.

There will be a information morning tea on September 5 at the New Life Community Church on MacDonalds Road, Young.

For more details call Lyn Walker on 6383 9234 or 0428 699 779.

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Debate on the Palaszczuk government’s controversial new vegetation management laws have been delayed until about 9.30pm tonight. Image digitally altered.THE minority Palaszczuk government has delayed the debate on its controversialnew vegetation management laws until at least 9.30pm tonight.
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MPs were told on Mondayto expect the VegetationManagement (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016to be introduced immediately after the dinner break. However, parliament today accepted a disallowance motion relating to exhibited animals that will be considered from7.30pm. That issue is expected totake about two hours,meaning the vegetation debate could now start at about 9.30pm.

If parliament decides to complete a counter terrorism bill, the vegetation bill may not kick offuntil 10-10.30pm.

The debate will be streamed live on Queensland parliament’s website (click here).

The scene is nowset for what is shaping up asone of the fiercest battle ever to be seen inQueensland’s parliament. ThePalaszczuk government has adopted acrash or crash through on its anti-farmer laws, which will strenuously opposed by the LNP opposition and the two Katter members.

While the debate is expected to rage well into the early hours,a vote is not expected until sometime tomorrow (Thursday).

Palaszczuk has locked in behind theLabor-alignedextreme green movement and in concert, launcheda series of brutal attacks on Queensland farmers in the lead up to the debate.

If passed, the anti-agriculturelegislation will be retrospective to March 17.

TheDepartment of Natural Resourcespre-empted the decision on Tuesday, releasing new online maps (click here) of so-called high-value regrowth that would be protected under the new laws.

However, the fate of the bill appears to restwith Labor turned independentmember for Cook, Billy Gordon, who is under pressure from indigenous groups who will lose massive economic development opportunities ifpassed.If Mr Gordon does support Labor, the decision will come down to the casting vote of independent speaker Peter Wellington.

There appears little doubt thatQueensland other Laborturnedindependentmember Rob Pyne (Cairns) will side with the government.

The wild card appears to be if Labor would accept any last minute amendments put forward by either Mr Gordon or Mr Wellington, enabling the laws to be passed.

The bill is seen as a major test for the mid-term Palaszczuk government, whichisdesperate to appease Labor-aligned extreme green including the Wilderness Society and the WWF.

The ongoing support of green groups is seen as vital for Labor’sinner city seats including South Brisbane, held by deputy premier Jackie Trad, and Mount Coot-tha, held by environment minister Steven Miles, who rely on green preferences at the ballot box.

Farm groups,the LNP opposition and two Katter members maintain the billshould be rejected.Major sticking points include there-introduction of‘reverse onus of proof laws’ meaning farmersguilty until proven innocent, ‘mistake of fact’ as adefense for landholders, and the reintroduction ofso-called ‘high-value regrowth’.

Opposition natural resources spokesman Andrew Cripps said Labor’s decision not to withdraw the ‘reversal of the onus of proof’ provisions from its proposed vegetation management laws was arrogant and conceited.

Mr Cripps said other unfair provisions, including the withdrawal of ‘mistake of fact’ as an available defence and its retrospectivity to March 17 would also remain in Labor’s bill, denying people basic civil liberties.

He said under the Palaszczuk Government’s laws, Queensland’s agriculture sector would have to rely on revised self-assessable codes, the Coordinator-General and other obscure legislation to manage vegetation.

“We know Labor has already moved to reduce the flexibility of self-assessable codes for routine management activities, which will drive up the costs and reduce the productivity of Queensland’s agriculture sector,” Mr Cripps said.

“The only pathway for expanding high value agriculture in Queensland will be through the expensive and time-consuming coordinator general’s process, favouring large corporate agriculture at the expense of small family farming businesses.

“Indigenous communities on Cape York have been told to rely on theCape York Peninsula Heritage Actto deliver future economic opportunities, despite it rarely being used because of its narrow and inflexible provisions.”

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Rebecca Maher was taken to Maitland police station about 12.45am on July 19. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers An officer talks on the phone at Maitland police station. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers
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Rebecca Maher was found dead in a cell at Maitland police station on July 19. Photo: Supplied

An Aboriginal woman has died in a police holding cell, marking the first Aboriginal death in NSW police custody since 2000.

Rebecca Maher, 36, was picked up by police in Cessnock, near Newcastle, and taken to Maitland police station about 12.45am on July 19.

Fairfax Media understands witnesses had called police to report her highly intoxicated on the roadside.

She was placed in the cells at the station. When officers checked on her at 6am she was dead.

The Aboriginal Legal Service NSW/ACT has accused police of failing to follow legal protocols that require them to notify the ALS as soon as an Indigenous person is taken into custody.

It was only notified of Ms Maher’s death in custody on August 12, 24 days later.

The events leading up to Ms Maher’s detention and the reasons for her detention are under close scrutiny.

Police released a statement on July 19 saying “police located and detained a 36-year-old woman who appeared intoxicated, walking along Wollombi Road, Cessnock”.

In a second statement, on July 25, police said she was taken to the station because “police had concerns for her welfare”.

In that statement, police appealed for witnesses who saw Ms Maher on Wollombi Road, including the occupants of a blue Commodore and an anonymous man who called police.

Initial media reports said there was no evidence of foul play or self-harm inside the cell. An autopsy would determine whether her intoxicated state contributed to her death, the Newcastle Herald reported.

At a rally held in Cessnock earlier this month, Ms Maher’s family read out a statement saying they were only told of the mother-of-four’s death about 12.30pm on July 19.

They say Ms Maher didn’t commit any crime and should not have been detained.

“Without being charged with any crime, Rebecca was taken into police custody as she walked down a street in the NSW rural town of Cessnock,” the statement said.

“Police allege that she was intoxicated, but have given her family no other reason as to why Rebecca was detained.

“Very little information has been given to Rebecca’s family about the circumstances of her death. All that the family has been told is that Rebecca was taken into police custody and without being charged with anything was put into a cell at an early hour (approximately 1am) on Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

“According to the limited information given to her mother, police entered the cell at 6am Tuesday morning to find Rebecca deceased. They contacted Rebecca’s mother with this news some 5-6 hours later at around 12.30pm.”

The family have provided Fairfax Media with a photo of Ms Maher.

Following the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991, a recommendation was made to develop a protocol whereby an Aboriginal legal service is notified whenever an Aboriginal person is arrested or detained.

This requirement was enshrined in law in the NSW Law Enforcement (Powers and Responsibilities) Regulation.

The ALS set up the Custody Notification Service in 2000, a 24/7 phone line, to meet this need.

“We’re very concerned there’s been a procedural failure this time, and that we were not notified of Ms Maher’s detainment,” ALS chief executive Gary Oliver said.

“If the CNS had been used by police when they detained Ms Maher, there may have been a different outcome.”

He said the CNS allows a lawyer to give the detainee legal advice and check they’re OK.

“Sometimes they’re not OK, and the police and the lawyer organise for a health check, an ambulance, medication or whatever assistance is required to ensure the person in custody is safe.

“Even if a person is seen to be intoxicated, the police still ring us and let us know they’ve got a person in custody, and NSW police ensure that person in custody is made safe.”

It’s not yet clear how Ms Maher died in custody or why she was detained.

NSW Police have been contacted for comment.

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CHEERS: Bendigo Beer’s Jo Doye pours a beer for Capital Venues and Events’ David Lloyd. Bendigo on the Hop will take place on Saturday. Picture: DARREN HOWESIX venues taking part in Bendigo on the Hop have sold out their ticket allocations.
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Bendigo Beer president Trevor Birks said ticket sales for the winter beer festival had been solid since the brewery line-up was announced in June.

“We are experiencing a last minute rush to grab the last tickets available for Saturday,” he said.

“As of Tuesday, there is about 400 to go which was similar to the same time last year. We sold out last year and we expect to go close again.”

The walkabout beer festival sees 28 craft beerbreweries take over 10 venues in the Bendigo CBD.

Mr Beebe’s,The Exchange, The Rifle, Handle Bar, The Gallery Caféand Grill’d have all sold out out their allocations.

There are limited spots available at Handle Bar, Rocks on Rosalind and Bendigo on the Hop’s two pop-up venues The Hub Pub (inSidney Myer Place) and Morley’s Laneway Party (next to the old Toyworld building).

“We are so excited to be doing something different like this for Bendigo On The Hop,” Mr Birks said.

“Morley’s is a laneway party for the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival, so we’ve incorporated it into this event due to a lot of positive feedback.”

The strong ticket sales are encouraging for Bendigo Beer after their host ticketing siteused by the group last yearto sell tickets was hacked, resulting in ticket holders’ credit card details being used for fraudulent purchases.

Local outlet Capital Venues and Events has been selling tickets for this year’s festival through The Capital theatre’s box office.

Bendigo on the Hop will feature the top four breweries listed in craft beer blog the Beer Cartel’s national craft beer survey –Feral Brewing, Pirate Life, Stone &Wood and Bridge Road Brewers.

“Pirate Life are pretty much the rock stars of the festival, having taken the Australian beer industry by storm in the last 18 months so it’s great to have them coming across from Adelaide,” Mr Birks said.

“It’s also really pleasing to have all six local breweries (Brookes, 40 Acres, Castlemaine, Tooborac, Bandicoot and Holgate)in this year’s event which will show the expected 800 participants from Melbourne just how good beer is up here in Bendigo.”

Bendigo on the Hop is on Saturday, August 20, from 11am to 6pm.

For more details or to buy tickets head to 梧桐夜网bendigobeer南京夜网

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Andrew Chapman, Wombramurra; auctioneer Paul Dooley, Tamworth; Stephen Gill, Alexandra Downs, Merriwa; Scott Simshauser, Landmark Tamworth and Peter Howarth, Wombramurra, Nundle with some of the Wombramurra sale bulls. BUYERS from across three states filled the stands and pushed prices to $26,000 at the annual Wombramurra Black Simmentals bull sale near Nundle last Wednesday.
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Peter Howarth and Andrew Chapman presented 30 Black Simmental bulls with 27 selling to average $8777 overall and 36 SimAngus Bulls with all selling to average $8875.

In the breakdown; 18 two-year old Simmental bulls topped at $26,000 and averaged $10,055; nine yearling Simmental bulls topped at $10,000 and averaged $6222; 19 two-year old SimAngus bulls peaked at $15,000 and averaged $10,105; nine 17month-old SimAngus bulls reached $12,000 and averaged $8333 whilst eight yearling SimAngus bulls topped at $9,000 and averaged $6562.

The highly sort after Wombramurra K233, a TNT Tanker son out of a GW Lucky Charm daughter, hit the $26,000 sale top after a three way bidding war.

Stephen Gill, Alexander Downs, Merriwa came out on top and secured the 23month-old homozygous black bull weighing 852 kilograms.

With an average daily gain (ADG) of 1.13kgs the bull scanned raw figures of 5mm for rump, 4mm for rib, 121cmsqfor eye muscle area (EMA) and 5.2 per centfor intramuscular fat (IMF).

Mr Gill joins around 900 Angus and Black Baldy females annually to supply their own feedlot operation.

“He has excellent weight for age, we’re hoping he’ll pass that onto his progeny and put some yield and softness back into the herd,” Mr Gill said.

The top of the SimAngus draft was achieved by Wombramurra K215, a 24month-old Millah Murrah Right Time son out of an MR NLC Upgrade daughter who attracted a $15,000 bid.

Purchased by loyal clients, James and Sally Morse, Molong, who know the benefits of Wombramurra genetics first hand as a past winner of the Beef Spectacular Feedlot Trial.

At 802kgs, the polled bull had a ADG of 1.06kg and a scrotal circumference of 39cm.The Morse familypurchased four bulls to average $10,500.

Volume buyer was Wallings Pastoral Co, “Callaroy” Cassilis, who secured two Simmental and four SimAngus bulls to average $7333.

Other significant purchases included 3EW, Murrarundi, buying three Simmental and one SimAngus yearling to average $8250 and theBeard family, Chinchilla, QLD secured two SimAngus Bulls for $11,000 each.

Stud manager, Andrew Chapman, was highly enthused with the sale result brought about by a good attendance of repeat and new buyers.

The sale was settled by Landmark Tamworth with Paul Dooley as guest auctioneer.

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TRANQUIL: A reader has pitched some new names for Fishing Point which he reckons better reflect the reality of the neighbourhood. Picture: Fairfax MediaGoing barking madAN open letter to the residents of Fishing Point:
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I would like to suggest that we rename our beautiful suburb, Barking Point, and our wonderful Secret Bay, Kennel Bay, in honor of our noisy four-legged friends.

Come on, everybody, this is a neighborhood and it should be a peacefuland tranquil place to live,not a barking dog pound.

– Phillip Harris, Fishing Point

Greens missed the boatTHE Greens’ late application for the Lake Macquarie City Council election simply shows they never bothered to read the supplementary regulations, and missed the boat.

I would call it poetic justice because failing this simple task shows they would never be up to the job, and should remain as dreamers lost in their own little world.

– Carl Stevenson, Dora Creek

Greens a comedy sketchI JUST couldn’t believe it when I saw that all Greens candidates have been disqualified from standing in the forthcoming elections in Lake Macquarie due to a monumental blunder by the party on nomination procedure.

It was like a Monty Python sketch.

Something as simple as the method of payment of the nomination fee has torpedoed a whole team from standing. Someone should have known that the fees could not have been paid by a plastic card but by cash or cheque.

And it just shows that political parties should stay right out of local government.

Voters in Lake Macquarie willhave the choice ofthe two old and tired major parties, Liberal and Labor, two formal independent groupings, which may as well be parties, and a number of real single independents not aligned to any group.

Voters should back the real independents and avoid the major parties and the formal independent groupings.

-Chris Osborne,Marks Point

Yearning for sane societyIN the old days of sane societies, attacking fellow citizens who protect and defend their country against the enemy used to be considered punishable acts of treason. But not any more.Traitors have now acquired hero status.

– S. Moss,Hamlyn Terrace

Bats stink up the townI AGREE with comments about the problems caused by the flying foxes at Toronto. The bats have a stink that can be smelt all through the town.

– John Anderson, Blackalls Park

Profit is state agendaWHENare we in NSW going toelect a state government that will represent the people of NSW? Power prices to escalate to suit the overseas investors, health services that continue to deteriorate and experienced staff leaving the industry, manufacturing contracts given to overseas countries with less wages and nohealth and safety conditions. Is profit our only agenda? What future do our kids have?

– Gerry Mohan,Shoal Bay

What about other breeds?IN regard of the banning of greyhounds(I have nointerestin racing dogs or horses) – I was wondering whathappens to all the other breeds of dogs puppies?

– Colin Atkins,Wyong

Humans are dog servantsHUMANrelationships with pets has me amused. Sunday in the park opposite my home I watch people happily picking up freshly deposited poo from their beloved furchild. No other species on earth does this except the dung beetle. The obvious conclusion is that dogs must be the superior species on earth.

– Steve Barnett,Fingal Bay

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