Cute canines - and dogs that look like their owners - at Chesterfield RSPCA’s dog show: WITH PICTURE SLIDESHOW

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Cute canines, pampered pooches and hounds which looked like their owner all turned out for Chesterfield RSPCA’s annual fun dog show.

The event, which included agility and displays was held at the Panthers Rugby Club on Saturday and raised £3,500 for the centre’s rebuild appeal.

Chesterfield RSPCA Dog Show at Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club ground

Chesterfield RSPCA Dog Show at Chesterfield Panthers Rugby Club ground

Branch president Martin Thacker added: “It was heart warming to see how the people of Chesterfield came out to support the Fun Dog Show. There were a number of categories at the show designed to cause a smile but some with a serious note.

“Particularly poignant was Best Rescue Dog in which judges heard inspirational stories of how lives of dogs had been turned around by their present owners.”

The charity has launched an ambitious project to refurbish the centre on Spital Lane and unless it can raise £1.5million to revamp the whole site it may be forced to close.

A planning application has now been submitted to Chesterfield Borough Council to rebuild the rabbit accommodation on the site.

The plans will see old hutches, which date back to the 1960s, replaced with new high quality housing as well as a new storage shed.

Peter Cashford, chairman of the board of trustees at Chesterfield and North Derbyshire RSPCA, said “It is really exciting news that our plans have now been submitted for the new rabbit and guinea pig accommodation – and this, along with the support of the people of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire and the Derbyshire Times readers, hopefully brings us closer to being able to achieve the first project in our rebuild scheme.”