Sunderland pet hospital to help with demand
A charity said a £1.6m pet hospital in Sunderland will help with a rise in demand for its services.
The People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) PetAid Hospital, in Hepworth Road, has been funded by public donations.
The charity said its Sunderland team sees about 8,000 animals a year which is a rise of 34% on the figure for 2006.
The new hospital replaces its old facilities on Kings Road.
It has six consulting rooms, two operating theatres, a dental theatre, a digital X-ray room, a diagnostic laboratory, recovery wards and a critical care unit for infectious cases.
Pet owners who live in the hospital's catchment area can register with the charity if they receive housing or council tax benefit.
The centre is known as the Reay Hudson Centre in recognition of a large donation to the appeal by benefactor Derek Reay Hudson.