Tyne & Wear

Great North Snowdogs damaged after unleashing

A damaged snowdog in Sunderland
Image caption This damaged snowdog in Sunderland was taped up while it awaited repair

A number of colourful snow dog sculptures have been damaged after being unleashed across Tyne and Wear.

A pack of 61 large and 97 smaller dogs, based on the animated film The Snowman and the Snowdog, make up a free public art trail.

They will be auctioned after the trail closes on 29 November to raise money for the St Oswald's Hospice charity.

Spokeswoman Jane Hogan said several had been taken to the "vets" with substantial damage.

"The vast majority of the damage is people being too enthusiastic and climbing on them," Ms Hogan said.

"Although they are pretty robust and they are varnished, they will only withstand a certain amount of attention, but we do ask people not to climb on them."

Image caption This sculpture, also in Sunderland, suffered damage to the head
Image copyright Blue Reef Tynemouth Aquarium
Image caption A snowdog is not the usual kind of animal to be welcomed at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium
Image copyright David James Wood
Image caption Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens forms part of the trail
Image copyright St Oswald's Hospice
Image caption SAFC Ladies got the chance to meet one of the 1.5m (4.9ft) high snowdogs
Image copyright St Oswald's Hospice
Image caption Visitors to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will come across this sculpture
Image caption Some of the dogs also appear inside shops
Image caption A number of Metro stations have been given temporary names, with Monument becoming Monumutt

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