IT'S a flying start for racing dog Jeebs as he leaps into action in support of the tsunami appeal.

Jeebs was among more than 50 dogs entered for a series of races as owners turned out in force to support Westhoughton Whippet and Dog Racing Club's meeting in aid of the appeal fund.

Dogs from all over the North-west competed in the club's fun meeting at the Bolton and Westhoughton Greyhound Stadium.

By the end of the afternoon, £345 was raised and there have been further pledges of cash from other dog owners.

"We are delighted with the response," said club treasurer Jacqui Glover. "We may do something else in the summer and find another charity to support."

The club meets each Thursday evening at the track in Wigan Road, Westhoughton, and is hoping to encourage more people to become interested in the sport. Anyone who wants more information can contact Jacqui on 07904 377568.