A County Durham dog café has announced its closure, leaving dog owners and loyal customers devastated.

The Paws for 5 cafè in Seaham will finish trading on November 1 after more than five years as a big name in the town and among dog owners.

The cafe, which is on Marlborough, and describes itself as a "canine café " serves up food and drink for adults and dogs.

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The closure comes as dozens of businesses across the North East and North Yorkshire have taken to social media to announce their closure in recent weeks.

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Many have blamed soaring energy bills and supply costs as the cost of living crisis continues to bite across the region.

But paying tribute to its "wonderful" customers over the years on Friday (October 21), Paws for 5 said: "It is with a heavy heart that I write this message.

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"Paws for 5 opened in 2017, over the years I have met some wonderful people and more importantly some brilliant dogs and you all have a special place in my heart.

"However, due to the current economic climate and the huge rise in costs, I have taken the very difficult decision to close the cafe and retire early.

"The last day of business will be on November 1 and I hope to see you all between now and then to say goodbye."

The emotional statement added: "Thank you to every single one of you who have supported me over the years."

On social media, many paid tribute to the café, describing the news as "sad" for dog lovers and the town, but wished the owner a happy retirement.

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