Thursday, December 25, 2003

Speaking of Dogs ...

Sad to read in this morning's Hun that one of the Queen's corgis had to be put down after being mauled by Princess Anne's bull terrier Dotty:

Pharos, one of six corgis owned by the Queen, had to be put down after he was savaged by Anne's dog, Dotty – the same animal that mauled two children last year.
Dotty launched the ferocious attack within moments of arriving at Sandringham, the royal family's traditional Christmas retreat in Norfolk.

As the door was opened by a servant, the Queen's corgis raced down the main staircase to greet Anne.

But Dotty, who was not on a lead, went for Pharos, clamping her powerful jaws on one of his back legs.

The report notes that this is not the first time Dotty has been involved in a spot of aggro:

Anne became the first member of the royal family to acquire a criminal record when she was fined $1170 after Dotty bit two boys, aged 7 and 12, in Windsor Great Park.

The children needed hospital treatment and the Princess was charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

She admitted Dotty had been out of control.

The magistrate spared Dotty but warned she would be destroyed if she ever launched a similar attack. He also ordered the bitch be kept on a lead in public until she had received obedience training.

That last sentence makes you wonder, doesn't it?

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