Further proof, were it needed, that Britain has degenerated from a fun-loving democratic paradise to a yob-ravaged land in which decorated war veterans collect their pensions in armoured vehicles for fear they might fall prey to alcopop-crazed happyslapping hoodies comes today from Fulham, where "sick yobs" found a novel way to …
"American Pitbull"....."defenceless animal"
I am not seeing how these two go together?
Why does it paint the Precious?
Poor dog is distressed...
...by being called "precious"! How can the Bulldog-in-the-street stand with head high with a name like that? Poor pooch.
Still, I hope that they catch these yobs and let the owner graffitti THEM.
Tolkien references? Not I
Well there's Precious little I can add to this sad Tail. The yoof of today are just animals. To pick on Precious, Precious is just inhuman. This country has gone to the dogs !
Stop the madness we don't wantsis it does we Precious ?
Damn, nearly made it. Have my coat on already.
Defenceless does sound strange but consider, if the dog had chomped on the hand of the scumbag doing this it would have been destroyed by now..
Maybe just as well that the mutt decided not to.
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Is it just me or does this story sound like it came straight from the mind of Chris Morris...?
And now Alan Partridge with the sport...
Ok - im not normally one to use icons...
Its an american Bulldog NOT a pitbull. I have 2 American Bulldogs and they have a lovely non violent nature. Unless your a postman.
I bet your house smells like a meadow ey love!!! Bloody hell!
Moneys on it being some questionable kids, or else what kind of deranged yobo carrys a pink pen round with him?
Lets hope he/she catches cancer some time soon.
Perhaps she should seek help from this K9.
If it was a male dog it would have been considered normal for it to have its bollocks cut off.
A bit of makeup on a lady dog seems quite tame in comparison.
More a toddler with a felt tip pen
As i see the marks on the dog, this is more the effect of a toddler with a felt tip pen, than the result of a teeneager artirstry. Of course, the dog would have been happy to let a little child paint him ( or suffer him), and it wouldn't even moved, unless it felt pain. The case is different should a young person apporach it.
Proof! If proof be need be, that UK no longer stands for United Kingdom, rather Unstoppable Krimewave.
@Anon Coward - They perps would have been screwed if Precious had been one of those IRA bomb dogs.
My friend's Dorsets would have taken their arms off :-)
This is outrageous
And the toddler who committed it should be locked up immediately.
I suppose I can only be grateful my cat didn't haul me in front of the magistrate because one of my children decided to colour him red one afternoon. The cat apparently didn't even wake up while this was happening.
Traumatised, my aunt Fanny. It even purred.
She is lucky
If a dog was left on its own outside a shop in North London it would have been stolen in less than ten minutes.
Even if it was a toddler, where the hell was the parent(s), and if there, why did they not stop said child before the poor mutt had been given a complete repaint??? Whoever did this of whatever age there's no excuse; someone must have been there with sufficient (ir)resposibility to have stopped this happening if they had any kind of social conscience about them
It's only a dog
I think it's an improvement. There's probably a market for this kind of dog customisation. Instead of whining about her dog being defaced she should be talking to the bank about a loan to buy a salon and a load of felt tips.
Try that on my cat and see how many fingers you have left afterwards.
The perils of an overly nice nature.
Still, hanging's to good*, and all that. Bastards.
*consider that (yet another) icon request :-)
Pimp my Precious
Bling my Bulldog
Chill my crazee canine
So who cares exactly? If the owner was pathetic enough to own a dog in the first place then they should be thankful for the improvement made to the ugly mutt by these great kids.
I mean really, dog owners are just so lame. It is only a shame that these great kids did not doodle all over the owner as well.
I'm going to hell...
I haven't stopped laughing for 10 minutes. I know, I know... inexcusable. But really... it does look a child's daubings on some wallpaper. I was expecting tags or at the very least a primary school-like penis motif.
@Coward - your Gollum-esque comment has had people in the office staring at me strangely.
...tagged a cow and it was deemed art.
perhaps Precious' owner should be looking into flogging her much-loved mutt?
RE: It's only a dog
Indeed. It probably doesn't even know that it is covered in marker pen, much less care.
>> Chief veterinary officer Steve Cheetham said yesterday: “This would have caused Precious distress.”
WTF are they smoking down at the RSPCA?
>> “It will take me ages to get it all out.”
So rather than leave it to fade naturally over the course of a few weeks, she plans to scrub it clean? That will cause a lot more distress than covering it in marker pen (as anyone who has ever tried bathing a dog will tell you - let alone scrubing one).
>> “Whoever did this is sick...
>> “The moment I saw her I fell in love and had to have her.
>> “She is my baby...
Somebody is clearly sick.
@ Ex Pat
Sorry, pathetic enough to own a dog? how about "stupid enough to live in a flat" or "daft enough to learn to drive"??
Methinks you have a slightly blinkered outlook on life meladdo...I love my dog to bits, and I don't think I am:
a) lame, or
hows about we send the pikey twats to your house to doodle on your plasma tv/car/wife/kids/door and see how you like it?
and even if you have no love for animals, surely the fact that some idiot has seen fit to cause someone (the owner, I'm sure the dog didn't give a toss) so much distress is enough to make you shake your head and wonder WTF?!?
no trolls were harmed in the making of this rant
@The Other Steve
Maybe not a 'Hanging's to(sic) good icon!' but a 'Grammarnazi' one?
*Enters shelter to wait out expected fallout*
Love your dog? Oh dear, the sad gits seem to have arrived. I would not be surprised if you put your tongue in it's mouth in search of reciprocal love.
These are really gentle beasts, most often. They've been bred to remove some of the problems that the classic English bulldogs have with energy, breathing, and bone structure. They're large, cuddly, family-friendly beasties - The lady across the street from me breeds them, and I find them to be entirely charming.
Most likely, Precious was quite happy for the attention, and could care less about the markings. I'm betting she waggled right up to the vandals. OK, I can see *some* distress on the owner's part, but really - Isn't this a bit much? Personally, I'd have been annoyed, but hardly more than that. As other's have noted, a toddler with a marker could hardly have done more, and it's not that big a deal.
Mobile art platform.
Err... dogs aren't things, if anyone cares
If I may make my first post, I live in the area and believe I have met this lady and her pooch twice. The dog was very sweet but very, very wary. The owner's explanation of prior abuse seemed sadly believable. Some here have suggested that being graffiti'd would probably not upset it; I am pretty sure it would, and plenty. Does anyone get the impression of a happy animal from the photos?
Why it didn't take the arm off the twat I don't know but as somebody else has pointed out, if it had it would probably be dead in a day or two for the crime of defending itself.
Which leads me to another point, re fighting dogs: we take an animal species with known aggression, breed it for plenty of body muscle, a pair of jaws from hell and even more temper, choose to keep it around us -- and then are simply stunned when one occasionally does exactly what was designed to do. And then we kill it.
To the chap above ^^
Don't use the word 'we' so liberally. I wouldn't condone allowing people to own these dogs and am all for hosing them if they attack someone.
My next-door neighbour lets his dog out at midnight and beyond sometimes and I have to listen to it barking. While he's probably the minority, he's a great example of why dogs should be 'uninvented'. Along with guns, I suppose.
'If a dog was left on its own outside a shop in North London it would have been stolen in less than ten minutes.'
Either that or up on bricks with the ears smashed in.
'My friend's Dorsets would have taken their arms off :-)'
Dorsets? That's a euphamism isn't it?
Bugger, I keep doing that. Thank's so much for pointing it out.
@ Ex Pat
don't knock inter-species erotica :D or are you jealous of my poochy love?
BTW its a 4 year old german shephard, so i'd like to see anyone try to stick their tongue in his mouth :P
@ Anonymous Coward
So dog's aren't "things" then? In that case they must be people?? I'm confused.
Apropos Mike Richards:
...you wrote @Chewy
" 'My friend's Dorsets would have taken their arms off :-)'
Dorsets? That's a euphamism isn't it? "
No. If it had been a euphemism, Chewy would have said:
> My friend's arms would have taken their Dorsets off.
Why do they have to put the nasty doggies down?
Can't they just remove their teeth? After all, you don't need them to eat dog food, just ask any pensioner...
(With thanks to The Mary Whitehouse Experience, I think)
I'm guessing Lester hadn't read Lewis Page when he posted this.
No, I don't think I should take the blame if El Reg's server crashes in the next 5 seconds.
Now what have you done with my giant pink poodle?
It must be a quiet news day at that bastion of truth and accuracy - The Sun.
They had Pens, OMG
I think we can rule out Pikeys, Chav's and Yoofs, For a start when was the last time you saw one with a Pen or even know how to hold one.
Oh yea right it is all that practice filling in claim forms and benefit stubs.
all very suspicious...
i think weve established this a a girls pink pen - and that the owner had some shopping to do - i put it to the jury that the owner ran out of paper in her notepad and wrote her shpping list on the dog. clearly the dog wasnt to pleased with the idea, hence the illedgibility. what better way to cover her tracks than to leave it unattended for 10 minutes - genius!
and - did the owner actually purchase anything from shop?
there are so many questions
Let the punishment fit the crime
Judging from the photos, the perpetrators should be sentenced to maybe 20 hours of community service and 100 hours of art instruction.
"Maybe not a 'Hanging's to(sic) good icon!' but a 'Grammarnazi' one?"
Excellent - red background, white circle, four large black apostrophes arranged in rotation :)
Sounds like a huge shoe.... almost like it would be too big to fit in a shop of some description