Friday, November 20, 1998 Published at 05:47 GMT
Rough justice for Woofie
Brigitte Bardot has become known for her animal defence campaign
Judges in Edinburgh will decide on Friday whether to overturn a court's decision to destroy a pet dog called Woofie for barking at a postman.
Woofie's destruction was ordered in September under the UK's Dangerous Dogs Act. But her owners, Terry and Anne Swankie, from Peterhead, have appealed against the decision.
At the resulting court case, the local sheriff ordered the dog to be destroyed prompting a wave of public sympathy in Scotland.
Tabloid newspapers rushed to the dog's defence. Letters of protest arrived at the courthouse in Peterhead and demonstrators made their feelings known outside the Edinburgh court where Woofie's fate will be decided.
Woofie's owners say they would be happy to hand their pet over to Ms Bardot if it was the only way to save her.
They claim the dog is a docile family pet which - despite her bark - has never harmed anyone.
Critics, however, say the dog's real name is Woolfie suggesting she may not be as loveable as she is portrayed.
So far, neither the postman at the centre of the row nor his employers have commented on the case.
Inside a dog's mind
Staff have been studying dogs for 10 years and now want to consolidate their work, which includes looking at wild dogs such wolves, dingos and jackals, as well as domestic pets.
The centre also offers advice to owners of aggressive pets.