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Mongrel eyeing oldest dog record

Scruff the mongrel
Scruff is still taken for two walks a day

A mongrel terrier-cross rescued from a Cambridgeshire dog pound more than 19 years ago could be the oldest dog in the world, it has been claimed.

Scruff, who lives with owner Sheila Garner in Leverington, near Wisbech, was estimated by a vet to be about one-and-half-years-old when rescued.

Last week the oldest dog as recognised by the Guinness Book of Records died aged 20 and 11 months.

Ms Garner believes that Wednesday could be Scruff's 21st birthday.

She told BBC News that despite Scruff's longevity, she is still young at heart and is taken for a walk twice a day.

"Everybody loves her, she's got lots of friends," said Ms Garner.

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