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Otto the world's 'oldest dog' is put to sleep


Otto was named the oldest living dog by Guinness World Records in October

A dog from Shropshire who was crowned the world's oldest canine has been put to sleep after suffering from stomach cancer.

Otto, a Dachshund terrier cross from Reabrook, Shrewsbury, was 20 years and 11 months old.

He was recognised as the oldest living dog by Guinness World Records in October and enjoyed playing ball with neighbours' children until recently.

His owners Lynn and Peter Jones said he was a "loveable, affectionate rogue".

'Had enough'

Mrs Jones, who has had Otto since he was six months old, said she had been crying all day.

"We found out yesterday he had a very large tumour in his stomach and last night I felt he was trying to tell us something.

"He couldn't sit or lie down comfortably and he was trying to tell us that he'd had enough, so we made the decision to end his suffering and took him to the vet this morning," she said.

She added that she felt like she had lost her right arm.

Many tributes have since been added to Otto's Facebook page.

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Sky News World's Oldest Dog To Be Cremated - 18 hrs ago
Shropshire Star Upset after Otto death - 28 hrs ago
Jarrow & Hebburn Gazette World's oldest dog dies - 36 hrs ago
Daily Record World's oldest dog dies of cancer aged 20 - 41 hrs ago
The Scotsman Otto, the world's oldest dog, dies aged 20 - 45 hrs ago

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