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Great Dane thought to be biggest dog in England dies
Tiny with his owner Iain Newby
Larger-than-life Tiny easily dwarfed his owner of seven years, Iain Newby

A Harlequin Great Dane believed to be the biggest dog in England has died.

'Tiny', who measured 7ft 3in when stood on his hind legs and weighed 17 stone, passed away at his Great Wakering home at the age of 10.

Having only weighed little over three stone when he was rescued at the age of three, he went on to gain national exposure due to his extraordinary size.

"He was a gentle giant and is going to be sorely missed by so many people," Tiny's owner Iain Newby told BBC Essex.

"We've had so many calls of condolences because everyone who met him fell in love with him.

"We are still numb at the moment and still trying to get over it."

Having spent the first few years of his life being mistreated and locked in a car, Tiny was rescued by the Great Dane Adoption Society and then adopted by Iain and his family, with whom he lived with for seven years.

"He didn't have a very good start, so to reach 10-years-old is good," said Iain.

Iain, who runs the Dangerous Wild Animals Rescue Facility in Great Wakering, explained how in those early few years Tiny quickly built up a big appetite.

"Tiny was a glutton to his tummy," he said.

Tiny aged three after he had been rescued
When Tiny was rescued he only weighed three-and-a-half stone

"My wife used to get up in the morning and roast four chickens and then through the course of the day take the meat off the bone and mix it with either rice or pasta which was one meal.

"He'd have four of those each day."

Tiny grew to such a size that he ended up having his own room in the Newby family home.

"We had to. We've got young children and he was a bit clumsy and sometimes would turn around and the children would go flying. Not with malice, but by accident," said Iain.

"So our dining room turned into Tiny's room."

Iain estimated that over the seven years Tiny worked his way through five settees and around 10 mattresses.

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