He­sel­tine: I did not kill mum’s dog

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BREAST WORLD: View­ers get four min­utes of orgy ac­tion FOR­MER deputy prime min­is­ter Lord He­sel­tine has de­nied killing his mother’s dog.

The Tory faced a back­lash af­ter telling a so­ci­ety mag­a­zine he had pulled the Al­sa­tian’s col­lar tight and it had gone limp.

But yes­ter­day the peer in­sisted Kim the pet dog was still alive af­ter the in­ci­dent and was put down the fol­low­ing day by a vet be­cause of its vi­o­lent out­burst.

He said: “I didn’t stran­gle the dog. They have mis­un­der­stood.”

In an in­ter­view with Tatler, Lord He­sel­tine said the pet “had some sort of men­tal break­down”.

“I went to stroke him and he started bit­ing me. If you have a dog that turns, you just can­not risk it.

“So I took Kim’s col­lar – a short of choker chain – and pulled it tight.

“Sud­denly he went limp.

“I was de­voted to Kim, but he’d ob­vi­ously had some sort of men­tal break­down.”

The for­mer Cab­i­net min­is­ter said the story had been mis­in­ter­preted.

He said: “The dog was per­fectly all right af­ter this in­ci­dent.”

The next day the peer, whose wife was preg­nant at the time, took the dog to the vet, who told him he “had no choice but to have the dog put down” be­cause it was dan­ger­ous.

It comes af­ter Lord He­sel­tine – nick­named Tarzan – claimed to have shot dead 350 grey squir­rels in six months.

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