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Joe, film star and pet, put down after pit bull attack.

ANNETTE CROSBIE Annette Crosbie, OBE (born 12 February, 1934) is a Scottish character actress, best known for her many television appearances.

She was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress.
 has been left upset and angry after the greyhound, Joe, she arranged to appear in the hit film Calendar Girls, had to be put down following an attack last month by a pit bull terrier pit bull terrier
 or Staffordshire terrier

Dog breed developed in 19th-century Britain for fighting other dogs in pits. It was created by crossing the bulldog (which at the time was longer-legged and more agile) with a terrier, possibly the fox terrier.
 in a Bradford park.

Joe appeared as Jessie in the film. Before it he had been in search of a home.

Ms Crosbie, president of the League Against Cruel Sports The League Against Cruel Sports (sometimes abbreviated to LACS) is an animal welfare organisation that campaigns against blood sports such as bull fighting, fox hunting and hare coursing. , said: "I am very upset and angered by what has happened. I chose this greyhound from a kennel in Sowerby Bridge and he was fantastic. He played my dog in the film and he was so laid-back and gentle, an absolute delight to work with.

"As a result of being in the film he was chosen by Derrick Hartley who adopted him. I have spoken to Mr Hartley who told me what happened. I was shocked and upset and, needless to say, he is utterly devastated by his dog's death. It ruined his Christmas and he is only now beginning to pick up the pieces of his life. It was a very traumatic incident indeed.

"Nothing made him jump on set while we were filming and he was a lovely dog to work with. He was so gentle and sweet. For a pit bull terrier to be out without a muzzle and allowed to run around a park is against the law and someone should be prosecuted for this," she said.

Hartley, who had the dog for about 14 months and named him Joe, told the Yorkshire Post The Yorkshire Post is a daily broadsheet newspaper, published in Leeds, England by Yorkshire Post Newspapers.

The paper was founded in 1754, as the Leedes Intelligencer, making it one of Britain's first daily newspapers.
: "It is absolutely devastating. Joe was attacked and had a massive hole in his body with his insides hanging out.

"The three lads who were with the pit bull were just laughing and then ran away. He was a smashing dog with not an ounce of malice in him. I can't believe this has happened."

Anne Holmes, on behalf of the League Against Cruel Sports, said: "I'd say this is a double tragedy. This greyhound beat the odds to emerge from a racing career into a home with a loving family. With 10,000 greyhounds retiring each year and only 2,000 officially rehomed, this is not the case for the majority."


Annette Crosbie and Joe In happier times
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2004
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