DOTTIE IS INNOCENT; It was Anne's bull terrier Florence who savaged the Queen's corgi.
THE dog that killed the Queen's corgi wasn't Dottie - but another of Princess Anne's bull terriers.
Dottie, who has attacked children in the past, was put in the clear by Buckingham Palace. But embarrassingly it means the Princess Royal has two potentially dangerous dogs.
Bull terrier Florence was categorically identified yesterday as responsible for savaging corgi Pharos, who had to be put down.
Royal officials stepped in to finger the animal after the RSPCA, of which the Queen is patron, called for Dottie to be destroyed.
Anne was fined pounds 500 last year for not keeping Dottie under proper control after she went for two boys cycling in Windsor Great Park in Berkshire.
The RSPCA said, believing Dottie had struck again: "It is a rogue dog that has bitten people once and murdered another dog."
Sources have said that the Queen was deeply upset at the loss of cherished Pharos but doesn't blame her daughter.
A source said: "Of course the Queen is upset, but she's not angry with the princess.
"It was an unfortunate thing to happen, but it's not very likely that either dog will be put down."
The attack happened last week as the royals gathered to celebrate Christmas at Sandringham, the Queen's Norfolk estate.
The Queen's corgis and dorgis had been let out by a servant and rushed to greet Anne.
Terrier Florence then viciously bit Pharos, badly injuring the dog's back legs. A vet was called and Pharos had to be destroyed. Royal watchers continued to monitor the situation at the weekend and some reported frostiness between the Queen and Anne.
The Queen is devoted to her many dogs and even regularly hand feeds them scones from the royal kitchens.
After the RSPCA's comments, aides were told to quell speculation about the culprit and name Florence.
The Princess Royal will now be forced to keep both dogs on a tight leash.
The RSPCA said yesterday that all dogs which displayed signs of aggression needed to be controlled through training and watched closely.
A spokesman said: "We can't comment on the Princess Royal's dog because we are not in possession of the full facts.
"But generally owners need to closely monitor their pets and, if they see signs of aggression, they need to find ways of containing them.
"Dogs can be controlled through training and monitored supervision.
"If that doesn't work then they will have to look at other methods and sometimes in severe cases it could mean the dog being put down.
"We cannot comment on individual dogs and so could not advise on what should happen to the Princess Royal's dog."
Voice of the Mirror: Page 6
CALLS: Anne; FALSELY ACCUSED: Dottie could have been locked up and put down but has been cleared of killing a corgi; CHERISHED: Royal corgi; UPSET: Queen
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|Date:||Dec 30, 2003|
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