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Face-lift champ out of doghouse.

CRUFT'S Supreme Champion has kept his title after he was cleared of having a secret face-lift.

Show chiefs were tipped off about Danny the Pekinese's hush-hush op by rivals who claimed it had given him an unfair advantage.

But owners Bert Easdon and Philip Martin denied doing anything wrong and said the surgery was simply to treat a throat infection.

Now, three weeks after the Kennel Club launched an official probe, it has admitted that it had been barking up the wrong tree and the pooch is now in the clear.

Last month Danny, whose show name is Dangerous Liaisons, beat off 22,000 rivals to be named Best in Show at Crufts at Birmingham's NEC.

Days later the Kennel Club received an anonymous tip-off alleging that the three-year-old dog had undergone a secret face-lift.

Strict rules stipulate that any dog undergoing treatment which may alter their appearance faces a ban from competition unless owners supply a vet's report.

Mr Easdon and Mr Martin claimed the surgery was necessary to correct a throat problem and had not affected Danny's looks.

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 20, 2003
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