Tease wins Crufts amid protest at the NEC

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He appeared to be carrying a sign but was quickly picked up off the ground and hauled away.

"We are not sure what we are going to do with the dog yet as she's only two-and-a-half, so we'll see when we get home".

That made it a Crufts to remember for her 61-year-old owner Janis, of Chadderton, who joined thousands of other canine lovers in descending on the West Midlands for 127 edition of the world's largest dog show.

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The Best in Show award was the culmination of Crufts, a four-day event which attracted nearly 21,000 competitors.

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A Crufts spokesman said the hugely irresponsible stunt had scared the dogs and put their safety at risk.

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Animal rights organisation Peta has slammed dog show Crufts as a "freak show" which celebrates "everything that is wrong with dog breeding".

Ms Short had just proudly stepped up to the podium with her Best In Show victor when the commotion unfolded.

Crufts and the NEC said security would be reviewed as "a matter of urgency".

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"Our main priority at the moment is the wellbeing of the dogs that were in the ring, who are looked after by their owners and show officials".

Campaigners for animal rights, said to be from Peta, entered the Crufts arena as the top prize was about to be awarded in protest against "extreme breeding".

The group confirmed there were two intruders at the event, and named them both as members of the Vegan Strike Group, which bills itself as fighters against animal abuse.

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