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Barney the stray's diet of lingerie

Staffordshire bull terrier Barney is in the dog house this Christmas for indulging in an unsavoury appetite for women's underwear.

The nine-month-old stray, a new resident of Battersea Dogs Home, has amazed his keepers by digesting three pairs of pants - including a rather risque black thong.

Vets were astounded when Barney deposited the first piece of lingerie during a stroll in the park on his second day at the home - having swallowed it whole and passed it through his digestive system completely intact.

An X-ray of the dog revealed two further pairs - larger, black-cotton numbers, which were excreted over the next week. The origin of Barney's lacy diet are a complete mystery, the home said.

Sam Barley, a veterinary surgeon at Battersea, said: 'We thought we'd seen it all at Battersea, but clearly not.

"Who knows how Barney came to swallow so many pairs of pants. It will remain his secret but this little puppy is clearly a bit of a scavenger and we'll be advising his new owners to keep him well away from the laundry basket and the washing line.

"Luckily for Barney he seems to have coped remarkably well."

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