Boosting turnout at elections has taken a new twist after a family’s eight-year-old dog was invited to vote.
Canines in the constituency don’t usually figure highly during the battle for votes on election day, but Zeus, an ageing Rottweiler cross, has got his paws on a polling card in the run-up to one political dogfight.
He has received an invitation to vote in the forthcoming elections for the European Parliament on May 22.
The card, addressed to “Zeus Hoyle”, dropped through the letterbox of his owner Russell Hoyle’s home in Cheshire Road, Norton, Teesside.
Russell is planning to take his four-legged friend for walkies to the polling station on election day.
He said: “Me and my wife are going to vote and Zeus is coming with us. He has got his voting card.”
Zeus appears distinctly underwhelmed by it all.
His political persuasion is unclear, although his owner hopes he is not a Tory.
Asked how he planned to vote, Zeus let out what appeared to be a big yawn.
Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette 14 April 2014