Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Dog Is Innocent Says Jose; Missing Pet Was Bought in UK and Is No Rabies Threat Says the Chelsea Manager

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Dog Is Innocent Says Jose; Missing Pet Was Bought in UK and Is No Rabies Threat Says the Chelsea Manager

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JOSE MOURINHO insisted today his dog was in the clear after he was arrested for trying to prevent the family pet being taken away.

The Chelsea boss received a caution for obstructing police who had come to check on the Yorkshire terrier over allegations it was in breach of strict rabies laws after being brought back from Portugal without the correct permits.

His spokesman said today: "Mr Mourinho can confirm he was cautioned by police and released without charge this morning after an incident involving his pet dog.

"The incident occurred after a misunderstanding of documentation required for veterinary regulations.

"Mr Mourinho would like to make it clear his pet dog was bought in England from a reputable breeder and has had all its necessary inoculations.

Full co-operation will be given to the authorities over any animal health issue." But the City of London Corporation, which is responsible for enforcing rabies laws in London, suggested Mr Mourinho and the dog were far from in the clear.

The Corporation released its own statement, in which it said: "Acting on information received from a practising vet, an Animal Health Inspector from the City of London Corporation visited an address in SW1 concerning an alleged offence under the Animal Health Act 1981 and the Rabies Order 1974.

"This is an on-going investigation and our main concern is to find and detain the dog pending our inquiries." A spokeswoman said she did not rule out the possibility that Mourinho could be prosecuted for bringing his dog in illegally.

He was arrested at 10pm at his home in Belgravia and cautionedafter a row with police who wanted to put the dog into quarantine under anti-rabies laws.

In a statement today, the Met said: "At around 8pm officers attended a residential address in SW1, as support to officers from the Animal Health and Welfare Service.

"It was believed the dog had been taken out of the country and reentered in breach of legislation to prevent diseases such as rabies. …

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