Penny puts her best paw forward at Crufts

An owner walks with a Portuguese Water Dog

An intruder in the showring was wrestled to the ground by security officers after the victor was announced.

Katy Jubbs said: "The way that woman went to protect her dog when she saw that intruder run on has made my year".

This protester was carried off by security guards as crowds applauded his removalHow is Best in Show victor Tease doing after the scare? He was pointing at me before I looked up.

"It's a beauty pageant and I think we can pretty much understand that that's wrong".

The two protesters were from animal rights group Peta, who posted an image of them on their official UK Twitter account.

Yvette Short, from Edinburgh, grabbed two-year-old whippet Tease as the protesters were wrestled to the ground amid boos from the audience.

Tease was up against a Pointer, which took Reserve Best in Show, Newfoundland, a Border Collie, a Papillon, an Akita and a Scottish Terrier in the iconic final.

The man and woman were quickly chased down and tackled by security before being led away to huge applause from the crowd.

Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) later tweeted the footage, where it described Crufts as "canine eugenics", and said the activists were protesting 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.

It marked an even more successful year for the pair, who triumphed in the Best of Breed category in 2017 and was reserve best in group for the Hound dogs.

According to a Crufts spokesman, PETA activists gained unauthorised access to the ring in the main arena.

Crufts and the NEC have said they will urgently review security measures.



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