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Man spared jail over sex with dog

A father of three who had sex with his ex-wife's bull mastiff dog was spared a prison sentence today.

Main jailed after neglected dog was forced to survive by eating other pet's remains

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Royalty dogs might have an exceptional lifestyle, but they can be a bit aggressive after all

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