A dog owner whose pet Rottweiler was sent a voting card is being investigated by police.
Russell Hoyle, from Norton, Teesside, is alleged to have provided false information to the electoral register after his pet Zeus was issued with a card.
Stockton Borough Council has informed Cleveland Police and the force confirmed an inquiry has begun.
Cleveland Police said it had received information from the council's Deomcratic Services department and an investigation had begun.
A dog owner whose Rottweiler was sent a voting card has been told his pet's details has been removed from the electoral roll.
Security guard Russell Hoyle's pet Zeus received his call to vote in the European elections earlier this month after a mix-up over who lived at the address.
A spokesperson for Stockton Council said:
– Stockton Council
“Though we appreciate that registering a dog to vote might seem amusing it is an offence to provide false information on an electoral registration form and we are obliged to refer cases like this to the police.
“It is the householders’ responsibility to make sure that all details provided on the form are accurate and they must also sign a declaration at the bottom of the form confirming that this is the case.”
He is scared of fat cats but likes to chew things over before he makes any big decisions.
Zeus the Rottweiler was issued with a polling card, giving him the right to vote in May's European elections. We asked his owner Russell Hoyle, from Norton on Teesside, about his pet's political leanings.
He is 63 in dog years, well over the eligible age to vote, although unfortunately not the right species. Nonetheless, the Hoyle family's pet Rottweiler, called Zeus, was issued a polling card for the European elections.
His owner Russell explained how it happened: