Labour Leaflets Lead to Canine Teeth Terror

4th April 2019

Labour campaigners across Merseyside have been thrown into turmoil by news that their leaflets are a major health hazard to pets. There have been calls by dog owners for all Labour leflet delivery to cease until the dangerous materials have been excluded.

A fuming Wirral family say their dog could have been killed after it chewed up part of a recent Labour campaign leaflet, which they say caused their dog’s jaws to become glued together.

Jack Russell Terrier Eddie had to be taken as an emergency to the vets after chewing up the corner of a Labour Party flyer which dropped through a Birkenhead letter box. Eddie’s owner Tom Ollerhead is now calling for the Labour Party to investigate the way their propaganda is made “before it’s too late”.

Labour frequently employs printers based many miles from Merseyside and there are worries that cheap chemicals have created a risk to canine health, It is not known whether domestic cats and rabbits would be similarly affected.

Tom Otterhead says: “It cost me £143 for the vet bill as it was an emergency case.This could have been very serious if the dog had been on his own.”

The Labour leaflet was delivered to the  home of Tom’s daughter’s fiancé Chris on March 15th, when he was looking after Eddie.

This week, Mr Ollerhead, 59, who lives nearby, said: “Within seconds of them putting it through our door the dog had bitten a bit off, and it turned into papier mache in his mouth. Within a few minutes, the dog was unable to open his mouth. He was extremely distressed, as was my wife and my daughter.”

“It wasn’t a massive piece of paper, but it might have taken all his teeth out. Dogs need to pant. That’s what cools them down – and he couldn’t.”

12-year-old Eddie was anaesthetised for emergency treatment, and the paper and glue was surgically removed. 

a relieved Mr Ollerhead added: “Our dog made a full recovery, however we were lucky because we reacted so quickly. Can you imagine how distressed the dog would have been had there been no one else in the house at the time? He was concerned about the dangers posed by the unsolicited Labour literature.

“The information was not requested so the least [the party] could do is ensure it is safe.”

A Labour official Mr Otterhead spoke with has told him the matter would be investigated. 

“They need to look into this and start using other materials to make their leaflets with.” he said