A puppy that was flushed down the toilet by a four-year-old was successfully rescued by a drain cleaning firm yesterday. The puppy was located using sophisticated CCTV equipment and then dragged from the sewer pipe along the street.
The RSPCA has responded by suggesting the accident was the fault of Andrex who advertise their toilet tissue using a puppy similar to the one that was flushed. A representative of the animal welfare organisation said that the adverts had created a link in the child's mind between toilet tissue and puppies.
"It's about time advertisers realised the harm they are doing by using cute animals in their campaigns," the RSPCA officer told reporters. "For years we have seen chimps forced to ride bikes and move furniture, sheepdogs used for painting and polar bears made to stand for hours on giant mints. It's only a matter of time before children start biting the heads off penguins."
The RSPCA also advised pet owners to take out insurance to cover accidents and vet bills arising from child-inflicted damage. They said "You can find suitable policies on that website run by meerkats."