Widow's Yorkshire terrier seized after it tried to bite postwoman

A tiny Yorkshire Terrier has been taken away from his elderly owner after biting a postwoman – even though he only has four teeth.

Ann Anderson has been left distraught after her six-year-old dog Albert was seized from her home in Epsom, Surrey.

The 77-year-old widow claims she has been threatened with arrest for refusing to give up Albert, whose future is uncertain.

Albert the yorkie. See National News story NNTERRIER; A widow is distraught after police took away her best friend, a six-inch tall Yorkshire Terrier, when they received reports he had bitten a postman. Little Albert is now in 'doggy jail' waiting his sentence for allegedly biting the postman, which owner Ann Anderson says is impossible, because he lost most of his teeth. Ann, 77, has lived alone for more than 30 years after losing her husband - until she saved the terrier three years ago. Since then, Ann and 'little Albert' have been inseparable at their home in Epsom, Surrey - until a magistrate ordered the 'dangerous dog' seized.
Tiny Albert has been accused of attacking two people in Epsom (Picture: SWNS)

She said: ‘The little dog likes to sit outside, he lays there on his lead and just watches everything go by.

‘He is just such a character – everybody around here knows him and come to say hello.

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‘Albert has had a difficult life, he has had two previous owners and I saved him, nursed him back to health and had him micro-chipped and vaccinated.

‘When I got him, I noticed his wee teeth kept falling out, I found the little things in the carpet – he only weighed six pounds.’

Action was taken against Albert following claims that he bit two people.

Widow Ann Anderson who had her partially toothless little Yorkshire Terrier Albert 'arrested' by the police after it was alleged it had attacked a post office worker. See National News story NNTERRIER; A widow is distraught after police took away her best friend, a six-inch tall Yorkshire Terrier, when they received reports he had bitten a postman. Little Albert is now in 'doggy jail' waiting his sentence for allegedly biting the postman, which owner Ann Anderson says is impossible, because he lost most of his teeth. Ann, 77, has lived alone for more than 30 years after losing her husband - until she saved the terrier three years ago. Since then, Ann and 'little Albert' have been inseparable at their home in Epsom, Surrey - until a magistrate ordered the 'dangerous dog' seized.
Ann Anderson has been left distraught by her treatment (Picture: SWNS)

He ‘nipped a woman’s ankle’ before biting at a policewoman’s letters, Ann said.

On August 24, a sergeant and two police officers arrived at Ann’s home to seize Albert following a ruling by magistrates.

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They said she had broken her dog control measure, which required Albert to wear a muzzle and be on a lead in public to prevent any further incidents.

She said: ‘The complaint from the postwoman doesn’t make sense, I had Albert on his lead and he just tried to take a letter.

‘He wouldn’t harm anyone, he’s such a happy, sweet little thing – and he’s great around children.

Albert, the Yorkshire Terrier, who has been taken away from his widower owner Ann Anderson, 77, after police received reports that he bit a postman. 10 September 2018. See story NNTERRIER . widow is distraught after police took away her best friend, a six-inch tall Yorkshire Terrier, when they received reports he had bitten a postman. Little Albert is now in 'doggy jail' waiting his sentence for allegedly biting the postman, which owner Ann Anderson says is impossible, because he lost most of his teeth. Ann, 77, has lived alone for more than 30 years after losing her husband - until she saved the terrier three years ago. Since then, Ann and 'little Albert' have been inseparable at their home in Epsom, Surrey - until a magistrate ordered the 'dangerous dog' seized.
Albert’s owner now fears she will never see him again (Picture: SWNS)

‘I’m lost without him, to be honest my nerves are shot and I feel as if I could have a heart attack.’

Surrey Police said they had received ‘several complaints’ about the behaviour of the dog that led to its seizure, adding that Albert would not be ‘destroyed’, but would have to be surrendered and rehomed.

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Ann has since requested the case be taken to court, and Surrey Police is awaiting a court date.

She claimed she hasn’t been allowed to visit Albert at the kennel he was taken – and now fears she will never see him again.

Surrey Police have been contacted for a comment.