A LIGHTHEARTED dog sign which had been displayed on a garden gate for over 30 years must be removed because, according to police, it is ‘distressing, offensive and inappropriate’.
Pensioner Mrs Jean Grove’s late husband Gordon erected the sign reading ‘Our dogs are fed on Jehovah's Witnesses’ after members of the Church knocked on their door on Christmas Day 1974.
Ironically, a spokesman for the Jehovah's Witness movement in Hampshire accepted that the sign was a joke, commenting ‘If we see signs like that we turn around and walk away. If they were naming individuals, then obviously that would be deeply offensive, but a sign like that is just stupid rather than deeply hurtful.’
‘It was just a bit of a lark,’ said Mrs Groves, pointing out that the only dog she had now was a Jack Russell pup called Rabbit, which was too small to savage callers of any religion.