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Dogs rock bows and rosettes at polling stations on election day

The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has become a highlight of election days for animal lovers on social media.

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Dogs have appeared at polling stations wearing bows, rosettes and colourful leads as the public go to vote in the General Election.

The hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has become a highlight of election days for animal lovers on social media as people share photos of themselves exercising their pets and democratic rights at the same time.

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Cockapoo Clyde in St Neots (@PhilSV4/X/PA)

Mike Birtwistle, 46, took Reggie, a cavalier King Charles spaniel, to the polling station at Alexandra Park Library in north London at around 7.05am.

Reggie wore a red rosette with a “vote Labour” sticker on it as he posed for a photo.

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Mike Birtwistle’s dog Reggie outside a polling station (Mike Birtwistle/PA)

He added Reggie was “very excited” to head to the polling station and has accompanied him to vote in the past.

“I don’t think he’s been on a successful election side, so hopefully this will be the first one where his choice of party actually wins,” he added.

A dog sitting next to a polling station sign
Sproodle Teddy outside a polling station in Taunton (@annie_rebeccaaa/X/PA)

Helen Montague, 44, took her dog Heston, who she said is her “best friend”, with her to vote at Marden polling station in Kent at 7am on the dot.

A dog standing on grass in front of a polling station sign
Helen Montague’s dog Heston outside Marden polling station in Kent (Helen Montague/PA)

The Boston terrier wore a red bow as he is a fan of the accessory and was “very excited” to accompany his owner to vote, she added.

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Mabel, a mixed breed rescue dog from Romania, at Nether Broughton polling station (Annette Wade-Clarke/PA)

She said if Heston could share a message about election day, it would be: “Please don’t forget your ID and please don’t forget to bring snacks for your dog at the polling station.”

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