The things people will do to sell a book.
While plugging his new tome ‘Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden’, Tory peer Lord Heseltine has confessed to throttling his mother’s pet dog.
Heseltine: I strangled a dog. The Day Today lives! pic.twitter.com/xBbqkI71oE
— Tony Grew (@ayestotheright) November 1, 2016
In an interview with Tatler magazine, the ex-deputy prime minister, 83, said he had gripped the dog, Kim, by his “choker chain – and pulled it tight” until “he went limp”, after the pet had had “some kind of mental breakdown”.
A rumour that Heseltine had murdered a dog circulated in the 1990s but it melted away in parallel with his political career.
When speaking to Tatler, he was asked about it again.
He replied: “Ah, I can tell you what that was. That was my mother’s Alsatian, Kim. I went to stroke him and he started biting me, [pointing to his body] here and here.”
He said: “If you have a dog that turns, you just cannot risk it. So I took Kim’s collar – a sort of choker chain – and pulled it tight. Suddenly he went limp
“I was devoted to Kim, but he’d obviously had some sort of mental breakdown. There was no choice.”
Tatler reports Lord Heseltine’s wife, Lady Heseltine, added: “Beautiful dog. Huge, with a great thick coat.”
An RSPCA spokesman said it “can only investigate and prosecute summary-only offences – like those under the Animal Welfare Act – within three years of that alleged offence being committed”.
“Therefore, in this instance, we are not able to look any further into this matter,” he said.
Heseltine has today sought to clarify that Kim did not die at his hands.
Regardless, the man nicknamed “Tarzan” has form when it comes to killing things.
He is widely regarded as the man responsible for knifing Margaret Thatcher, ultimately terminating her premiership after 11 years on November 22, 1990.