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Couple says their dog is world's oldest

May 22, 2008 at 5:27 PM

CHESTERFIELD, England, May 22 (UPI) -- A British couple says their Labrador Retriever is the oldest dog in the world and has been alive for at least 29 years.

David Richardson, 76, said he picked up the canine, Bella, from an animal shelter in about 1982, at least three years after she was born, The Telegraph reported Thursday.

Richardson's claims make Bella an astonishing 200-years old in dog years.

"I'm convinced she is the oldest dog in the world," Richardson said.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it cannot find documentation about Bella which is required by the Guinness World Records to confirm a claim.

"Unless we can (obtain) a doggy birth certificate or some really clear evidence from the RSPCA then we won't be able to prove Bella's age and we can't list her as the oldest dog," Guinness manager Gareth Deaves said.

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