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Have you heard the story of the two overexcited dogs, one British and one American? The British dog, belonging to the daughter of the Queen of England, takes it upon itself to attack and bite two children playing in the Windsor Great Park. The American animal, a trained police dog, also bites two members of the public in a fit of canine irrational exuberance. But in the American case, the bitten individuals are burglars who have just been apprehended and, at the time of attack, are handcuffed

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