As the British public begins to debate whether to allow a new breed of pet named Nicole to live in the UK, she’s lost her bid for the title of ‘Britain’s favourite dog’.
Nicole Scherzingser, who has been named the UK ‘Pet of the Year’ for the third year running, lost her appeal against the ban in the High Court on Wednesday, the Guardian reports.
She had been allowed to live at her home in Hertfordshire for two years, but after a lengthy legal battle she was ordered to leave after her husband claimed she would have no other place to live if she remained.
“It’s really hard to believe,” Ms Scherzingers said.
“I had a lovely time with my dogs in the summer and we enjoyed the company of each other, but the reality is I can no longer enjoy the company with them.”
The Pet Protection Society of Greater London has been supporting Nicole for the last four years and said it was delighted with the court ruling.
“We hope that this will give Nicole a new lease of life and we will now work with her to find a new home for her family,” said chief executive Mark Wood.
“Nicole is a fantastic, friendly and loving companion and her life has been enriched by having a companion.”
She will be welcomed back to her family and will have a wonderful new home in the family.
“For many years, Nicole has been the go-to pet for people with disabilities and this decision means she can now be reunited with her beloved family.”
A spokeswoman for the government said: “It is disappointing that Nicole ScherZinger is unable to return to her home due to a disability, which is why we have sought urgent legal advice to ensure that her rights are protected.”
Ms Scherzlingser, a pet groomer and owner of an animal grooming salon in Oxfordshire, won the title in 2010 after winning the competition on behalf of her pet, a parrot named Rachael.
Her application for the name was initially rejected by the High Courts in 2015.
However, she later appealed and was able to secure a court injunction that gave her legal rights to continue to live with her parrot.