Meet the pets getting political this general election

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

General election day has arrived just in time for Christmas and voters have been heading to the polls – with many taking some festive four-legged friends with them.

The #dogsatpollingstations hashtag has been an increasingly prominent feature of elections in recent years as people pepper social media with pups to add a touch of light relief on polling day.

Whether its a Christmas jumper-clad canine exercising its "dog-mocratic" right or a pony playing politics, the nation of animal-lovers is having a field day sharing pictures of their pets at polling stations.

Here are some of our favourites...


Santa Paws delivering democracy

Millie braved the rain to "have her bark heard".


The most wonderful time fo the year for this smiley pup

#dogsatpollingstations has been trending on Twitter throughout the day - and you can see why.


But polling stations are not just for pooches...

This Christmas donkey was spotted in Cumbria.


Bailey seems unsure about the festive fashion

Worthy of the cover of "Dogue"?


Larry the Cat was not pictured at the polls but was still "feline" political

The famous Number 10 cat encouraged the nation to get out and vote - dispite not having made an appearance himself.


Ron the dog seemed very happy to have his say


General equestrian 2019?

These patient ponies waited for their riders as they cast their vote at The Rock Inn pub, being used as a polling station in Chiddingstone Hoath.


Some hard working guide dogs helping out

Some faithful companions making voting more accessible for their owners.


A good turnout in Dulwich

This is Britain's third general election in five years. Polls opened at 7am this mornign and will close at 10pm tonight.

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