January 24th, 2009

Former French President Jacques Chirac mauled by his clinically depressed white Maltese, Sumo

From http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2009/01/22/when_presidential_dogs_attack_an_fp_rundown:
The vicious beast, seen here in 2007 with Chirac's wife, Bernadette, had become increasingly prone to unprovoked violence over the years and was taking antidepressants. Chirac was treated at a hospital for bites and is expected not to have permanent scars.
The Daily Mail adds:
The former president, who ruled France for 12 years until 2007, was taken to hospital in Paris where he was treated as an outpatient and sent home, VSD magazine reported.

Mrs Chirac said: 'The dog went for him for no apparent reason.

'We were already aware the animal was unpredictable and is actually being treated with pills for depression.

'My husband was bitten quite badly, but he is certain to make a full recovery over the coming weeks.'

The former French First Lady did not reveal where on his body Chirac was bitten.
The Telegraph adds:
While the once prodigiously energetic Mr Chirac is said to have slowed down since his retirement, his beloved dog has been having "frenetic" fits of late, in which it jumps into the air and turns aggressive.
Photos of Sumo in happier times: