London, Sept 9 : A dog believed to be the world's oldest has died, aged 29 years. David Richardson bought Bella, a Labrador cross, from the RSPCA 26 years ago when she was three years old.
She was staying with Richardson, 76, and his partner Daisy, 81, since 1982 in Clay Cross, Derbyshire.
However, she died following a heart attack while on holiday with the couple.
Richardson, from Clay Cross, has no official documentation to prove Bella's age, but he insists she was 29.
"We had just come up to Mablethorpe - we always go to the same place on holiday because we can take the dogs," the Telegraph quoted Richardson, as saying.
"We had barely been here for an hour when Bella started panting and yelping and collapsed in front of the sofa.
"We took Bella to the vet but she was so ill she had to be put to sleep. It was very upsetting. We will miss her a lot.
"Lots of people came to see us and to wish Bella goodbye. Our friends and neighbours were very fond of her," he added.