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City councillor apologises for 'maybe she might get rabies' comment to animal activist

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 14 March 2018

Sally Button, Labour candidate for Bowthorpe in Norwich City Council elections 2016. Pic: Submiited

Sally Button, Labour candidate for Bowthorpe in Norwich City Council elections 2016. Pic: Submiited

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A city councillor has apologised for a "rabies" remark on Facebook in reference to an animal activist who opposes greyhound racing.

Sally Button, Labour's candidate for Bowthorpe in the Norwich City Council 2012 elections.Sally Button, Labour's candidate for Bowthorpe in the Norwich City Council 2012 elections.

Sally Button, Labour member for Bowthorpe, posted in a thread about how Kerry Elliman, from Birmingham Greyhound Protection, was bitten by a dog. She wrote: “Maybe she might get rabies.”

Ms Button, whose Facebook profile shows a greyhound with the words Support Greyhound Racing, came in for criticism for that, with criticism also directed at Norwich Labour Party’s Facebook.

She then posted on her Facebook page: “I am issuing this as my apology. It was, of course, completely inexcusable of me to react in this way. The very best I can do is express my sincere apologies for the offence I have caused.”

Ms Button, a Retired Groundhound Trust volunteer, declined to comment further.

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