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Claims that a promotional police postcard featuring a puppy is offensive to members of the Islamic community have been dismissed by one of Dundee's leading Muslims.

A storm of controversy erupted yesterday after a report in The Courier revealed that some members of the Islamic community have complained about the postcard.

Dundee councillor Mohammed Asif claimed the postcard, advertising Tayside Police's new non-emergency telephone number, could offend some Muslims because it features a black German shepherd dog sitting in a police officer's hat.

It is understood some Muslims have been upset by the image because in Islam dogs are generally considered unclean and cannot be kept as pets— although they can be kept as guard dogs or for hunting.

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