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Date of Death 10 June 1926Hollywood, California, USA  (gunshot wound)
Birth NamePeter von Ostoeck

Mini Bio (1)

Peter the Great was a remarkably intelligent German-born German shepherd, who after two years of training at the Berlin Police Academy, was brought to Hollywood to perform in movies.

In 1926, after appearing in several Hollywood features, Peter was shot and killed during a possible alcohol fueled dispute between his master and another dog fancier. A jury later awarded Peter's owner, who had asked for a quarter of a million dollars, $100,000 plus $25,000 in punitive damages, a record for that time for the slaying of a dog. In 1931 another jury found that "No dog can be considered in the same category as a human" and declared the 1927 damage award as grossly excessive.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Barlow

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