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Today, Police in Guernsey have confirmed that Jenny Harding, 25, is "withdrawing claims that her dog had been hit with a hammer as part of a homophobic attack," but an "investigation is still ongoing," according to Detective Inspector Richard Medhurst.

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This is Guernsey reported that Harding, a "children’s entertainer," handed Alice the dog over to police for medical treatment after injuries the 6-year-old pet sustained resulting in the loss of her eye.

It was reported last week that Alice was "smashed in the muzzle with a hammer as part of a sickening homophobic attack," and had to go to the veterinarian for the eye to be removed. The BBC reported that "a hammer, paint and a paintbrush used in the attack had been left at the scene."

Today, however, Medhurst "said it was unclear how Alice received her injuries, but there was no evidence she had been attacked by someone." Jenny Harding also alleged that the words "Die filthy queer" were painted by a hate-filled homophobe on the back of her van.

On a Facebook post, Harding said,

"Alice is doing very well at the moment, she'll need a further operation but for now she needs to heal up a bit. Your support is fantastic everyone, thank you so, so much!!! Please keep your ears out for news and hopefully we'll bring the culprit to justice."

As if that was not enough, several days later on Dec. 17, yet more graffiti was found. This time, it was reported that the phrase, "Head down or you next" was found "on her workshop door," and allegedly occurred "while the children’s entertainer was inside the shed."

Another article today from the local news seems to confirm that Harding, who received support and donations and even a sympathetic Facebook page with 4,279 sympathisers at the time of this writing, perpetrated the hoax herself.

Today's report said that "police said this morning that they were no longer looking for anyone in connection with the attack." Additionally, it was reported that

"As a result of this investigation, Ms. Harding tells us she wishes to withdraw her allegations and would like all donations offered by sympathisers to be returned. We are no longer looking for anybody in relation to these matters."

Hopefully it will be determined how Alice the dog lost her eye last week.

Follow Renee Nal on Twitter @ReneeNal and Facebook.

Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and TavernKeepers.com for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.

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