William and Kate spark outrage with Prince George birthday photo

By Kirstin Buick
22 July 2016

The Cambridges have been accused of animal cruelty, thanks to this photo of George and his pup Lupo.

There's no denying new photos of birthday boy Prince George playing in the gardens of Anmer Hall are adorable -- but one of the official snaps has animal activists outraged.

In the shot, the barefoot blue-blood (3) appears to be feeding Lupo, the family's black spaniel, ice-cream -- a no-no for canine's digestive tracts.

PHOTO: Kensington Palace PHOTO: Kensington Palace

The UK's animal welfare group, the RSPCA, expressed concern over the photo, which was released along with three others in honour of George's birthday.

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“It is lovely that Prince George is trying to help keep his family dog, Lupo, cool in these high temperatures,” it said in a statement.

PHOTO: Kensington Palace PHOTO: Kensington Palace

“We would advise people to be cautious when giving their dogs food meant for human consumption as some items, like chocolate, can be highly toxic to dogs and dairy items can be difficult for them to digest.

“Instead of ice-cream we would suggest making an ice lolly from pet-friendly ingredients. Making these can be really fun for children and the end product is both safe and enjoyable for dogs.”

PHOTO: Kensington Palace PHOTO: Kensington Palace

Critics on social media have been less cordial about the contentious pic.

One user branded the prince a "monarchist monster", while another expressed how he should be "chucked in prison", MailOnline reports.

According to The Guardian, Kensington Palace declined to comment on the offending snap.

These are the foods you definitely shouldn't be feeding your furry friends

According to Canine Journal, some of the foods below will disagree with your dog's digestive tract or cause them to choke. Others (like alcohol, grapes and macadamia nuts) are toxic.

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Baby food
  • Cooked bones
  • Coffee
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Mushrooms
  • Persimmons, peaches, and plums
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast (on its own or in dough)

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Sources: The Guardian, Mashable, MailOnline, SkyNews, CanineJournal

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