BBC News Thursday, 8 August 2019 Downing Street cat enters into standoff with police dog All eyes were on 10 Downing Street this morning, but it wasn’t for the Prime Minister. Instead, the press was focused on a brief standoff between Downing Street’s top rodent killer and a police dog. Downing Street cat Leo faced off against police sniffer dog Marbury, a springer spaniel who looked more interested in playing than scrapping with the 4-year-old feline. With his back arched, his claws out and his hissing seen by others, Leo held his ground against the playful police dog who was quickly called back to his duties by officers at Downing Street’s front gate to inspect entering vehicles. On his official Twitter account, Leo tweeted a picture of police dog Marbury running back to his post with the caption reading "You'd better keep walking...". Since taking office, The Prime Minister and Downing Street staff have confirmed that Leo has killed 12 mice so far. He’s been described as very shy especially around men, creating speculation that he may have had some bad experiences since he was a rescue cat. However, according to Prime Minister Samuels, U.S President Sam Seaborn is an apparent exception to this fear. He said "Leo is not very keen on men but seemed happy to be stroked by President Seaborn when he visited London in June."