Beloved charity dog who comforted the homeless at Corn Exchange in Leeds has died

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A popular dog whose owner provides hot food to rough sleepers in Leeds city centre has passed away.

Hundreds of people have taken to social media to offer their condolences to Corn Exchange jeweller Dion Smith, whose 12-year-old bulldog Lulu was a much-loved figure.

Mr Smith used Lulu's dog flap at the rear his bespoke jewellery shop as a hatch to supply the homeless with hot drinks and snacks.

The pair hit the headlines in 2016 when street wardens criticised the businessman's charitable efforts and accused him of attracting 'undesirables' to the area.

Mr Smith, who has run the store since 2010, announced Lulu's death on his business's Facebook page - describing her as 'the best dog in Leeds.'

The pet helped attract donations from members of the public, and a sign outside the shop read 'Lulu the charity bulldog: All money goes to help us serve hot snacks to the Leeds homeless'.