Crufts dog death: owners devastated

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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The owners of a prize-winning dog have spoken of their devastation following its death, reportedly claiming it was poisoned after competing at the world-famous Crufts show.

Three-year-old Irish setter Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, collapsed and died after returning from the show at Birmingham’s NEC to Belgium, Leicester-based breeder Dee Milligan-Bott told the BBC.

She claimed a post-mortem examination showed the animal had been poisoned, but said she hoped the killing was carried out by an opportunist rather than a fellow dog owner.

“I think and hope it was a random act by someone who hates dogs, an opportunist,” she said.

“We’ve had support from fellow competitors from all over the world. These are people I compete against and many of them have been in tears.”

The dog, who came second in his class at the show on Thursday, is co-owned by Aleksandra Lauwers from Belgium, whose husband told the BBC last night: “My wife has to go and give a statement to the police tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”

“We’re quite successful and that can of course make people jealous.”

A spokeswoman for The Kennel Club said they were awaiting a toxicology report from Belgian police to shed some light on Jagger’s death.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “The Kennel Club is deeply shocked and saddened to hear that Jagger the Irish setter died some 26 hours after leaving Crufts.

“We have spoken to his owners and our heartfelt sympathies go out to them. We understand that the toxicology report is due next week and until that time we cannot know the cause of this tragic incident. “

Published: Monday 9th March 2015 by The News Editor

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