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Prize-winning Irish Setter "maliciously poisoned" at Crufts

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Prize-winning Irish Setter "maliciously poisoned" at Crufts

Postby Juska » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:48 am

'No doubt' Crufts dog Jagger was poisoned, says owner

There is "no doubt" a prize-winning Irish setter was "maliciously poisoned" at Crufts, one of his owners has said.

Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, died after leaving the Birmingham show. His owners say he ate poisoned beef.

Co-owner Jeremy Bott said he did not think the dog was targeted, but the culprit may have been acting on "a grudge against dogs or the Crufts show".

The Kennel Club said it was the only case of poisoning being investigated.

Fellow owner of Jagger, Aleksandra Lauwers, said they had lost "our love, family member and best friend to our son".

Mr Bott's wife, Dee Milligan-Bott, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I don't believe in my heart of hearts that this was another competitor or anyone involved in the dog world.

"I can only imagine that it was a random act that somebody premeditated and wanted to cause total distress at the best dog show in the world.

"It's not unknown for people to do things like this.

"He was a typical Irish setter, totally trustworthy and so loved. We are devastated."

"The Crufts committee and all championship show dog committees will have to look at security."

Jagger came second in his class at the show at Birmingham's NEC on Thursday. He died after returning to Belgium with Ms Lauwers. Leicester-based breeder Mrs Milligan-Bott claimed the dog must have been given the meat "while on his bench at Crufts", calling it "a heinous crime." Speaking to BBC Radio 4, her husband Jeremy said: "When the vet opened up his stomach, she found cubes of meat - some sort of beef-like steak - and they had been sewn up with poison inside.

"She thinks there were possibly two or three types of poison.

I think she identified one as a slug killer. I would guess that the other would turn out to be a rat poison or some industrial type of poison."

He said he did not believe the attack was targeted but he did not think the culprit would be caught.

He said: "They will hopefully try with the CCTV they have in the halls at Crufts but I don't think they will be able to find anybody."

The couple's daughter, Amy Nettleton, said: "The accessibility of shows such as Crufts... is such that the general public can wander in and out of the dogs' benches and approach any dog, so to keep an eye on everybody who came up and spoke to the dogs is very difficult."

Ms Nettleton described her family as "just devastated and beside themselves".

"The sensationalisation that the media has portrayed today - that Jagger was worth £50,000 - is beyond ridiculous," she said.

"Jagger, to his family, was priceless and he was also used, not only as a family pet but as pet therapy."

She said his owners took him into elderly care homes.

"He would sit there and give the residents some delight in him just being around."

The Kennel Club said it was awaiting a toxicology report from Belgian police. It said it had not received any other reports of sickness in dogs at Crufts.

The winner of Best in Show gets £100 - The Kennel Club said the prestige was more important than the prize money. The club said a show-class Irish setter puppy could sell for "hundreds of pounds".

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Re: Prize-winning Irish Setter "maliciously poisoned" at Cru

Postby TamanduaGirl » Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:14 pm

Saw this on FB yesterday posted by a puppymill rescuer and the comments were about how the show needed shut down. It's not the shows fault. It's one of your AR activist brethren.
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Re: Prize-winning Irish Setter "maliciously poisoned" at Cru

Postby Ash » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:46 pm

That's what I hate most about animal rights activists... They really do NOT care about animals. They would rather kill them than see them in human hands. Such a sad story, but hopefully since this is "biggish" news, it will make people more aware of what the AR enemy is like.

Too many people side with them on a whim, just because it sounds "nice." When in fact, it's nothing short of terrorism. Okay, yeah, this is terrorism on a much smaller scale (I guess we usually use the term to refer to middle-east events), but that's what this was: they wanted to incite terror into the people at Crufts so people would stop showing up and supporting it. And how did they do that? By killing an animal--the very thing they "swear" they want nothing more than to protect.
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Re: Prize-winning Irish Setter "maliciously poisoned" at Cru

Postby Nìmwey » Mon Mar 30, 2015 6:52 am

Turns out he was not poisoned at Crufts. Apparently he died quite a long time after he was at the show, long enough that he must have eaten the poisoned meat long after he left the show. (We're talking days.)
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