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'No Doubt' Crufts Dog Was Poisoned

09 March 2015

ANALYSIS - Crufts 2015 drew to a close yesterday, tainted with shock and sadness at claims a competing dog had been poisoned at the show, writes Gemma Hyland.

Three-year-old Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger collapsed and died at home in Belgium after competing at the show last week.

Irish Setter Jagger, who came second in his class on Thursday, is owned by Belgian Aleksandra Lauwers and Leicester-based breeder Dee Milligan-Bott.

cruftsDee announced the results of Jagger's autopsy and said cubes of beef laced with 2-3 different poisons were found in the dog's stomach.

Jagger's owners have expressed that they don't believe another competitor is responsible for the death.

Dee 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."

After the news broke of Jagger's death, TV presenter Clare Balding, who had been hosting Channel 4's coverage of the event, tweeted: "Everyone at #Crufts2015 horrified at death of Irish Setter Jagger & post-mortem found poison. Awful for all concerned."

Police are investigating Jagger's death and are reviewing CCTV from the event.

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 and until that time, we cannot know the cause of this tragic incident. "

Headline image: Dee Milligan-Bott

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Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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