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Irish Setter dies after being poisoned at Crufts, owners say

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Sunday 8 March 2015
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Thendara Satisfaction Jagger Death By Poison at Crufts 2015
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A bad news hit the Crufts 2015 dog show organisation on this Sunday 8th March 2015. The three-year-old Thendara Satisfaction Jagger, owned by Dee Milligan-Bott and Alexandra Lauwers, collapsed after returning to Belgium on the following day.

Jagger is an Irish Setter who, according to his co-owners, has died after being poisoned at Crufts 2015. Nothing seemed wrong until the dogs and their owners returned to Dee Milligan-Bott’s home in Belgium on Friday.

“All the dogs were all running and playing together and Jagger seemed a bit tired, unable to keep up with the others,” she said.


Dee Milligan-Bott, on her Facebook page, has informed the whole dogosphere about the status of this sad event.

This is NOT what I Should be posting.

Thendara Satisfaction (Jagger), owned by Aleks & Wim Lauwers and Jeremy & I, is dead.

An autopsy has revealed he was poisoned a large amount of beef cubed, stuffed with 2-3 different poisons was stitched into the meat. This resulted in a very painful death for our beautiful boy. The timings from the autopsy make it clear the only place this could have been given to jagger was while on his bench at crufts. The police have been informed.

I beg of you if anyone can remember seeing anything suspicious please LET ME KNOW. Please do not contact Aleks she needs to grieve in peace.

Jagger, Dee's dog.
Jagger, Dee’s dog. (CREDITS: Dee Milligan Bott)

A post-mortem examination has been performed and owners said it revealed various poisonous substances had been added to cubes of meat. They are now awaiting for a full toxicology report to confirm the diagnosis offered by the autopsy.

Everybody is now waiting to hear from the Police services who are going to check the CCTV footage from Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre where the Crufts 2015 dog show was taking place.

Mrs. Dee Milligan-Bott is now feeling like the dog show scene is not for her anymore. She said she prefers to keep her Afghan Hounds and other dogs away from it. It is a shame to see the lengths people are willing to go to, simply for a ribbon.

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

Dee Milligan-Bott's Facebook Status

The Kennel Club said it was supporting the owners and will do whatever it takes to help find the culprits.

We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Jagger’s death and our heartfelt sympathies go out to his owners.

Whilst we are unclear of exactly what happened, we understand that a toxicology report is due next week and that this matter has been reported to the police – we will work with them and help however we can.

We are in contact with the owners and will do all we can to support them at this sad time.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary

Clare Balding, BBC presenter, expressed her horror on Twitter after she learned the news.

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5 comments on “Irish Setter dies after being poisoned at Crufts, owners say”

  1. Heloise Herneir

    This is evil, some people deserve the worse. All that just to get rid of competition? Sad. All the best to the owners.

  2. Kati

    i seem to recall PETA threatening to do exactly this, two or three years ago.

  3. What low life would do this to a poor animal ,

    1. true.. disgusting.

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