A gorgeous and highly successful Irish Setter named Thendara Satisfaction was poisoned and killed following a competition in a UK dog show. Just 26 hours prior to the dog’s death, he was a top competitor in one of the most prestigious dogs shows in all of Europe.
As he strutted around the arena with his beautiful silky red coat and head held high, no one was surprised by his second place win at Crufts Dog Show. However, the following evening, his owner noticed the three-year-old dog was in serious distress. Having a hard time breathing, Thendara Satisfaction was rushed to the vet where immediately suspicions were raised.
Because of this, the veterinarian ordered a necropsy, which is equivalent to an autopsy performed on humans. As part of the dog’s stomach content was cubes of beef that had been carefully packed with poison. According to the veterinarian, the amount of poison in the dog’s system was enough to take down a large horse.
As stated by co-owner of the dog, Milligan Bott, there is no question that the poisoning was intentional and malicious but no one can figure who or why. Immediately, the Belgian police were notified of the poisoning. Currently, investigators are conducting a toxicology report to determine the type of poison used, this according to Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary.
Steve Leonard, a well-known veterinarian stated that incidents like this are extremely rare. He added that because veterinarians seldom deal with investigations of this kind, techniques used in human forensics are being used to identify the specific substance or substances used.
Known more fondly as Jagger by the family that owns the dog, at some point during the event’s exhibiting someone fed the dog the poisoned beef since throughout the entire show that is the only time the dog was left unattended. The owner believes the poisoning was a random act opposed to something premeditated.
Bott also feels that the individual responsible for the dog’s death could not have been another competitor, explaining that if that were the case, the past 30 years of the Crufts Dog Show would have been for nothing. If it were someone involved with showing, someone involved with dogs, going on as a participant would be impossible.
As news of “Jagger’s” death spread, people all over the world took to social media to offer support but also show outrage that an innocent animal was killed for nothing. This dog did nothing but put on an amazing performance and to have suffered so horribly is unthinkable.