Contestant poisoned at Britain’s premier dog show

Contestant poisoned at Britain’s premier dog show

[Ed. – Good grief.]

Jagger, a 3-year-old Irish Setter, collapsed and died after leaving the show with a bellyful of poisoned beef, leaving his owners distraught and triggering a canine whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie.

The dog, also known as Thendara Satisfaction, died Friday shortly after returning to his home in Belgium from the Crufts show in Birmingham, England. A post-mortem examination found the poisoned slug killer cubes in his stomach, according to Jeremy Bott, one of Jagger’s co-owners.

The only time Jagger was unattended and could have been poisoned was when he was on the stand for public viewing, his owners said – but they refused to believe that another competitor could have done such a thing.

“We can’t and we won’t think that this was the act of another exhibitor. If we thought this, we couldn’t go on, and the last 30 years would be a complete waste,” Dee Milligan Bott said on her Facebook page. “So I ask all of you to unite in finding the perpetrator who did this.”

But that still leaves the question: Who would kill a dog show contestant and why?

Jeremy Bott thinks it was a case of mistaken identity. He said he believes the poisoner is someone who bears a grudge against dogs in general or the Crufts show in particular, but not Jagger himself.

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