[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.