A family from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire are distraught after the body of their recently euthanised dog was discovered dumped in a field.
Local reports in Nottinghamshire claim that James Browns’ Border Collie, Bournville was recently put down after it developed cancerous lumps. The dog’s ashes were returned to the family – but days later Mr Brown was told the body of his pet had actually been found in a field and identified by its microchip.
Three other dogs were also discovered at the same time in nearby Derbyshire, on August 15.
“We’re really, really shocked. We’re very upset. We paid extra money to get him back and it’s not him. He was a lovely dog and he deserved better than that.” said Mr Brown.
The RSPCA have been called and police are now investigating.
Bournville and another dog [are] originated from Ambivet veterinary clinic, in Heanor, which says it is very shocked by the news.
The other two dogs have not been identified.
Usually, dogs are cremated together and their ashes are not returned, although a price can be paid of £120 to have your dog cremated alone and his ashes returned.
The business manager of Ambivet, David Stone, said the dogs’ bodies were sent to a Derbyshire pet crematorium after they were put to sleep.
He said: “Our relationship with this company was severed immediately on Tuesday afternoon and alternative arrangements were made with another operator. We feel very distressed by the whole thing. We’ve visited both the owners concerned. It’s in the hands of the local authority and we’re co-operating fully with them over this.”
Mr Brown said the discovery of 12-year-old’s Bournville’s body had been distressing for the whole family.
“My mum and step-dad went to pick up the ashes and they got them in a bag with a card stuck in saying Bournville. So, as far as they were concerned, Bournville was back with us.”
The family have two other dogs called Hamish and Elliott and they wanted to go and identify their pet’s body for peace of mind.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of sights, it was quite upsetting. His fur was all wet and matted down, and he had maggots all over him. We’re wanting to bury the dog ourselves now so we’ve got him with us. He just didn’t deserve that, he was a member of the family,” said Mr Brown.
Derbyshire Police are investigating the incident and a spokesperson from Amber Valley Borough Council said: “Staff from the council’s environmental services directorate, along with the Environment Agency are currently looking into the matter, but cannot comment until all of the facts have been established.”
The dogs are now being kept at Ambivet veterinary clinic while the matter is investigated.
A Derbyshire police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating allegations of fraud after dogs that were thought to have been cremated were found dead in a field. The police have liaised with the RSPCA, Amber Valley Environmental Health and the Environment Agency during the investigation. Enquiries are continuing into the allegations. Officers can confirm that no reports of burglaries at any local pet crematoria have been received by police.”
Jennifer Buxton, the owner of Peak Pet Cremations said the company has been closed down since.
“All I know is there was a theft from our premises which obviously included some bagged scrap metal and some deceased pets were taken at the same time.”
When further questioned by a local newspaper, she said the theft was not reported to the police because at the time they did not know any animals had been taken.
She said she had been away at the time and could not explain why Mr Brown’s family had been sent ashes that could not have been their dog.
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