Dog owner still in dark over kennel

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THE owner of a dog which died following horrific injuries sustained at a kennel faces an agonising wait for action to be taken.

The RSPCA has now conducted an initial post-mortem examination on Rex, a border collie cross, who died after his tail was mauled by other dogs at Woodshaw Kennels in Aspull last month,

I am sure this is losing the kennels business, as I have heard several people say they were cancelling their bookings with them. It doesn’t look like they are closing it down though

Gary Fish

But Rex’s Ashton owner Gary Fish said it will take months before he learns of a verdict.

He said: “The post-mortem has been done and the pathologist has made a preliminary report, which is sent to the vet. Then a final post-mortem is to be done. This won’t be done overnight - it can take months.

“I can’t wait for it all to be done, but I do understand all this needs to be done properly. We just want him back so we can give him a proper send off. We want to bury him or cremate him.

“At the moment I have to keep my feelings at bay until we get the facts right. A lot of people have sent me messages on social media saying they will seek retribution but that is not the way to do it. I don’t want anyone to get hurt or into trouble. We have to do things properly.”

Wigan Council is also conducting an investigation into how the animals are kept in the kennels.

Julie Middlehurst, group manager for community protection and licensing at Wigan Council, said: “We are still working with the RSPCA and the business owner who is co-operating fully with our investigation. The investigation is still on-going.”

Mr Fish added: “I am sure this is losing the kennels business, as I have heard several people say they were cancelling their bookings with them. It doesn’t look like they are closing it down though.

“I believe the owner should be prosecuted.”

Rex’s death sparked a media sensation when Mr Fish’s son, David, posted photos and details of their pet’s injuries.

A petition was set up to close Woodshaw Kennels, owned by George Marsden, which has more than 28,000 signatures.

Following the story, dozens of other pet owners contacted the Evening Post with their terrible experiences.

A spokesman for Woodshaw Kennels said the owners were upset about what had happened and caring for animals was the reason they went into business.