Post-mortem on Rex the dog might give answers

Rex the dog
Rex the dog

A POST-mortem is to be carried out on a beloved family pet whose owners believe his death was caused by injuries sustained at a Wigan kennel.

Dog owner Gary Fish says the RSPCA has pledged to organise for the procedure to be carried out on border collie cross Rex’s remains to take place this week.

Woodshaw Kennels and Cattery, Manor House Farm

Woodshaw Kennels and Cattery, Manor House Farm

Mr Fish, of Ashton, had entrusted the 16-year-old under the care of Woodshaw Kennels, Manor House Farm, in Aspull, for seven days.

But when he was collected him, Rex’s tail end was covered in congealed blood.

Mr Fish, 50, rushed him to the vets, who had to put him down.

It has been suggested two Jack Russells in an adjoining pen reached under a partition and pulled at Rex’s tail. It is believed staff attempted to treat him with antiseptic spray.

The thought of cutting Rex to pieces is horrible and this is not what I wanted

Gary Fish

Mr Fish added: “The thought of cutting Rex to pieces is horrible and this is not what I wanted.

“But once this has occurred the RSPCA will inform me of the medical evidence of his condition and injuries that led to his death.

“We don’t know whether the damage to Rex caused him a stroke, as he was unable to move half his body.”

The RSPCA refused comment on the post-mortem.

Following a Facebook post by Gary’s son, David Collett, about Rex’s death, a petition has been set up to close the kennels down and hundreds have posted comments condemning the business.

A spokesman for the family of kennels owner George Marsden said: “Contrary to any impression previously given, the family are absolutely devastated about this. This is their livelihood and this is the last thing they wanted. Caring for animals was why they went into business. It has been blown out of all proportion by social media.”