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'I've gone to be with Beaky': Ex-marine hangs himself with dog’s lead a day after pet is put down


Former Royal Marine Stephen Anderson with his beloved Beaky. The 44-year-old lorry driver was grief-stricken after he had the collie put down as it had became too aggressive. His suicide note read 'I've gone to be with Beaky.'

A former Royal Marine hanged himself the day after having his beloved pet dog put down.

Steven Anderson, 44, was overcome with grief after apparently deciding his beloved collie Beaky had become too aggressive, an inquest heard.

The lorry driver was found hanging from a tree suspended by the dog’s lead, with Beaky’s body in a suitcase nearby.

He left a note in his house which read: ‘I have gone to be with Beaky.’

After the inquest, Mr Anderson's adoptive father said: 'The dog was his life. It was like the son he never had.'

After the hearing in Rotherham, Mr Anderson’s adoptive father, Michael Gawthrop, said: ‘The dog was his life. It was like the son he never had.

‘He just felt that as Beaky got older the dog had become more aggressive and he was worried it might attack people.’

Veterinary nurse Liam Johnson said Mr Anderson, who changed his name by deed poll, brought the collie in to be put down. He came with a large suitcase for the dog’s body which he thought was unusual as most pet owners took their animals home in a blanket.

Mr Johnson said he asked the owner why he wanted the dog put down. He said: ‘He told me he was going to Scotland to work and the dog couldn’t be re-homed because it was nasty with kids.

source: dailymail