Heartbreak over pet death led ex Marine to hang himself

Steven Anderson and his dog, Beaky
Steven Anderson and his dog, Beaky
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A DEVOTED South Yorkshire dog lover hanged himself the day after he had his beloved pet put down.

Steven Anderson, a 44-year-old lorry driver, was overcome with grief after deciding his beloved collie Beaky had become too aggressive, an inquest heard.

He was found dead at Sitwell Park Golf Club, near Rotherham, with Beaky’s body in a suitcase nearby.

The ex-Royal Marine and junior GB rower left a farewell note to relatives which read: “I have gone to be with Beaky.”

Mr Anderson, of Whiston, Rotherham, single after splitting with his partner, thought the world of the dog and even let him ride in his lorry cab.

After the Rotherham hearing his adoptive father Michael Gawthrop said: “The dog was his life. It was like the son he never had. He just felt as Beaky got older the dog had become more aggressive and he was worried it might attack people.”

Veterinary nurse Liam Johnson recalled Mr Anderson bringing the tan-and-white rough collie to be put down.

He said he arrived with a large suitcase for the dog’s body.

Mr Johnson said he asked Mr Anderson why he wanted the dog put down.

“He told me he was going to Scotland to work and the dog couldn’t be re-homed because it was nasty with kids.

“He was very upset and very sincere in explaining the reasons for putting the dog asleep.”

Recording a verdict Mr Anderson took his own life, Rotherham’s assistant deputy coroner Jonathan Godfrey said: “He was always intending to take his own life.”