Widow Lynda Hill drew up her will, leaving £100,000 to her favourite animal charity and expressed a hope that its staff would find a new home for her faithful dog Henry who was found lying by Mrs Hill’s body after police broke into her home after neighbours’ concerns.
Unfortunately just hours after Mrs Hill’s body was discovered in her home, a vet from the charity decided that the golden retriever be put down, and he was destroyed the following day.
The ‘Old Bill’ also discovered Mrs Hill’s will, which left nearly all her estate to the Wood Green Animal Shelter in Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire. She also left Henry to the charity, adding: ‘I express the hope that they will look after him.’
But her hopes weren’t fulfilled, after giving Henry food and water, a police officer played with the dog in the garden while waiting for staff from Wood Green to collect him. But after examining Henry, a Wood Green vet said the dog – which had been without food, water and medication to treat his mild arthritis for up to five days – should be put down.