Pet's ashes delivered in supermarket bag

A SUFFOLK woman today spoke of her disgust after the ashes of her beloved boxer dog were returned to her in a Tesco freezer bag.Anita Curtis was close to tears as she told how she opened the casket to sprinkle her pet's ashes and made the upsetting discovery.

A SUFFOLK woman today spoke of her disgust after the ashes of her beloved boxer dog were returned to her in a Tesco freezer bag.

Anita Curtis was close to tears as she told how she opened the casket to sprinkle her pet's ashes and made the upsetting discovery.

The 35-year-old, who helps run the Victoria pub at Felixstowe Ferry, said: "I can't believe they thought it was fit to put Paddy's ashes in a freezer bag. It even had the white label with boxes to record the date and the contents. They should have written in 'dead dog' in the contents just to add insult to injury."

Paddy was just five years old when he collapsed while out on a walk on October 9.

Miss Curtis, of Faulkener's Way, Trimley St Mary, said: "He was with me one minute and gone the next. He was running around on a field when he just collapsed. I took him to the vet, but he died of heart problems four hours later.

"The vet arranged for him to be cremated and his ashes sent to me. I wanted to sprinkle them at his favourite walk at Landguard, where I sprinkled the ashes of my other boxer, Harvey, who died last year. Harvey's ashes were delivered in a proper heat-sealed bag.

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"It is not cheap to have this service and at they should at least be dealt with some respect. The crematorium should be ashamed with what they did.

"People who have lost their beloved pets deserve much better treatment. Some people treat them as part of the family."

A spokeswoman at Orwell Pets Crematorium Service in Stutton said: "We ordered the bags as plastic bags and this is what we were sent. Nobody has ever complained before and in our ten-year history we have had piles of letters thanking us for our kindness, care and services.

"I have written to Miss Curtis to apologise as we are sorry it distressed her. We will stop using the bags from now on as we have a new source that can supply us with plain bags."

Tesco declined to comment.

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