21st February 2020
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Heartbroken owner’s thanks to SSPCA following dog’s death

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A heartbroken woman has appealed for people to support the SSPCA in Shetland following the help she received after the death of her dog.

Barbara Jacobs from Assater near Hillswick had to call on the organisation after her dog Lexie, a large long-haired German Shepherd, died on Sunday.

The 65-year-old owner was left at a loss to know how she could dispose of the body.

She phoned the organisation and says she is “so thankful” for the help she received. Now she has called on animal lovers to do what they can to support the organisation.

“I am an elderly lady, I live alone and my dog died. I was left with a major problem. She was a big dog. When she died on Sunday I was left emotionally devastated but also with a practical problem.

“I just wanted to say thank you to the Scottish SPCA, who came round. I don’t have neighbours. The girl from the SPCA came round and between the two of us we wrestled Lexie’s body through the house and out into the van.”


  1. Carina Stewart

    I am so very sorry for your loss.

    • Barbara Jacobs

      Thank you, so much, Carina.

  2. Ron Tuohy

    What a great idea to ask the SSPCA for help in such devastating circumstances. Full marks to them for answering the call and providing assistance!

  3. Charles Endacott

    So sorry to hear about Lexie, and top marks for the SSPCA for their help…it is good to know they have compassion for owners as well as their animals.

  4. Tony Elliott

    It is indeed a sad time for Barbara Tuohy. But, reading this article, I see the wonderful, caring and dedicated service provided by the SSPCA. So often these staff go ’the extra mile’ and such thoughtful service is heartwarming.

  5. Colleen Callahan

    So sorry to hear about Lexi. But wonderful of the SSPCA to help. Yes, donations to them would be very fitting.

  6. Lynne Folsom

    I am so sorry for your loss and hate that you had to deal with the very difficult practical time in the midst of your grief. I understand it was impossible for you to dispose of her by yourself and there wasn’t anything I could do from here to be of help. I am glad that you reached out to the SSPCA. I am even more glad that the organization exists and were both able and willing to help you! I shudder to think what could have happened otherwise. Many thanks to them and continued hugs to you during this time.

  7. John Coleman

    Well done sspca for the help you gave to Barbara in her hour of need ❤️🐾🐾🐾

  8. Jean Dean

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss Barbara, such an awful thing to have to experience, made all the worse by being on your own with no neighbours for help and support, because you are so rural! Big WOW for the SSPCA to be there for you, it’s comforting to know that there are such wonderful people in the world who care and can offer such practical assistance too. #welldonesspca #sspca

    • Debbie Helms

      What a great job the SSPCA did in helping Barbara Touhy with her deceased beloved Lexie. Thank you to the SSPCA.

  9. Shannon Magee

    Ms. Jacobs, my condolences. What the SSPCA did for you in your time of grief was incredible. How lovely that they are there for the continuum of every animal’s life, and are likewise there to support their community of animal lovers. I hope that we can all support them in their mission. Are there any specific items they may need assistance with in 2018, or would a donation best serve to honor Lexie’s memory?

  10. Kim Craver

    I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. I live in the U.S. and enjoy reading The Shetland Times online. When I read this story, I immediately made a donation to the SSPCA for Lexie at https://www.scottishspca.org/ so, not sure if the Shetland SPCA will receive it or not. May you be blessed with peace and happy memories during this time of loss.

    • Barbara Jacobs

      Thank you, so very much. To those I know and to kind strangers, I wish you a gentle Christmas. xxxx


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