Devoted dog owner, 44, hangs himself on golf course after his beloved collie is put down by vet

A distraught dog owner is believed to have killed himself after he had to have his pet put down by a vet.

The body of Steven Anderson, 44, was found at a golf course close to his home. A suitcase containing the body of his seven-year-old collie, Beaky, was at the foot of a tree.

Sitwell Park Golf Club, where golfers discovered the bodies of dog lover Steven Anderson and his dog

Sitwell Park Golf Club, where golfers discovered the bodies Steven Anderson and his beloved dog

Golfers made the grim discovery at Sitwell Park Golf Club, near Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and raised the alarm but when emergency services arrived Mr Anderson was already dead.

His former partner Dawn Daily said he had been devoted to his dog.

The couple bought the pet together when they were in a relationship and Steven took responsibility for it once they split up.

Dawn said: 'The dog was his life - it was like his family. He is originally from Cambridgeshire, where the rest of his family is, so he was devoted to Beaky.  

'The dog was everything to him. They went everywhere together. He was a lorry driver and would even take him to work with him.

'Steven might have been feeling low around the time of his death but having to take Beaky to a vet to be put down would have been too much for him. He obviously couldn't go on without his dog - it is so sad.' 

Steve Bell, secretary of Sitwell Park Golf Club, said: 'Members were playing the 15th hole on the course when they found the body.

'Because we are a private members club our initial concerns were that it may have been a member and the emergency services were informed.

'The police and ambulance arrived quickly but he was already dead. We offer our condolences to the family - everybody at the club is shocked.' 

An inquest into his death, which is not being treated as suspicious, has been opened and adjourned while inquiries into the circumstances are carried out on behalf of the coroner for Rotherham.

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