Update 19 March 2018

Since late last year, officers of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, Special Enquiry Team of the Metropolitan Police, have been conducting an assessment of the information I have provided in order to determine whether any criminal offences have been committed vis-à-vis the conduct of Senior Executives of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

As you can appreciate this is a very complex matter with nearly 2GB's of information to assess and so an outcome is not expected until mid summer at the earliest.


Like all Companion Animals Starwars Jedi (Jed) Hughes was special, a special dog, whose life was of great intrinsic value to humans. However, as you will see below, Jed had something extra special in the way his sensitivity enabled him to identify human frailties. Jed never involved himself with other dogs but loved us humans. Jed had an innate sensitivity for us, perhaps because, from the moment Jed came into the care home for elderly people as a puppy, Jed was surrounded 24 hours a day by elderly and very frail residents, and therefore Jed grew up in a very caring atmosphere. Or maybe Jed was just a very special dog from the moment of birth?

  The compassion that Jed demonstrated, sometimes in the background, but often in a remarkable up front way towards human infirmity and disability, was awe-inspiring and humbling. One particular and special attribute Jed displayed was his particular sensitivity towards one of the unsighted residents, (A).  The first time Jed displayed this quality was when we were having a break and, as usual, Jed was sitting with his guardian. Jed noticed A being assisted on her way through the dining room and he slowly got up and very slowly approached A. Approaching from the side of A, Jed very gently brushed A’s leg. A stopped and said “is that Jed”. By that time Jed had sat down in front of A, not near enough for A to trip ever him, but, near enough for A, with the care assistant’s help, to bend down and stroke Jed. After a minute or so, Jed, at his own volition, then moved aside and A was able to proceed on her way. Jed responded in this way to A many times.

  Jed was not trained in any way to be so caring, so kind and so empathetic.  How did Jed know that A was unsighted? How did Jed come to understand human infirmities to the extent that he knew he had to approach A in a certain way, a way that would be safe for A? How did Jed know that this communication with A would be of immense comfort and support for A? Was Jed born with an innate sense of care for humans?

   He was an incredibly sensitive dog, very contemplative, so was it that Jed “picked something up” from the general atmosphere of the care home? If he did, then Jed was also able to innately distinguish, without any training, specific infirmities such as loss of sight. It was awesome how Jed could possibly have known how to do what he did and, the safe and correct way to do it.

 It was known that Jed suffered from separation anxiety. History shows that supplemental oxygen, hydrocortisone and low dose ACP sedation would not alter this agitation until Jed saw his guardian. The death that he suffered would have been anathema to both of them. Whatever the truth is about the circumstances surrounding Jed's death, and truth is not in the documents emanating from Liverpool University Small Animal Teaching Hospital, whenever Jed's time came, (and certainly on admission to Liverpool University on 31 January 2012 Jed was not considered so ill that his condition was immediately life-threatening), Jed should have, Jed could have, died in his guardian's arms, in my arms, like his sweet brother did before Jed's tragic death.

Beloved Starwars Jedi, full of nobility, extraordinarily knowing, extremely thoughtful, loving everyone, amazingly compassionate and strangely full of the best traits of humanity. He was a best and true friend, incomparable and irreplaceable. Starwars Jedi. 

Ronald Hughes: .......... 18 January 2016

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