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Mam's dog 'delivered her home' before he died - Peggy Mangan's son

Published 07/10/2013 | 10:01

Peggy Mangan's (R) faithful dog Casper (L)
Peggy Mangan's (R) faithful dog Casper (L)
Peggy Mangan
Peggy Mangan's pet dog, Casper
The remains of Peggy Mangan being carried from Mount Argus Church after her funeral
Family flowers at the funeral mass of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy Mangan in Mount Argus church, Dublin.
Jon Mangan the son of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy at her funeral mass at Mount Argus church, Dublin.
Flowers at the scene close to where a body found in a field on the edge of north Dublin believed to be that of missing pensioner Peggy Mangan were found by police near to the Ikea complex at Ballymun. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 29, 2013. See PA story IRISH Body. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Flowers at the scene close to where a body found in a field on the edge of north Dublin believed to be that of missing pensioner Peggy Mangan were found by police near to the Ikea complex at Ballymun
Flowers are placed close to where the body of Peggy Mangan was found in Ballymun, Dublin
Flowers at the scene close to where a body found in a field on the edge of north Dublin believed to be that of missing pensioner Peggy Mangan were found by police near to the Ikea complex at Ballymun
Volunteers are briefed before going out to search for missing woman Peggy Mangan in the DID store in Finglas earlier today
Family members of Alzheimers sufferer Peggy Mangan at her funeral mass in Mount Argus church, Dublin.
Volunteers are briefed before going out to search for missing woman Peggy Mangan in the DID store in Finglas earlier today
Garda Inspector Michael Lynch speaks to volunteers before going out to search for missing woman Peggy Mangan in the DID store in Finglas earlier today
Garda Inspector Michael Lynch speaks to volunteers before going out to search for missing woman Peggy Mangan in the DID store in Finglas earlier today

TRAGIC Peggy Mangan's faithful dog Casper passed away just hours after her body had been found, her son Jon said today.

"It was like he delivered Mam home," he told Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE radio today.

"We were told one minute he was wagging his tail and then he took a turn for the worse."

He had stood vigil over his owner for days.

"He proved me wrong - I didn't think he was strong and he wasn't that fit," Jon added.

The body of the Alzheimer's sufferer was found late last month in waste ground beside Ikea on the north side of Dublin and about 9km's away from her home in Terenure.

The pensioner had left her house to walk the faithful King Charles spaniel Casper four days earlier, never to return home - she died of hypothermia.

Volunteers found her body and Casper was standing watching over her when they found her - he died within two hours of starvation and dehydration.

He also said knowing that Peggy had not died alone was a huge help for the family - his dad, two sisters and extended family.

"It was such a comfort to know she was not alone," he said.

Peggy Mangan (65) was buried last week at Mount Argus Church in Dublin's Harold's Cross.

Casper's cremated remains were buried with her.

"They had spent alot of time together," Jon said today.

In a wide-ranging interview, her son paid tribute to the people of Finglas, Glasnevin and Ballymun who had contributed to the huge search for her.

"The people were amazing," he said. "Hundreds of people came out and the support was incredible.

"We really should do more for missing people."

He added that the family is setting up the Peggy Mangan Foundation although the charity is in its infancy - it will ensure that “her memory lives on and her passing will not be in vain”. The charity will help fund services for missing people as well as their families.

The Alzheimer's Society can be contacted at 1800 341 341.

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