Mr Guest, 54, a graphic designer, said: ‘They have put me through hell. I’ve had to relive my loss and face financial hardship to defend the wishes of someone I loved. I almost lost the will to live.
‘It was only the realisation there would be nobody to care for Tracey’s dogs and the fact that she was relying upon me to do so which kept me going.
‘Thinking they may end up alone in an animal shelter, or separated, would have broken her heart. It’s ironic that three animal charities are pushing this case when all I want to do is fulfil Tracey’s heartfelt desire that the dogs stay together in a familiar place.
‘They are trying to say the second will is invalid because the paper with the signature on it wasn’t stapled to the other part, but it was in the same sealed envelope and was only opened by her solicitor.’
Actually, make that another four of the bastards!
…lawyers for charities Dogs Trust, World Animal Protection, Friends Of The Animals and Heart Research UK claimed her second will was invalid. Mr Guest has so far spent £10,000 in legal fees fighting the charities.
The only surprise is that the RSPCA isn’t in there as well.