Westminster Dog Show Competitor Poisoned?

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The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show that earlier this month made headlines by crowning an affenpinscher as Best in Show for the first time ever, is back in the headlines today after the unexpected death of another competitor.

Cruz, a 3-year-old Samoyed who competing in his first Westminster this year, died Feb. 16 while competing in another dog show in Colorado -- just four days after the Westminster competition ended. Both the dog's co-owner, Lynette Blue, and his handler, Robert Chaffin, suspect the dog was poisoned.

"We have gone through all the steps of where he was, what was done, and he was always on a leash," Blue, 67, who has co-owned Cruz since birth and has raised and shown the fluffy, snow-white breed of dogs since the 1960s, told ABC News today. "He was never outside. He was always with the handler."

Cruz, short for his show name, GCH CH Polar Mist Cruz'N T'Party At Zamosky D, was competing at the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show in Denver when he became sick, vomiting blood. Chaffin, his handler of over one year, who was also at the Westminster, took him to an emergency veterinary clinic, where he later died of internal hemorrhaging. The dog was cremated and a necropsy was not performed.

"We can't figure out a timeline where it could have happened while he was in the room or being walked," said Blue, who said she had no insurance policy on Cruz.

The internal hemorrhaging, along with vomiting blood, could be a symptom of rodenticide, or rat poisoning, according to medical experts.

Blue said the manager of the hotel where the Cruz and Chaffin stayed in New York told her the facility does not use rat poisoning. The dog, who was ranked seventh in the nation among Samoyeds, according to Grand Championship Points issued by the American Kennel Club, was also not walked outside or in any of the city's parks, Blue said, which could have been sprayed with rat poison during his stay in New York.

But according to Dr. Tony Johnson, a clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cruz's symptoms of internal bleeding and eventual death could also be attributed to natural causes such as cancer.

"Two of the things that will cause bleeding in the abdomen are cancer and rat poisoning and people often attribute it to poisoning as opposed to cancer," he said. "We see a lot of dogs that have bleeding in their abdomen due to cancer so that is a possibility."

Johnson added that it is "not an uncommon scenario" for an animal to not have an autopsy done, "but in the absence of a toxicology or pathology report," as in Cruz's case, "it becomes speculation," he said.

(Photo Courtesy: Lynette Blue)Blue said the only time Cruz was not being watched by Chaffin while in New York was when the dog was "benched" at Westminster, a time when the dogs are required to stay in an assigned area with other owners and breeders.

Cruz's handler, Chaffin, whom Blue says she "absolutely" does not suspect was involved in Cruz's death, is convinced that the dog was poisoned and said there was a four-hour window during which the dog could have been poisoned, but not by a competitor. Instead, Chaffin said he is suspicious of an animal rights activist he encountered at the dog show who "was just scowling at me and telling me how cruel I was."

"All of our competitors in the breed are good people," Chaffin told ABC News. "I don't think it was someone in the dog world. There are lots of crazy people out there."

A representative for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which has sent people to Westminster in past years, brushed aside Chaffin's suspicion that an "animal rights activist" could have been responsible for Cruz's death.

"The accusation is ludicrous and he hasn't even identified the person as an animal rights activist," Lisa Lange, senior vice president at PETA told ABC News. "It was someone at the dog show who criticized him."

Blue said the show provides dog owners the option to hire security guards during their stay in New York, a sign that "it could be a dangerous situation." The owner was more open, however, to the possibility of other motivations.

"It could be some crazies or some animal rights fanatics," she said. "Or it's always possible -- he was a top-winning dog, so it's always possible, those things have happened -- that other people in the dog show world try to knock out top competition. ... You just don't know."

Chaffin criticized the Westminster Dog Show for lack of security.

"If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't go to Westminster," he said. "I won't go to that show again. It's not safe for dogs."

Westminster, in a statement issued to ABC News today, said, "We have never, to our knowledge, had an incident at our show where a dog has become ill or was harmed as a result of being poisoned.

"We are ultra cautious to the point where we do not allow dogs to be off lead at any time while at our show," the statement read. "Unfortunately, no autopsy was performed, so there are a lot of unanswered questions. No other animal which attended our show was reported to our show veterinarians with any incident of serious illness. We have been made aware that no rodent poison is used at the Piers and pest control is maintained through trapping."

Cruz, who did not place at Westminster, held the designation of "Grand Champion," a title given to dogs earning a total of 25 points with three major wins at other shows. Cruz had competed in at least 30 other dog shows over the past year, according to Blue.

After Cruz's death, the owner of a fellow competitive dog, not in Cruz's breed, came forward to offer a $2,000 reward for "any information that could lead to the arrest of the person who might of done this to Cruz," calling the possible poisoning a "worst nightmare."

Blue said she filed a complaint with the New York Police Department last week but is still awaiting a follow up call from the agency. A representative for the NYPD told ABC News it can find no record of a complaint filed by Blue.

"People just need to know they need to be aware of where their dogs are," said Blue. "This thing has just left a hole in my heart. It has taken some of the joy and fun out of showing and raising dogs. It's something I'll never get over."

ABC News' Lauren Effron contributed to this report.
http://gma.yahoo.com/westminster-dog-show-competitor-poisoned-021241960--abc-news-pets.html
 
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Poor dog... again wtf with the name... "GCH CH Polar Mist Cruz'N T'Party At Zamosky D"... again Meadows official name Orrin then a Kraut name... had to pick an "O" name as each litter all the puppies are named alphabetically... so all her brothers and sisters official names start with "O"

Mind you she doesn't breed show dogs... but actual working dogs. Might have something to do with it.
 

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Poor dog... again wtf with the name... "GCH CH Polar Mist Cruz'N T'Party At Zamosky D"... again Meadows official name Orrin then a Kraut name... had to pick an "O" name as each litter all the puppies are named alphabetically... so all her brothers and sisters official names start with "O"

Mind you she doesn't breed show dogs... but actual working dogs. Might have something to do with it.
Show dogs are like pure breg horses, from what i understand. You have to add the names and lineage of the parents in addition to the dog's "new" name.
 

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Show dogs are like pure breg horses, from what i understand. You have to add the names and lineage of the parents in addition to the dog's "new" name.
its mom and dad and sometimes kennel/breeder and new name

we had to do that for our 2nd english bulldog.
 
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Show dogs are like pure breg horses, from what i understand. You have to add the names and lineage of the parents in addition to the dog's "new" name.
Just looked at the Best of Breed for the GSD... "Ch Jantars China Lake V Witmer HT"... eeesh...



Defiantly not from a working line of GSD's. Poor thing is prob going to blow at hip at like 5...

Thought I had a picture of Meadow parking out... nope... but here's a picture of her dad... note the closer level top line...

 

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Both of my wiems had "full names" and "call signs" but on topic, the dog probably bloated its very common in pure bred deep chested dogs. They are claiming poison to either cash in on insurance or sourgrapes
 
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Both of my wiems had "full names" and "call signs" but on topic, the dog probably bloated its very common in pure bred deep chested dogs. They are claiming poison to either cash in on insurance or sourgrapes
Ya bloat in an issue with most of the larger breeds...
 

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So they don't know it was poison but they're saying it was poison. Brain hurt.
 

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the dog ate chocolate out of a fat owner's purse.
although chocolate will make a dog sick. it is baking chocolate that contains the amount of the chemical that will kill them. even then its a lot. antifreeze is much more dangerous
 

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although chocolate will make a dog sick. it is baking chocolate that contains the amount of the chemical that will kill them.
Mother fucker. Another factually inaccurate comedy bit from that red headed communist Louis CK.
 

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Cats can't taste sweetness. I knew they were spawn of hell.

The most common victims of theobromine poisoning are dogs,[4][5][6] for which it can be fatal. The toxic dose for cats is even lower than for dogs. However, cats are less prone to eating chocolate since they are unable to taste sweetness
A typical 20 kg (44 lb) dog will normally experience intestinal distress after eating less than 240 g (8.5 oz) of dark chocolate, but won't necessarily experience bradycardia or tachyarrhythmia unless it eats at least 0.5 kg (1.1 lb) of milk chocolate. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, baker's chocolate of approximately 1.3 g/kg (0.02 oz/lb) of a dog's body weight is sufficient to cause symptoms of toxicity.[citation needed] For example, a typical 25-gram (0.88 oz) baker's chocolate bar would be enough to produce symptoms in a 20-kilogram (44 lb) dog.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine_poisoning
 

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My dumb 100+ pound Yellow Lab crashed into me the other day when I was holding a glass of milk and a few thin mint girl scout cookies. She practically knocked me over and I dropped the cookies. She snapped them up before they hit the floor.

I knew it wasn't enough to cause any problems. But, if I told me wife all she would do is yell at me for giving the dog cookies.
 
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My dumb 100+ pound Yellow Lab crashed into me the other day when I was holding a glass of milk and a few thin mint girl scout cookies. She practically knocked me over and I dropped the cookies. She snapped them up before they hit the floor.

I knew it wasn't enough to cause any problems. But, if I told me wife all she would do is yell at me for giving the dog cookies.
Prob be ok... I'd be worried if she ate say some dark chocolate... last month Meadow decided to eat half of a bloomin onion from the trash can. Tried to make her puke with Hydrogen Peroxide but I guess it had lost it's strength. So $100 emergency vet visit later said onion was upchucked.

Oh and I had to take her to the vet a week later for a blood draw and see if she was affected... luckily she wasn't.

Protip always keep an unopened bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide handy with a syringe and dosage amount written on the bottle.
 

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Cats can't taste sweetness. I knew they were spawn of hell.





http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theobromine_poisoning

i think i said bakers chocolate. one of my wiems ate a bowl of MnM's. gave him the shits. i still have 3 quarts of hydrogen peroxide in my cupboard. there is no need to bother dosing it. just let them lap it up till they puke. shit heads were always getting into shit they shouldent
 
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i think i said bakers chocolate. one of my wiems ate a bowl of MnM's. gave him the shits. i still have 3 quarts of hydrogen peroxide in my cupboard. there is no need to bother dosing it. just let them lap it up till they puke. shit heads were always getting into shit they shouldent
That husky we were taking care of her showed Meadow the goodness of the garbage can... meh.
 

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had to put baby locks on my trash can cabinet Duncan figured out how to open it. also there was no food or trash allowed out at any times. i miss them dearly but i dont miss the aggrevation
 
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had to put baby locks on my trash can cabinet Duncan figured out how to open it. also there was no food or trash allowed out at any times. i miss them dearly but i dont miss the aggrevation
Ya we got a garbage can that the lid like clicks down... but she really hasn't shown any interest in it recently.

At least she isn't a plate sniper... you can leave food on the coffee table all night and it is there in the morning. My chicks friend has some large hound that will mug kids for food.

As for the new dog... who knows... she is very food driven. But holy shit is she scared of men... took her two days just to come up to sniff me.
 

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although chocolate will make a dog sick. it is baking chocolate that contains the amount of the chemical that will kill them. even then its a lot. antifreeze is much more dangerous
*takes notes*
 

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This is why I can't own dogs. If I came home to a torn up garbage it would be right to the end of Ol yeller.