(DOG SHOWS) There has been much speculation lately over whether a prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show earlier this month. Lynette Blue, the dog’s guardian, believes her 3-year-old prizewinning Samoyed named Cruz swallowed poison while at the show in Lakewood, Colorado, as his symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison. And while the cause of death still remains unclear, Cruz’s handler, Robert Chaffin, believes extreme animal rights activists may have been to blame. But PETA co-founder and president Ingrid Newkirk said “it makes no sense whatsoever” that an animal rights activist would ever harm an animal. Others speculate jealousy between competitors could be the culprit. On the other hand, questions have also been raised regarding dog shows in general, and particularly the American Kennel Club’s involvement (i.e. it will not permit neutered or spayed dogs in shows, but a debarked animal is allowed). To read more on this case, read the New York Times article below. — Global Animal

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The 3-year-old prizewinning Samoyed named Cruz died just four days after the Westminster Kennel Club show in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo Credit: Facebook

Read the New York Times article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/sports/death-of-dog-after-westminster-leaves-handler-suspicious.html?src=recg&_r=0