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Crufts: Kennel Club Comments on Poison Claims

10 March 2015

UK - As rumours circulate of further dog poisonings at Crufts, organisers, the Kennel Club, have responded to the furore, writes Gemma Hyland.

Crufts has been overshadowed by a media storm in recent days after an Irish setter collapsed and died in a suspected poisoning shortly after competing.

cruftsIn the days since, there's been reports of further cases of dog poisoning from owners of animals competing in the 124 year-old competition.

Despite the claims, the Kennel Club has played down any speculation that the poisonings took place at Crufts.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: 'Allegations about dogs being poisoned at Crufts are understandably distressing to dog owners and lovers, so we must make it absolutely clear that there is currently no evidence that any dog has been poisoned at Crufts.

"There have been reports about a few dogs who were unwell whilst at the show who were taken to one of the show vets and we can confirm that the vets at Crufts established no connection between sickness and poisoning.

"Whilst there is a great deal of rumour and speculation and currently no evidence of any poisoning taking place at Crufts we are very clear that anyone caught attempting to deliberately sabotage another competitor's performance, particularly if a dog's welfare is put at risk, will face severe disciplinary action, which could include a ban on competing at all Kennel Club licensed events."

Is Crufts still a British event?

The show wrapped up on Sunday with the most prestigious 'Best in Show' title handed to Knopa, a Scottish Terrier from Russia.

Also in the group was Rios, a Saluki from Grästorp, Sweden, who won Best in Group for Hounds.

There has been rising controversy over the number of foreign dogs allowed to compete at Crufts, which attracts entries from 200 breeds.

A change in quarantine laws in 2001, making it easier to transport animals abroad, is one factor being blamed for the rise in foreign entries.

Crufts entries in numbers

  • In 2009, there were 1,100 foreign entrants. This year, there were 2,987 registered to take part from 45 different countries, making up 14 per cent of the total entrants.
  • Foreign entries are largely European, with 631 French dogs, 530 from Italy and 513 from Germany.
  • This year there were 67 entrants from the United States and four from South Korea. Thailand and Brazil entered two each.

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Gemma Hyland, Editor

Gemma Hyland, Editor

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