Lynette Blue, the co-owner of Cruz, a three year-old Samoyed, said this was Cruz’s first time in the Westminster Dog Show. She went on to say that four days after they left the dog show and headed towards Colorado for yet another event, Cruz dropped dead on February 16.
ABC News reported that Blue as well as Cruz’s handler Robert Chaffin are “highly suspicious” over the poor dog’s death.
Blue said, “We have gone through all the steps of where he was, what was done, and he was always on a leash. He was never outside. He was always with the handler.”
Lynette Blue has had Cruz since he was a baby. She has bred Samoyeds since the 1960s.
Cruz whose full show name is GCH CH Polar Mist Cruz’N T’Party At Zamosky D was at the 18th Annual Rocky Mountain Cluster Dog Show in Denver, Colorado. He became violently sick and began vomiting blood.
Chaffin immediately took Cruz to a vet. He died of internal hemorrhaging and he was cremated before an animal autopsy could be performed.
The manager of the hotel where Chaffin and Cruz stayed in New York told Lynette Blue that the hotel does not use rat poisoning. The hotel manager insists that there is no way Cruz was poisoned at his facility.
Chaffin stated he won’t return to the Westminster Dog Show. “If I could do it all over again, I wouldn’t go to Westminster.”
“I won’t go to that show again. It’s not safe for dogs.”
Molly Comiskey is the veterinarian who treated Cruz. She disagrees with Chaffin that is the Westminster Dog Show’s fault that Cruz died.
She told the New York Times, “Dogs are dogs. It’s not anyone’s fault. They eat stuff. They get into things. They make bad decisions.”
The kennel club issues a statement that 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.”
It appears that what happened to Cruz will remain to be a mystery.
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