Crufts organiser, the Kennel Club, has seen the toxicology report and can confirm that Jagger died after ingesting fast-acting poison (carbofuran and aldicarb - both banned in the EU so not easy to get hold of) some 28 hours or more after attending Crufts. The timescales involved in this sad story strongly indicate that the poison was almost certainly eaten in Belgium and helps to put the rumours of other poisoning incidents happening at Crufts to bed.
The tragic death from poisoning of 'Jagger' the Irish Setter from Belgium has shocked and saddened any of us who own a pet. The news has also devastated the showing world. The Belgian police are apparently investigating the incident with full cooperation from The Kennel Club as further reports are awaited.
The lack of genetic diversity caused by inbreeding greatly increases the likelihood that recessive genes, which cause debilitating afflictions, will be passed along to puppies. As a result, roughly one in four purebred dogs suffers from serious congenital defects, such as hypothyroidism, epilepsy, cataracts, allergies, heart disease and hip dysplasia - a disease that can lead to crippling, lameness and painful arthritis.
Many people will be horrified to learn that underneath the glossy veneer of the UK's biggest beauty pageant for dogs, lies the ugly fact that the way some of our favourite breeds of dog have been bred to look, can cause them chronic discomfort, pain and suffering throughout their lives and can even lead to their premature or painful deaths.