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Dog Show Investigates Alleged Drugging

March 10, 2004

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) _ Organizers of Britain’s largest dog show are investigating allegations that a dog favored to win in its category performed poorly because it was given a sedative.

Clive and Nancy Evans, owner of a 22-month-old Doberman named Kerri, said their dog may have been fed a piece of contaminated meat containing a sedative just before she was to compete Saturday at the Crufts Dog Show.

``She was just not herself,″ Clive Evans said. ``She was uncoordinated, listless and lethargic.″ He said he pulled her out of the contest, fearing she would collapse.

Trevor Turner, Crufts’ chief veterinary officer, said he examined the dog afterward.

``She was quiet, subdued and a little bit wobbly on her back legs,″ Turner said. ``She showed signs of sedation, but there is no evidence of this.″

Turner said it would be impossible to confirm the allegations without a sample of blood and stomach contents.

Crufts spokesman Phil Buckley said drugging was very rare at the event, with only one case reported in the last 20 years. ``If this claim is substantiated it would be a disgrace and treated very seriously,″ Buckley said.

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