The world's most famous dog show was hit by controversy over the weekend with the death a prize-winning Red Setter amid allegations of poisoning and foul play.
Thendara Satisfaction, better known as Jagger, came second in his class at the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England on Thursday but collapsed and died the day afterwards on his return to his native Belgium.
The owners have claimed that the dog had been poisoned during his time at the event, the U.K. equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show. Co-owner Dee Milligan Bott posted Saturday on her Facebook page saying that an autopsy had revealed that the dog had eaten cubes of beef that contained two to three different types of poison.
"The timings from the autopsy make it clear the only place this could have been given to Jagger was while on his bench at Crufts," she said on the social media site.
The owners say that they have contacted the Belgian police and CCTV footage of the event in being investigated and exact toxicology reports are also excepted. Jagger was one of several dogs brought to the event by the owners, whose Thendara Pot Noodle also won best of breed. The different dogs from the same kennel had changed places after one became agitated about being near a bitch in season, according to a report by the U.K.'s Dogworld website on Sunday.
"It's been suggested that someone's really got it in for us, and to not let it get to us. There do seem to be too many coincidences. You go to shows trying to win, and one of our dogs is on a roll at the moment, and our kennel had a good day at Crufts on Thursday. We're very proud of our record and maybe some people aren't happy," Milligan Bott said, according to Dogworld.
"Sometimes you can't prove anything but you know in your gut what has happened and that something very untoward is going on."
On Sunday, Milligan Bott posted again on Facebook to give more context on her earlier comments and iterated that she didn't want dog shows to become "a ground of finger pointing and suspicion."