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Detractors ignorantly allege purebred animals have weak immune systems but poisoning for profit is a much more deadly condition!


May 16, 2022

Barbara "BJ" Andrews, SAAB Member


It may happen more often than we know. We’ve all heard about top winning dogs eliminated from competition by poisoning, as recently as 2015 when a Champion Irish Setter was alleged poisoned at the Crufts Dog Show in England.



Prior to that the 2013 Samoyed story was covered by, The New York Times {Ref #1} and other major east coast news media. Animal Rights whackos were suspected but nothing was ever proven.


When a valuable animal dies an inexplicable death, insurance companies investigate before settling the claim. Such was the case in the recent death of Loaban, a valuable breeding stallion.



Laoban was the winner of Saratoga’s 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes and his death at only 9 years old is believed to be the result of using an expired medication to boost his libido to enable him to service (breed) more mares.


Accidents and careless animal care givers often appear in the same newsline. The newspaper report may have been instrumental on the North America Specialty Insurance Company’s decision to deny an insurance claim on the stallion’s life.


Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby told “With the ongoing controversy in American horse racing due to equine deaths both on and off the track and the rampant overuse of medication in the sport… we believe it imperative for the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners and Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian to investigate this matter, and report to the public its findings.


The Kentucky State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and the state director Joseph Grove have been asked to investigate the stallion’s death.


Growing up just minutes from Churchill Downs, Mr. Grove said “I’m ever more disheartened to see how poorly Thoroughbreds are regarded” adding “This horror shows that what’s really at stake is profits, not the well-being of these exquisite horses.


Marty Irby told TheDogPress “The steady stream of drug-related scandals in American horse racing is piling up. If the industry is serious about cleaning up its act and bringing integrity back to the sport, then it must embrace full transparency and take action to put the welfare of the horses first, including in the breeding shed.


Exposure of this deadly method of eliminating competition has traditionally been suppressed. hopes exposing this “unthinkable” practice will raise awareness among all animal owners and that investigators will bring killers to justice.



The 2015 poisoning at the world’s largest dog show, Cruft’s Dog Show in London, brought the subject to the forefront around the world. Reuters reported “Champion Irish setter died after its owner said it had been fed steak laced with poison.


Such incidents are not always covered because owners do not want the unfavorable publicity but there have been whispers of recent show dog poisonings elsewhere in Europe and in the United States.


We appreciate Marty Irby bringing this latest “bad news” to our attention. He is executive director at Animal Wellness Action in Washington, D.C. but we know him as an incredible eight-time World Champion equestrian. In fact, Marty was recently honored by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, II for his work to protect horses.


Note: Animal Wellness Action (AWA) is a Washington, D.C. based 501(c)(4) organization with a mission of helping animals by promoting legal standards forbidding cruelty.


Reference & Related Articles and Information: {#1} The New York Times EST 2002 © May 2022



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