Cruz was a very beautiful pure white Samoyed whose puppy pictures could guarantee a leading role in Animal Planet’s Too Cute television show. Sadly Cruz died on Feb. 16, and the cause of his death has not been determined nor will it likely ever be.
Cruz was a contestant in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show earlier this month and stayed in a Midtown Manhattan hotel with his handler Robert Chaffin. According to the New York Times, Chaffin never allowed the prized three-year-old bundle of fluff out of his sight, but just a few days later as Cruz was getting ready to compete in a show in Lakewood, Colo., Cruz began to vomit blood.
Chaffin rushed Cruz to the Animal Care and Control Services in Lakewood where the dog was given intravenous fluids and oxygen, but a few hours later Cruz died.
Veterinarians attending to Cruz say the symptoms he presented with at the emergency facility were consistent with rodent poisoning. A three to five day time period before the poison takes effect is common; that would have been the same time Cruz was still in New York.
The New York hotel claimed they do not use harmful pesticides and also provided an exercise area for the dogs.
Chaffin told the New York Times he suspected animal activists groups for the poisoning, but admitted he could not discount that Cruz found something he wasn’t supposed to eat. Molly Comiskey, the veterinarian who treated Cruz in Colorado, said it was very unlikely the dog was poisoned on purpose and stated:
“Dogs are dogs… They eat stuff, they get into things; they make bad decisions.”
Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) who sent representatives to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show to peacefully hand out information about puppy mills and the sad consequences of over breeding, adamantly denied to the Times having had anything to do with poisoning a dog.
A Facebook posting from Polar Mist Samoyeds stated:
“Polar Mist Samoyeds February 17
Thank you to everyone who has contacted me and for their support in this extreme time of sorry. I just can’t seem to stop crying and can hardly see. I do appreciate the outpouring of support from everyone, thank you.
The poisoning took place in either Denver or at Westminster, we don’t know for sure. My heart goes out to Robert, he is totally devastated and I know he is blameless, he loved Cruz very much and took wonderful care of him. I thank him for making Cruz’s live very happy and was there with him when he died. Lynette.”
It will most likely be a forever mystery why GCHPolar Mist Cruz’n T’Party At Zamosky died on Feb. 16, 2012. His owners refused to have a necropsy performed which could have provided the cause of the dog’s death.
Rest in peace Cruz.
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