Four dogs killed during dog show in Chennai.
15 Sep 2009
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CHENNAI: The heat and humid conditions took a toll on the four-legged participants at a dog show here on Sunday, with four dying of sunstroke and exhaustion after several rounds in the ring.Sources said three of the dogs — Rottweiler, Neapolitan Mastiff and St Bernard — were imported breeds and unsuited for hot climates. They were always housed in air-conditioned kennels. Also, they were heavy and easily got tired.Many of the participants in the 92nd and 93rd dog show organised by the Madras Canine Club alleged that their dogs were made to run more than 10 rounds, as the judge was unable to make up his mind about the winner. They said the canines usually ran two rounds in the ring for the judge to decide how well they conformed to the breed’s standard. If needed, they ran an extra round.“My dog, Zareena, was made to run 12 rounds in the hot sun and compete with the imported breeds,” said Rakesh, owner of the Rottweiler that died. “The judge could not make up his mind about which of the dogs was the best of the breed.”“It is not that any person can become a judge in a dog show. The Kennel Club of India has specified that he must have certain number of years of experience in a particular breed,” Rakesh said. “He must sit for an examination in order to get a diploma to qualify as judge.”The judge of the show was later relieved, sources said. Many also blamed the lack of adequate medical facilities and first aid for the death of the canines that were worth about Rs 2.5 lakh each.Madras Canine Club president C V Sudarshan, however, claimed that only the Rottweiler died, while three were taken to hospital for treatment for exhaustion.