When an Irish Setter died shortly after returning from the Crufts dog show, people broke into two camps: one camp said it was most likely gastric torsion (very common), and another said it was deliberate poisoning from PETA or dog-show competitors.
Now the truth has come out and Occam's Razor wins: It was rat or insecticide poison found at home, or near home, and consumed after the Crufts dog show.
Dog poisonings from rat and insect poisons found at home, or near home, are very common.
The two poisons in this case were carbofuran and aldicarb, two common ant and insect poisons that are sold the world over, though banned in the U.S. and the EU.
I have written about these poisons before as they are the chief reason Africa's lion population has crashed from 200,000 to 30,000 in the last decade.
Because the two poisons were delivered in meat, this has to be assumed to be a deliberate poisoning.
Rather than look to England, however, the Belgian owners of this Irish Setter should be looking much closer to home.
I will bet the poisoner does not live more than a block away and has a connection to Africa or Eastern Europe.
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