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Weekend Picks: Crufts 2017

The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham: Saturday & Sunday.

Credit: Crufts.

Crufts is said to be the world's largest dog show and it's held at the NEC in Birmingham every year.

Organised by the Kennel Club, the event takes place over four days and ends with the famous 'Best in Show competition.'

Named after founder Charles Cruft, it now attracts 140,000 dog fans with around 22,000 dogs taking part and 2.5 million watching on TV at home.

This year the event will focus on the plight of homeless and mistreated dogs.

You can see more about what events you can expect to seehere.

Kennel Club: 'No evidence any dog was poisoned'

Jagger Credit: akdene.be

They say a post-mortem examination found meat laced with poison in Jagger's stomach.

It is now claimed a Shih-Tzu breed dog has also died.

However, the organisers of Crufts, the Kennel Club, says there is currently no evidence any dogs were poisoned.

Caroline Kisko is from the Kennel Club Secretary:

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Kennel Club issues stern warning over 'sabotage'

The owners of Irish setter Jagger believe he was poisoned at Crufts. Credit: akdene.be

The Kennel Club has told ITV News that it will take "severe disciplinary procedures" against any member caught "attempting to deliberately sabotage another competitor's performance" after claims that an Irish setter named Jagger was allegedly poisoned at Crufts.

It added that rumours other dogs may also have become sick at the leading International dog show were "unsubstantiated" and said: "We can confirm that no vets have raised concerns about poisoning and there have been no official complaints from any owners at Crufts 2015."

The latest statement from the Kennel Club is below:

"The facts surrounding Jagger’s sad death are still being established and we must stress that any other unsubstantiated rumours about dogs being poisoned are just that at this point.

There are any number of reasons why a dog may display symptoms such as sickness and should a dog fall sick there are vets at the show who will examine the dog in question and file a report.

We can confirm that no vets have raised concerns about poisoning and there have been no official complaints from any owners at Crufts 2015.

"We are aware that there are reports in the press regarding a number of breeds. If anybody has any have any information we urge anyone to come forward to report the matter as soon as possible by emailing press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk.

"As with any international competition rumours of sabotage do occasionally surface. This of course is not in the spirit of competition and will not be tolerated.

Anyone caught attempting to deliberately sabotage another competitor’s performance, particularly if a dog’s welfare is put at risk, will face severe disciplinary procedures which could include a ban on competing at all Kennel Club licensed events.

Furthermore anyone who puts a dog’s welfare at risk could face prosecution under the Animal Welfare Act.”

– A Crufts spokesperson
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Co-owners 'can't think another exhibitor' poisoned dog

The Belgium co-owners of Jagger, the dog that died of suspected poisoning after its appearance at world-renowned dog show Crufts, have insisted that they do not think another exhibitor killed their animal.

Speaking to the press outside their home, Willem and Aleksandra Lauwers said "hopefully Jagger was just the wrong dog, in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

Mr Lauwers added that the couple did not want the entire dog breeding world to be tarnished by what happened to Jagger.

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Identical dog Noodle was 'intended poison target'

Credit: ITV News

A dog called Jagger, who died after being poisoned at Crufts, was not the intended target, it has been claimed.

Jagger's owners believe this almost identical looking Setter called Noodle was.

He had won Best of Breed on the day Jagger competed and the dogs switched benches at the last minute.

But vets say more tests will be needed on Jagger to establish how he died.

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