Westminster dog poisoned, trainer says | Cruz, 3, a Samoyed dies

Dogs are presented during competition the 129th Westminster Kennel Club dog show at Madison Square Garden in this file photo in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

February 28, 2013 1:53:33 PM PST
Cruz, a 3-year-old Samoyed that competed at the Westminster Dog Show , has died.

His trainer Robert Chaffin says Cruz was poisoned, and may have been the victim of a radical animal rights activist.

Chaffin told The New York Times a stranger made a menacing remark at the Westminster Dog Show.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other animal rights groups have protested the dog shows, but said they don't sanction anything like this.