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New admission procedures likely after dog's death at pet show.

Summary: DUBAI -- The organisers of the Dubai Pet Show have been forced to revise its admission procedures for dogs after a poodle was mauled to death by an American Staffordshire terrier, a breed prohibited by the Dubai Municipality.

DUBAI -- The organisers of the Dubai Pet Show have been forced to revise its admission procedures for dogs after a poodle was mauled to death by an American Staffordshire terrier, a breed prohibited by the Dubai Municipality.

The incident shocked animal lovers and children at the 2012 show that claimed to have attracted 35,000 visitors and thousands of pets on Friday. The six-year-old poodle named Pluto was killed by the terrier that was brought to the venue by a group of Sri Lankan youngsters, according to Pluto's Iranian owners whose children also witnessed the ghastly incident.

A senior official at the municipality's Veterinary Services Section, that has been supporting the show along with the Police Dog Squads in all emirates, told Khaleej Times that the civic body has confiscated the terrier and is looking into the negligence by its owner and the organisers of the show. "We are testing the dog for rabies and a thorough investigation is underway. We will take the necessary actions as soon as the final report of the investigation is ready," said Ghaith Ahmed Al Falasi, head of the Veterinary Control Unit.

The owner faces a fine of Dh200 for the failure in putting appropriate muzzle on the dog while accompanying it in a public place and another Dh5,000 for the failure in taking necessary measures to prevent the dog from harming others.

"In order to improve security for 2013, Dubai Pet Show has been in continuous contact with the Dubai Municipality since Friday's event to agree on ways to strengthen security policies and processes, including how they will work together to oversee and regulate entry to any future event," the sponsors of the event, Pedigree and Whiskars, said in a statement. This followed immense criticism against the organisers by animal lovers and others who expressed concerns about the safety of the children who attended the show.

However, the organisers added that all vets and security at the event were briefed to check dogs attending the event for up-to-date vaccination status, a leash, and a muzzle for large dogs and that the dog which was involved in the incident was demonstrated to satisfy all of these regulations when it entered the event.

sajila@khaleejtimes.com

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Date:Feb 5, 2012
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