Skip to comments.Pennsylvania man accused of drugging rival husky at Wheaton dog show
Posted on 06/02/2011 11:10:29 PM PDT by Jim 726
A Pennsylvania man charged with drugging a Siberian husky to give his girlfriends dog a better shot at winning a suburban kennel club show will go to trial to fight the charges.
Ralph Ullum, 68, is accused of slipping the rival show dog two human drugs Protonix and Benadryl during an American Kennel Club show last December at the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton.
But Ullams attorney said his client never gave Pixie the husky any pills and never needed to because the show already had ended, with his girlfriends dog grabbing the best in show prize.
Mr. Ullum denies he gave any pills to the dog, Edward Maloney said Thursday following a court hearing.
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Could be a drug-sniffing dog. The schools are full of them these days.
The lesson to learn from this story is, Don’t commit any interesting crimes.
I’m not seeing any duplicate thread with this story. Perhaps I missed it.
Drugging another person’s dog—disgraceful.
Sad doggie ping
Huskies are beautiful dogs
(but then, I’m partial to the spitz breeds.)
>> Huskies are beautiful dogs
No doubt among the coolest looking dogs, especially mixed eyes.
Human tranquilizers do not always interact in quite the same way on canine as human systems.
Ketamine for animals, Vicoden and Perkoset for humans. Ketamine can also be used on humans, but it is not recommended, unless you want to feel like gumby for 12 hours.
I dunno...I’ve heard more than one vet recommendation for a small dose of Benadryl to animals of various sorts with respiratory symptoms. Not sure about being used as a tranquilizer, but I do know a tiny pinch dissolved in a rat’s water bottle was supposedly quite helpful.
No, I don’t know how it worked, or why, and for all I know it was simply voodoo and the final dose was meaninglessly tiny. I do know the rat’s owner swore the vet told her to do it and the rat seemed immensely more comfortable after.
my first thought exactly...
I would hope so. If you had a valuable dog, and were competing it, and upon calling the vet (bills!) to vomit the dog, discovered that pills had been given your dog, I would guess you would be pretty ticked off.
That is definitely arrest worthy. I would be furious. I would lump that in with robbing a house or vandalizing property.
The husky’s owner knew something was wrong when the dog began chanting, “Barack Hussein Obama mmm mmm mmm!”
I have a Cairn who is crazy-neurotic when it comes to thunder storms and fireworks. Long story short, we were on vacation and the poor dog was crazy due to the all the fireworks. I called the vet and she advised Benadryl. Later, we got some doggy “feel good” pills that do a better job. So, yes, you can give Benadryl but the amount is limited (like with all drugs). Just a thought.
Benadryl is often used for dogs, esp to treat allergies (I’ve used it, in fact it was especially helpful after snakebite). It might be likely to make a show dog sleepy and not show well. Not sure what the other drug would do.
I saw this article previously (not here) and some things in the article sounded like this guy may or may not have done what he’s accused of. You have to remember, show people can act like kids, accusing each other of all sorts of things. I don’t know what the history with these people is, but it’s possible that there is a history of things, and who knows the background. I wouldn’t be too quick to believe either one of them.
And the dog could have easily gotten the drugs off the floor or anywhere on the show grounds. They could have fallen out of someone’s pocket or purse, etc. I’ve had my dogs suck up the oddest things (and if you have dogs you know exactly what I mean!).
I got pups for Christmas, and they would sometimes whine and bark at night. A friend recommended Benedryl. I gave them the pill specifically for kids, and it worked like a charm.
I no longer want to strangle my dogs at 3 am, which is a good thing.
We started to tranquilize it in the last few years.
My mother simply gave it a shot before the family went out, and made sure it was still breathing when the family returned.
My current batch of dogs are quite used to big bangs. It is a training technique. Bring the dog to heal on a lead tied to your leg, and bang off a bunch of shotgun rounds.
The pup will freak for a moment, then look into your eyes. Look back, then fire again... They get the message that if you are not scared, then they shall not be scared.
My grandparents and parents have trained animals for 40 years.
I currently civilize feral cats, for fun.
“I currently civilize feral cat, for fun”
Well, you certainly have a dangerous side to you. LOL. I am guessing that the feral cat training doesn’t involve shooting a gun over their head. Seriously, my next dog... I am doing your training technique. You can’t explain that the booms are simply noise and some of the larger dogs can get into trouble. Our vet reported that one GSD got so scared that he jumped through a set of windows. Lots of stitches and treatment for dehydration when they found him miles away several days later.
The pills we use have to be given at least 8 hours before the fireworks to get the full glassy eyed, tongue hanging out, druggie look. What is sad is that the kids will actually laugh out loud if we take him outside to do his business. Okay, watching a dog lift his leg and then just fall over and start tinkling is sort of amusing.
>>> “Ive heard more than one vet recommendation for a small dose of Benadryl to animals of various sorts with respiratory symptoms. Not sure about being used as a tranquilizer...”
Allergy meds like Benadryl usually warn about drowsiness, so that makes sense.
From her first rabies vac, my one dog had a bad reaction. So for the renewal of rabies and one of the other vacs, the vet has me dose the dog 50mg at thirty minutes before the shot, and then I think it’s every 4-6 hours after for the day.
This dog was very lucky. I have a friend who recently lost a young dog to poisoning with warfarin. The ONLY place the dog could have gotten it was at a dog show where she had taken it.
She’s been showing dogs for well over 40 years and is devastated.
There’s a special place in hell for those who do this sort of thing.
A lot of gun-shy Labs wind up in rescue or dumped because people tried the sudden introduction method and it failed. We've seen the results at the hunting club, it's not pretty.
I have three hunting retrievers who LOVE loud reports, the bigger the better (might mean bigger and better ducks, right?) I used the gradual introduction method, and so does everybody in our club. If your dog's a retriever, throw bumpers, if not, feed the dog while a friend fires a cap pistol a good distance away. If the dog doesn't flinch or startle, have them move closer gradually. Ignore the noise, don't even mention it to your dog, just keep feeding or throwing. The idea is to associate the noise with FUN. Step it up to a blank pistol (I use an old .38 S&W with primed empty shells), then to shotgun primers, then to AKC "poppers".
My dogs are all staunch to any kind of report, including fireworks, thunder, and car backfires. They're also de-bolted and force fetched.
Thanks. I definitely wanted a training method since I have noticed our dog really suffers from this fear. What is weird is that the older Boston Terrier couldn’t care less. The youngest, a GSD, “feeds” off of the Cairns fear and he becomes nervous. It is one thing to clean up after a Cairn and quite another from a 110 pound GSD... I have literally used a shovel in the house. A SHOVEL! Plus, he tried to “hide” under the end table thus I needed a new end table.
Yeah, I know it reacts that way with many people, so not a huge surprise if it does in animals as well...it’s the same stuff as one type of OTC sleeping pills, even. OTOH, it’s fairly well known some folks react paradoxically...and I wasn’t sure if that was the case with animals as well!
Now that you mention it, I HAVE heard of parents giving it to their kids for plane flights, only to have it backfire on them. Whoopsie!
I AM Gumby for 12 hours.
I want to feel HUMAN again.