County fair award-winning lamb tests positive for performance enhancing drugs

A local Ohio county fair award-winning lamb has been stripped of its title after it tested positive for an illegal performance-enhancing drug.

Franklin Kinney, 11, a middle school student at Indian Lake, was the proud winning exhibitor at the Logan County Junior Fair in Bellefontaine where his lamb was named grand champion on July 10.

However the title has been stripped from Kinney and the lamb after it was given a required urine test before it was sent to the slaughterhouse and was found to have the diuretic Lasix in its system.

Performance enhancing drugs are banned from livestock competitions because though they boost an animal’s muscles and appearance, they can contaminate the meat and be harmful for human consumption.

A lamb who won the grand champion title at the Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine, Ohio last week is under investigation after illicit drugs were found in its system. The winning lamb pictured with exhibitor 11-year-old Franklin Kinney (in orange)

A lamb who won the grand champion title at the Logan County Fair in Bellefontaine, Ohio last week is under investigation after illicit drugs were found in its system. The winning lamb pictured with exhibitor 11-year-old Franklin Kinney (in orange)

The title has been stripped from Kinney and the lamb after it was given a required urine test before it was sent to the slaughterhouse and was found to have the diuretic Lasix in its system.

The title has been stripped from Kinney and the lamb after it was given a required urine test before it was sent to the slaughterhouse and was found to have the diuretic Lasix in its system.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture said the grand champion market lamb, who was showed in the fair from July 7 to 13, tested positive for diuretics before it was sent to slaughter, according to WCMH.

It’s not clear just how the drugs got into the lamb’s system. The County Fair board as a zero tolerance policy when it comes to Lasix.

‘We don’t know how it got in there, and we may never know. But it’s the exhibitor’s responsibility to present an animal to the fair for competition that’s free of all of those,’ said Dr. Tony Forshey, the state veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

The grand champion lamb was urine tested and found to have the diuretic Lasix in its system which can be used as a weight loss drug to make animals appear more muscular

The grand champion lamb was urine tested and found to have the diuretic Lasix in its system which can be used as a weight loss drug to make animals appear more muscular

Board officials said they ‘tested and retested’ the lamb’s urine to assure the results were correct.

As a result, the lamb is stripped of all prizes and awards. The title of Logan Count Junior Fair grand champion market lamb has been vacated, but no replacement will be named, officials say.

The lamb sold for $3,925 to a large group of buyers in the Friday night livestock auction at the fair. Officials say the market value money received for the lamb can be kept, as per the Bellefontaine Examiner.

The diuretics give animals a unfair advantage when it comes to show as it dehydrates and makes muscles leaner – but it’s harmful when it comes to consumption.

Animals shown in the market county fair competition are typically sent off to the slaughter house afterwards.

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