The grand champion lamb of the Logan County Fair in Ohio may be stripped of its title after performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) were found in its system, according to Fox News.
The award-winning lamb was given a performance-enhancing diuretic, which makes muscles feel leaner and is therefore banned from competition. The Ohio Department of Agriculture is leading the investigation into lamb PED use.
Dr. Tony Forshey, the state veterinarian at the Ohio Department of Agriculture, told NBC 4 Columbus, “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.”
Diuretics provide competing animals an unfair advantage, and also contaminate the meat.
Jute Marihugh, an 11-year old shared her views on the importance of knowing how to care for animals. “It’s really important because you know how to take care of your animal,” she said. “You know if it gets sick what you do, you can inform other people about it that don’t know and it’s just a really great learning experience.”
The lamb is currently being held until its system is drug-free. It will then be sent to slaughter and taken to market.