Sadie the Scottie won best in show Tuesday at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, beating a Canadian-bred French bulldog and five other purebreds to take the top honour at the New York City competition.
The heavily favoured four-year old Scottish terrier had to wait a little longer to reach the purple podium, however, after two animal rights protestors orchestrated a brief demonstration.
Shortly after judge Elliot Weiss picked Sadie, a pair of women walked into the ring at Madison Square Garden and held signs over their head that said "Mutts Rule" and "Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs' Chances," the latter a slogan popularized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
PETA members Dana Sylvester and Hope Round were charged with criminal trespass, police said. They acted on their own, the organization said, but it supported them.
The win was Sadie's 112th best-in-show ribbon. The dog came into the show the No. 1-ranked dog in America and beat six other purebreds in the final competition: a whippet, a Brittany, a Doberman pinscher, a white toy poodle, a puri and a French bulldog.
Welland, Ont.-based breeder Shelley St. John bred the French bulldog, whose name is Im On Fire but goes by the nickname Bru.
Bru was the first French bulldog to win the non-sporting group at the show and earn a place in the final.
Demetrius, a 5½-year-old Bouvier des Flandres from southwestern Ontario, did not advance to the final round but was named best of his breed.
A total of 2,500 purebreds from 173 breeds competed at Westminster, the famed dog show that first ran in 1877.