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Top German shepherd, Long Island's Fanucci, drops out of Westminster

Fanucci, a German shepherd, poses with handler Sue

Fanucci, a German shepherd, poses with handler Sue Condreras in summer 2017 in upstate New York. Photo Credit: Kenneth Beatty / Sue Condreras via AP

A Farmingville German shepherd that survived a brutal highway accident a few years ago is out of Westminster, and his show career might be over.

Fanucci was unable to walk into the ring Monday, the first day of two days of America's most prestigious dog show.

His owners think he might have been nipped by a playful puppy recently, or perhaps he shook his ear too hard and broke a blood vessel.

The 5-year-old was considered by many the nation's top German shepherd. But his left ear, the one closest to the judge, bubbled up and knocked him out of the competition.

Fanucci's right rear leg was shattered in 2014 when he jumped out of a van that was being towed. He was injured so badly his owners considered euthanizing him.

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