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Suspensions imposed by the AKC’s Management, Disciplinary Committee, or AKC Event Committees;
Suspended/Reprimands - 5 Years or Less
The American Kennel Club Secretary's page states the following statement:
"As a result of an Event Committee determination the following individual stands suspended of AKC privileges. It should be noted that this determination may still be appealed and may be reversed. Upon expiration of the appeal process, an appropriate notice describing the status of the individual’s suspension, if any, will appear in this column:" (names appeared on AKC's page in exactly this context) Mr. Dennis Witzke (Sherman, CT)
...suspended Mr. Christopher Benskin (Saint Francis, MN) from all AKC privileges for five years and imposed a $2,000 fine, effective January 13, 2020, for his violation of the AKC’s Unauthorized Use of Club Funds policy. (German Shorthaired Pointers, German Wirehaired Pointers)
...suspended the following individuals for five years and imposed a $1,000 fine, for refusal to make their dogs and records available for inspection when requested: Eff. Jan. 13, 2020; Ms. Radmila Clark (Oregon, MO) Labrador Retriever, Beagles | Ms. Becky Davis (Bardstown, KY) Siberian Huskies | Ms. Alicia Housley (Clinton, AR) Multiple Breeds | Ms. Angela Nolen (Martinsville, VA) Multiple Breeds
...suspended Mr. Ken Fargey (Elk, WA) from all AKC privileges for three years and imposed a $2,500 fine, effective January 13, 2020, for neglect at or in connection with an event. (Poodles)
...suspended the following individuals from registration privileges for six months and imposed a $500 fine, eff. Jan. 13, 2020, for submission of an application containing a false certification as to the signature of one of the owners: Effective January 13, 2020 Ms. Audrey Meadows (Bremen, GA) Great Danes Mr. Carsten Pedersen (Rougon, LA) Boxers
...suspended the following
individuals for six months and imposed a $500 fine, for
noncompliance with AKC’s record keeping and dog
identification requirements: Eff. Oct. 15, 2019 Mr. Abe Ward
(Pomeroy, OH) Bulldogs | Eff. Jan. 13, 2020 Ms. Mary Corbett
(Topsham, VT) Smooth Fox Terriers
The Trial Board of the AKC heard charges against Mr. Carlos Carrizo (Alta Loma, CA). The Board sustained charges of impairing a club’s ability to retain a site and disregard of published club regulations. The penalty was set at a three-month event suspension and a $500 fine. (English Setter, Bernese Mountain Dog)
Mr. John Becker (Sleepy Hollow, NY) Action was taken by the Longshore Southport Kennel Club for conduct at its October 13, 2019 event. Mr. Becker was charged with failure to control a dog at an event. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set the penalty as a 45-day event suspension and $200 fine. (Border Collie)
...suspended Ms. Patricia Emmett (Carmel, CA) from event privileges for one month and imposed a $200 fine, eff. Jan. 13, 2020, for inappropriate public criticism of a judge, not disruptive, but demonstrating lack of sportsmanship. (Samoyeds)
Ms. Marika Foreman (Somerville, NJ) Action was taken by the Southern New Jersey Cocker Spaniel Club for conduct at its September 5, 2019 event. Ms. Foreman was charged with failure to control a dog at an event. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set the penalty at a reprimand and a $200 fine. (Pumik)
Mr. Scott Brown (Elyria, OH) Action was taken by the Lorrain County Kennel Club for conduct at its October 27, 2019 event. Mr. Brown was charged with inappropriate, abusive, or foul language. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set the penalty at a reprimand and a $100 fine.
...reprimanded the following individuals for signing AKC documents, on behalf of others without a Power of Attorney form on file with AKC: Ms. Lisa Hedstrom (Wilton, ND) Brittanys Mr. D. Scott Mirgon (Cabot, AR) German Shorthaired Pointers Ms. Jessica O’Dell (New Tripoli, PA) Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Ms. Mary Smith (Palmyra, IN) Yorkshire Terriers
AKC Suspended - 10 Years
...suspended the following individuals from all AKC privileges for ten years and imposed a $2000 fine, for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club based on their violation of the AKC’s Judicial or Administrative Determination of Inappropriate Treatment Policy: Eff. Jan. 13, 2020 Mr. Gary Felts (Kingsley, IA) Rottweilers | Ms. Cathie Warren (Libby, MT) Multiple Breeds
AKC Suspended - 15 Year To Life
...suspended Mr. Jordan James Johnson (Richburg, SC & Chiang Mai Thailand) from all AKC privileges for a lifetime and imposed a $10,000 fine, effective May 13, 2019, for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club based on their violation of the AKC’s Judicial or Administrative Determination of Inappropriate Treatment Policy. (Doberman Pinscher)
Article XII Complaint filed by Cress and Sheaffer Against the American Boerboel Club - The Board reviewed a complaint submitted by Anita Cress “Cress” and Bob Sheaffer “Sheaffer” against the American Boerboel Club “ABC” on May 3, 2018, in accordance with Section 1, Article XII of the Charter and Bylaws of the American Kennel Club. The Board of Directors VOTED to deny jurisdiction of Cress and Sheaffer’s complaint.
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