REGISTRY, BREED KENNEL CLUB NEWS
THE HERENDEEN CASE
AKC Judges’ Privacy and Legal Rights- April 2011
Do AKC Judges give up all legal rights when signing a judging application? The answer as the attorneys battle it out in Part 2 of this classic case.
Forced to give up his right to privacy and defend his
military service isn’t as painful to AKC judge Charles P. Herendeen III
as was breaking 80 years of family tradition. Click now if you
missed Part 1,
Herendeen Case Background.
Does AKC pay people to scour the internet for scraps of information or statements made by judges? After meeting all other demands, incredibly, AKC wants “official documentation” supporting his military service as a Sentry Dog handler because reference to that tidbit was found on the “info dog Website 6/9/10.”
AKC QUESTIONS… In a letter dated July 27, 2010, Herendeen is asked to provide - by August 3rd - in what years he handled, including “documentation” proving he was “a professional handler.” In addition to listing shows he “most frequently” attended to “present clients’ dogs” Judging Ops wants him to name the “top 10 breeds” he handled and finished. He is also asked to specify which years he handled Kay Finch’s Afghans, how many he finished, and to provide “their registered names and numbers.”
Noteworthy: on the day preceding the above letter, Darrel Hayes replied to Herendeen’s mother on AKC letterhead stating “Dear Rosemary, we do not have any issue or question whether Skip was a licensed handler..."
Herendeen struggles to comply, unearthing records
going back to 1974 when he applied for and was granted approval as an
There were no computers
then and who would keep handling records after having been granted Judging approval in 1997?
Even today, who would keep what we believe AKC meticulously records? Fortunately, Herendeen
met the challenge.
But there’s more. Surely AKC has litter records but Herendeen is asked what year he began breeding, which breeds he bred, and in a poor choice of words, “Please state the years whelped and include litter numbers.”
Then referring to breeds for which he is already approved to judge, AKC wants to know the number of Champions he finished in six Hound breeds, AND the “the owner(s) name AND the dog’s registered name AND registration number for each?” AKC also wants the registered names AND numbers for each Sporting and Terrier breed he finished, AND the owners’ information.
AKC wants to know his dog activities between the time he “left the service and began handling professionally.” What that has to do with anything is unknown but AKC even questions how he could have had a signed, attested-to ringside observation listed on the same day he was judging? Herendeen explains he did so while on a break and provides further substantiation.
Does AKC pay people to scour the internet for scraps of information or statements made by judges? The above demands were met but then, incredibly, AKC wants “official documentation” supporting his military service as a Sentry Dog handler because reference to that tidbit was found on the “info dog Website 6/9/10.”
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