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September 2019 Suspensions, Penalties, Reprimands

(AKC Published 9/16/2019) - click here for most recent AKC Board Minutes


American Kennel Club suspensions; search by name, state, charges, or penalty.  This is the first (1999) and ONLY compiled source of AKC reprimands and suspensions on the internet. 


We were told by a former American Kennel Club Officer that our records are more complete and searchable than AKC's own records, given that we were the first be be "online." TheDogPress.com is not however responsible for errors or omissions because the AKC Secretary can make corrections or changes after a person has been suspended. If you have any questions, please contact the American Kennel Club.


This is only the current list of AKC Suspensions. If you do not find the person you are looking for in this month's listing, see previous "compiled" links below. To QUICK-FIND a person by name, charges, penalty or keyword, on a computer press Ctrl key and the letter F, then type in the name or keyword.  On mobile devices see ii "find" functions for your "find" command.


NOTE: You must be an Insider Subscriber in order to view previous months/years suspensions to check on someone you are about to buy a dog from, co-own with, admit to your club, etc. is or has ever been suspended by AKC.

Suspensions imposed by the AKC’s Management, Disciplinary Committee, and 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. James Adams (Rogers, CT), Mr. Jessie Barringer (Lorena, TX), Ms. Pam Gilley (Strasburg, CO), Mr. Blade Kilbourne (Cheyenne, WY), Ms. Jennifer Rangel (Lompoc, CA), Ms. Karin Trevino (Melissa, TX), Mr. Thom Woodward (Battle Ground, WA)


Ms. Bethany Pearson (Elko New Market, MN) Action was taken by the Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America for conduct at its May 9, 2019 event. Ms. Pearson was charged with inappropriate, abusive or foul language directed personally at a judge. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set the penalty at a six-month event suspension and a $500 fine. (Multiple Breeds)


Ms. Vickie Lee (Stillwater, MN) Action was taken by the Cambridge Minnesota Kennel Club for conduct at its June 23, 2019 event. Ms. Lee was charged with disruptive behavior at an event, inappropriate, abusive or foul language, and disregard of published club regulations. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set a combined penalty at a three-month event suspension and a $500 fine. (Multiple Breeds)


Ms. Debra Podratz (Hector, MN) Action was taken by the Fargo-Moorhead Kennel Club for conduct at its June 1, 2019 event. Ms. Podratz was charged with inappropriate, abusive, or foul language. The Staff Committee reviewed the Event report and set a penalty at a one-month event suspension and a $500 fine. (Whippet, Cocker Spaniel)


On July 25, 2019, a Trial Board of the American Kennel Club heard charges against Ms. Stephanie Archer (Clearwater, FL). The Trial Board sustained charges of harassment, verbal. The penalty was set at a three-month event suspension and a $100 fine. (Parson Russell Terrier)


On July 25, 2019, a Trial Board of the American Kennel Club heard charges against Ms. Wendy Bettis (Riverside, CA). The Trial Board overturned charges of unsportsmanlike conduct. (Boxer)


...reprimanded Ms. Stephanie Anderson (Sioux City, IA) and imposed a $4,000 fine for circumvention of suspension. (Rottweiler)


...reprimanded Ms. Lisa Venegas (Woodward, OK) for signing a litter registration application form on behalf of the co-litter owners and sire owner without a power of attorney form on file. (Multiple Breeds)


See Previous Compiled 6 Months to 5 Year Suspensions   ~  Instant Information on AKC's Improper Treatment

AKC Suspended - 10 Years


...suspended Ms. Danielle Weitz (Franklin Lakes, NJ) from all AKC privileges for ten years and imposed a $2000 fine, effective August 13, 2019, for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club based on her violation of the AKC’s Judicial or Administrative Determination of Inappropriate Treatment Policy. (German Shepherd Dogs)


See Previous Compiled 10 Year Suspensions

AKC Suspended - 15 Year To Life


See Previous Compiled 15 Year to Life Sentences     ~     Instant Information on AKC's ii Cruelty Conviction

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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