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Legal Issue and
local dog Rules, plus the controversy over AKC handler
Ron Williams are the perfect lead to a
hot story later this month. We promise you a follow-up with AKC on
the disgusting Williams story. When did AKC start
mandatory DNA? And have you been
Tell us how that went. Interesting Crop &
Dock response from a reader-Veterinarian, let us hear from
Crop & Dock History
- Mr. Lanting stated that tail docking is "nearly completely painless"
and the pup immediately forgets about it. He offers no proof that
cutting through the caudal spine with all its nerves and tendons is
painless. The pup probably will not form a memory of the act, but there
are cases where dogs have chronic tenderness or even pain at the site of
the crop. Why did he not also address the unnecessary practice of
cutting off the first digit of the dog's front paws - the misnamed dew
claws? This is only practiced in the USA (and now Canada), and was
started by the show people to make the front legs look more "elegant."
It is illegal to do this in some European countries. There is no
substantiated functional or medical reason to remove them but
veterinarians like the extra income, today even removing them on mixed
breeds. The excuse the claws might get terribly hurt is belied by all of
the working hounds, sporting dogs and open field coursing dogs, let
alone the wild canids, who never have dewclaws removed. The front
"dewclaw" is firmly attached and its ligaments support the carpals (the
"wrist") of dogs and so have a function. Removing them is correctly
called mutilation. Taking them off does cause pain even at 3 - 5 days of
age as the nerves of the face and front feet are the most developed at
birth. Again, the pups will not form a long-term memory of the event,
but why mutilate for no reason other than having one less nail to clip
or making the legs look smoother? Sincerely,
Janice Koler-Matznick, M.S., A.C.A.A.B. Kandu Rhodesian Ridgebacks
Ron Williams -
Hello, I may be
wrong but isn't Ron Williams the handler who flipped his rig full of dogs while
"racing" to see who could get from one show to the next the fastest? This was
during one of the VA-MD circuits back in the late 90s. That landed him in jail,
at least temporarily, and I thought it had taken him out of the handling world
altogether, unfortunately it appears his absence was short-lived.
am more incensed by the lack of concern by AKC than anything else. What type of
organization is this??
The thing that stands out in every case in this article is a lack of common
sense on the part of the owners of these dogs! Alcohol and/or violence is
repeatedly mentioned in each case. What kind of person would leave their animal
for any reason whatsoever with someone they had little personal knowledge of
that, in some cases, lived hours away and that had appeared drunk either on the
phone or in person at any time? Would they have considered hiring a drunk,
abusive driver to teach their child to drive or take him to school in the
mornings? Based on the evidence I’ve just read, I’m not so sure they
wouldn’t! Crates were also a common denominator in these cases—no mention of
runs, which should have been a tip off to these people from the beginning.
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- wow Dennis, I'm impressed with your prompt
response.... Thanks for also putting so much effort into your newsletter, I
really do learn a ton and enjoy reading it. And HEADlines’ topics really create
a huge discussion at any shows I attend... it is nice that breeders are thinking
and sharing ideas and I think it is great to be the newsletter that is
stimulating that communication.
AKC for an inspection.
I bred GSD for 38 years, all in outside pens on "chapel hill grit"...a nice
drainable rough sand type surface... and yet, after only 18 years of breeding
the Russell terriers and an occasional GSD litter (and an online assault from a
renowned cyber bully that has AKC pull). I was told it was because i had "more
than 2-3 litters"...BUT in the same breath, I was told they didn't care if I was
a "puppy mill" or "commercial breeder" as long as I was "taking proper care of
the dogs"...WHAT!!!!!!!!!! I was sited because he saw a flea on a couple of my
outside pets running around (I live on 20A with horses/ woods/etc.) and use
every available product to protect these animals...non of which are doing a
perfect job. He also cited me because I had "litter" in the pens (play toys for
the dogs" and some weeds (these are outside pens, under trees with cedar mulch,
and yes, there is some naturally occurring vegetation in some pens in the
summer...so!!!). He said the dogs all looked happy, fit and healthy.....but why
the visit, I asked, after all of this time? No good response. He said he could
understand if I was breeding for show dogs, that with 16 Russell Terriers and 4
GSD, I would have more than 1-2 litters a year. He briefly glanced at only a
couple of my records, seemed satisfied that I knew what I was doing and told me
he really wanted every dog on the place (including retired breeders, pets, etc.)
to have a collar with ID (the GSD do) or microchips (on all of the Russell
terriers). What surprised and amazed me was his attitude about the "puppy mills"
and commercial breeders. As far as I can tell...it's just all about $$$$, since
the shows are not bringing in what they used to. Perhaps the feeds should not be
so high and there would be more patronage. I know I haven't been able to show as
much as I did in 2010 and 2011 because of gas, fees, hotel bills, (and hospital
bills for me from a bout of 13 years with Lyme's I got WHILE WORKING IN AN
ANIMAL SHELTER TRYING TO GET DOGS ADOPTED.
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is running for Sheriff again in Maricopa County in AZ. One of his ads shows
stacks of dogs in metal crates... and it seems he is blindly (?) endorsing HSUS.
Could be the
reports in TheDogPress need amending.
- I am looking for the case that starting the DNA testing for Sires with AKC. A
breeder was telling me the story, but I am looking for the actual case. There
are breeders requesting AKC to have both Sire and Dam Testing. They spent good
money on dogs to only find out that they are mixed. Thanks.
*Editors Note* try
AKC Conditional Registration from 2007
- Hello, I just moved to Warren County, Virginia and the planning and zoning
for the county has decided to draft a 2 page memorandum to amend their
regulations for “kennels” in the county (kennel to them means anyone housing
more than 4 dogs). We breeders, boarders and such in the county are looking for
any help with this and I can send you copies of the present regs and what is
proposed to change these rules in the next month. We have already contacted the
Virginia Federation of Kennels and Breeders and we are looking for anyone else
who could help squash this nonsense. If you have any advice please let us know.
Thanks so much in advance,
W. Tenney and other breeders within the county. Gethsemane Mountain Ranch
– I just bought 2 retired females Coton de Tulear who were represented
to be certified healthy by specialists. I took them to Vet, they had
horrible dental, swollen gums, teeth caked with black plaque and several
loose and falling out as well as paternal luxetel (major congenital knee
issues as well as kennel cough. 5 grand later, I could get both dogs
healthy. Contract says no guarantee for retired dogs health, no money
back for retired dogs; although breeder represented they were healthy.
They had a plethora of health screenings annually. My Vet says no way,
do not return girls to breeder, it would be more "dogmane" to take the
animals to the Humane society, where they will be given proper health
care and let them put up for adoption. Who should I call to determine
how to best deal with these issues? Shall I just do a small claims court
case? I am in CA, she’s 3.5 hours away. Thanks for any direction, with
warm personal regards,
Editor's Note: Renee, I
trust some of our readers will reply directly to you! We are
working on a similar story as regards legal recourse for later this
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