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Purebred Dogs Website
Members will note that Dogs Victoria’s ‘Amend the Bill’ website is currently on hold as it is being updated with new content to reflect the changes in our campaign and to support our ongoing promotion of purebred dogs.
The new site will still maintain our central message of ‘keeping puppies in the home’ but we also need to prepare for the outcome of consultations with the Government over the amended Bill.
We understand the urgency in getting the new site up ASAP, so stay tuned for further updates.
Application Organisation Update
Dogs Victoria has Codes of Practice relating to breeding and these are the Codes that have been under particular scrutiny by the Victorian Government as part of our Applicable Organisation renewal due May 31st.
Earlier this week we received a clearer indication of selected areas of our Code that the Department (DEDJTR) would like to see us develop. Although details are still being worked through, any changes to our Codes must go through due process within Dogs Victoria to be ratified. We are now working steadily through the material with the intent of meeting the obligations required to achieve a successful renewal of our AO status.
More news will be provided to members in coming weeks.
Victorian Government’s Responsible Pet Education Program - Can you help us?
The Responsible Pet Ownership Program is calling for applications from enthusiastic people to be part of our fun education program in Metro North West Melbourne.
Pet Educators and their dogs visit Kindergartens and Primary Schools throughout Victoria teaching children about dog safety and responsible pet ownership. Read more
If you enjoy working with children and own a friendly, well socialized dog that lives with you, we would love to hear from you.
Suitability testing will be held on Thursday 4th May with an immediate start for successful applicants.
French Bulldog Taskforce
Click here for latest ANKC Press Release regarding the French Bulldog Taskforce
040317ANKC Press Release _French Bulldog Taskforce.pdf
Applicable Organisation Status
Dogs Victoria has had its Applicable Organisation status extended until 31st May 2017.
We received confirmation from Minister Pulford’s office on the status of our Applicable Organisation (AO) application just before 5pm today. In her letter, the Minister says “I have asked my department to work closely with you during this period to enhance your application with a view to securing Dogs Victoria’s status as an Applicable Organisation for the longer term.”
Dogs Victoria is encouraged by this news, and is looking forward to working more closely with the Department in the coming weeks.
More information will be provided to members next week.
KCC Park - Area Restriction
We wish to remind members that the grassed area beyond Exhibition Area 7 at KCC Park is out of bounds due to land development currently in progress. A map of our State Dog Centre can be viewed here Map of KCC Park.pdf
Signage will be erected shortly to alert all visitors to the Park of this restriction.
Dogs Victoria thanks its members and visitors for their patience as we strive to improve facilities at KCC Park.
Compliments, Complaints, Feedback, Suggestions - a members only service
If you’ve got something you want to say about Member Services at the Dogs Victoria office, we now have a dedicated email address for you to use.
When you send email to email@example.com it will be circulated directly to the Chief Executive and others within Dogs Victoria. This service is for members only, regarding Member Services. Your feedback will help Dogs Victoria better serve our members and their dogs.
ANKC Ltd Press Release - 9 March 2017 - French Bulldogs
The following link details the press release issued today from the ANKC
090317ANKC Press Release _French Bulldogs.pdf
Victorian Canine Association - Elections 2017
The results of the VCA Management Committee elections are as follows:-
Pursuant to rule 2.73 of the VCA Inc, I hereby certify the results of the 2017 Victorian Canine Association election for the management committee of the VCA.
The scrutiny and count for this election was conducted on Thursday 2 March 2017 at the Victorian Electoral Commission and the following first preference votes were polled by the candidates:
HOWLETT-TRAHAR, Louise 146
ROBINSON, Jan 572
HAYNES, Sally 522
WILLS, Julie 214
GRUTZNER, Pauline 385
GILBERT, Kylie 200
Candidates Jan Robinson, Sally Haynes and Pauline Grutzner received the quota number of votes to be elected which was 340. A distribution of preferences was conducted to fill the remaining two vacancies on the committee.
Following the distribution of preferences the total number of votes for Julie Wills was 412, Kylie Gilbert 351 votes and Louise Howlett-Trahar 252
Accordingly, I declare Jan Robinson, Sally Haynes and Pauline Grutzner elected for a term of four years and Julie Wills and Kylie Gilbert elected for a term of two years on the VCA Management Committee.
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE
I am very excited to connect with you on my first week as CE of Dogs Victoria. It is an immense privilege to be a part of this organisation in such complex times.
There is no denying we face significant challenges, I see this as a transition period in animal welfare in this country. I am very much engaged in navigating the hurdles and calling on my strengths (and contacts) to see Dogs Victoria emerge and take a distinctive leadership position as a true representative organisation promoting healthy pedigree dogs and responsible dog ownership.
Over the past weeks I have met with a variety of Dogs Victoria management and consultants and we have all agreed to strengthen our resolve to the face these challenges head on, with a commitment to broaden our lines of communication internally to our members and externally to the public. I’ll be updating you more on these initiatives soon.
I would like to express my thanks to outgoing CE Wayne Fleming who graciously shared his insights with me over the past few days. I am looking forward to working with the talented team at Dogs Victoria, as well as meeting members at events throughout the year.
Moving forward I hope collectively we can achieve successful outcomes, not just within the legislative space, but for all Dogs Victoria members and stakeholders.
Press Release - Canine Research Foundation : 2018 Grants
The following link details the latest Press Release via the ANKC from Canine Research Foundation.
ANKC Rule Review Submissions & Meetings
The timetable for the review of the ANKC Rule Books for Tracking, Track & Search and/or Endurance has now been set.
See attached link for timetable and key dates - 2017 Rule Review - Submissions and Meeting Notice.doc (word) OR
2017 Rule Review - Submissions and Meeting Notice.pdf (PDF)
OTEC wish to remind members that the closing date for submissions is 10 April 2017 and draw attention to the specific format and process to follow when submitting suggested changes, as detailed in linked document.
CHANGE TO ANKC REGULATION
The ANKC have changed the regulations relating to runner up in group at championship shows.
Points will now be awarded to exhibit that receive runner up in group
New runner up in group points
ANKC Regulations Park 5 Show, Section 7.4 Championship Points System
7.4.2e Runner up to best in group
Runner up to best in group - each runner up in the recognised seven groups - 10 points less than the best in group winner or 6 points whichever is higher
126.96.36.199 The points awarded under 7.4.2e shall not accumulate and shall, in no case, exceed 15 points at any one show for runner up best in group or runner up to best exhibit in show.
Announcement – Appointment of Chief Executive
The Management Committee of Dogs Victoria has concluded a rigorous recruitment process to appoint a new Chief Executive with the skills and experience needed to meet the future challenges Dogs Victoria and our members face.
Over fifty applications were received for the position and the standard was very high. At the conclusion of interviews, two outstanding candidates were invited to do a presentation last night to the entire Management Committee, whose members were then vested with the responsibility to choose the new CE.
We are pleased to announce the Management Committee has appointed Dr Timothy Adams as CE. Tim will join the organisation in February. Tim is a Veterinarian and has additional tertiary qualifications as an MBA. He brings to Dogs Victoria extensive advocacy experience at all levels of Government and with animal organisations, has strategic media and communications experience and proven financial and business acumen derived from working with previous businesses and groups in the Animal industry.
Management Committee wishes to acknowledge the selfless dedication and service Wayne Fleming has made to Dogs Victoria, initially as President then as Acting CE. Wayne stepped up to lead the organisation during a period of adversity and uncertainty and we owe a great debt of gratitude to him.
In the coming months Tim Adams will be making himself known to the membership and we welcome him to Dogs Victoria.
ANKC Press Release and Video: Love is blind, but it doesn't have to be - 11 January 2017
Today is the start of an ANKC strategy to support its breeders, initially, those with Brachycephalic breeds.
ANKC aims to counter the assertions that all short faced breeds require surgical intervention to assist with their breathing. They also illustrate the risks of buying from the Internet and unregulated breeders, plus the importance of seeing the puppy with its mother.
The following link will take you to the Press Release - the Video link can be found at the end of the document on Page 2.
ANKC Press Release_Love is blind_110117.pdf
Calling for Area Co-ordinators
Dogs Victoria is seeking Regional Area Co-ordinators as part of their Emergency Response Plan. Following the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, Dogs Victoria reviewed its own emergency response plan and continues to do so each year.
We are keen to hear from any interested parties willing to offer assistance to those affected during an emergency in the following Victorian regions:-
· South Western
· North Western
· North Eastern
Please email Sophia at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
2017 National Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame - Call for Nominations
Hall of Fame Nomination Forms are now available from the ANKC website at http://ankc.org.au/HallOfFame/?id=1096
Nominations are only accepted using these forms.
All nominations will close on the 31 May 2017 at respective Member Body offices for forwarding to ANKC Ltd.
Train your Hound nights
The Hound Club of Victoria wishes to advise that ‘Train Your Hound’ nights have commenced in the Boxhall Pavilion at KCC Park on Thursday nights from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start.
Cost for Hound Club of Victoria Members is $5 and $10 for DOGS Victoria members.
Contact details for training nights – Sharon Sempel, Training Coordinator on 0419 411 878.
Dogs Victoria Magazine – 2017
Advertising opportunities are available for DOGS Victoria members to advertise on the front cover of the Dogs Victoria Magazine in 2017. The cost is $330 and includes a quarter page advert in the same issue.
To book a cover please complete the attached booking sheet Front Cover Booking Form_2017.pdf and return it to email@example.com
For further information please contact Janet on 9788 2505 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BILL TO PARLIAMENT – 6 DECEMBER 2016
REMINDER – USE OF BOXHALL PAVILION
The new floor in the Boxhall Pavilion is now complete. To ensure optimum performance of the sub base so that it is fully “cured” we wish to remind members that anyone setting up inside the Pavilion must have mats under all crates and chairs. Should any dog soil the floor in any way, it must be mopped up immediately. There are still some residue fumes from the new flooring works and for this reason we ask that doors are left open during shows.
Today all media outlets received the following media release detailing DOGS Victoria's stance on the current proposed legislation.
DOGS VICTORIA CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO REVIEW DOMESTIC ANIMALS AMENDMENT BILL
DOGS Victoria, the peak body representing almost ten thousand owners and breeders of purebred dogs in Victoria, shares the concerns of the Victorian Government, the RSPCA, vets and the community over the operation of unethical, so called ‘puppy farms’ and unregistered, backyard breeders.
We are keen to work with Government and sector bodies in establishing a transparent regulatory framework that meets both community expectations while ensuring the DOGS Victoria registered breeders can continue to breed well adjusted, healthy pups for loving homes.
DOGS Victoria President, Wayne Fleming, says ‘We have voiced our strong concerns over the impact that the current proposed Bill will have for breeders that are our members, who breed to ensure the future of their breeds and because they have a passion for purebred dogs’.
‘The Minister has said that she has heard our concerns, and we are working with the Government, the Department and the RSPCA on establishing a system that will ensure DOGS Victoria breeders can continue to raise pups in their homes and provide loving new owners with healthy, registered pedigree dogs.’
DOGS Victoria's push for a review into the legislation has resulted in the announcement of a parliamentary committee inquiry, whereby stakeholders, including DOGS Victoria, will be able to highlight concerns over the likely impact of the Bill. The Committee will make their recommendations on the Bill to Parliament on 6 December 2016.
DOGS Victoria members have been active in the campaign for change to the proposed legislation, contacting both politicians and local councils. At a meeting last night held at the State Dog Centre, KCC Park in Skye, approximately 500 members gathered to express their concerns surrounding the current legislation, reinforcing the need to review the legislation.
DOGS Victoria will continue to work with Government and the sector on establishing a breeder licencing framework that will safeguard the future of pedigree dogs, ensuring that registered DOGS Victoria breeders can continue to meet the highest regulatory standards in terms of health and genetic testing, breed type and temperament whilst meeting a strict code of practice and accountability measures.
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For further information, contact:
Sarah Ewenson, PR for DOGS Victoria, email@example.com
Lyndall Black, CE for DOGS Victoria, firstname.lastname@example.org
DOG Victoria Head Office, email@example.com, 03 9788 2500
Security at KCC Park
Recently there have been a number of incidents involving non-members using KCC Park behaving in a threatening manner towards our members. Unfortunately this sort of behaviour appears to be on the increase.
Management Committee takes the safety of our staff and members very seriously and will be implementing a number of strategies to address this issue.
Effective immediately, members are requested to carry membership cards for identification at all times when entering KCC Park. Failure to produce your card identifying yourself as a member may result in a request to leave the premises.
Expressions of Interest
Expressions of interest are now being called for members who wish to be appointed to the newly formed KCC Park Facilities Committee.
The primary responsibility of the new committee, amongst others, will be to implement at the direction of Management Committee, the 10 year development plan.
This is a hands-on committee. To be appointed to this committee you will need to demonstrate that you are hard working, have the necessary time, have an interest in asset management and can work in a team environment. Experience in project or asset management would be an advantage but not essential.
If you are interested please send your resume for the Attention of the Chief Executive to 655 Westernport Hwy, Skye 3977 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Facebook Page
We wish to advise that the Boxhall Pavilion at KCC Park is only available for authorised use. No member is permitted to use the Boxhall Pavilion for private purposes, including training of dogs, without prior permission from the Chief Executive.
Update - Irish Wolfhound Court Case
On Wednesday 8 June, Magistrate Smith made Orders in relation to a long running dispute between DOGS Victoria, Loretta van Nunspeet, Graham Jacobson, Tony and Eve Costa, Anthony Clare and Kathryn O’Brien as to the parentage of Gaelhound Heather O’Reily and Roughneen Eve (Dogs).
Ms van Nunspeet and Mr Jacobson asserted that Dogs Victoria had proceeded on a mistake of fact in registering Ornumflow Lord Erikson as the Sire of the Dogs despite sworn evidence from the breeders supporting the registration. The Plaintiffs presented new DNA evidence to the Court which Magistrate Smith accepted as showing that an unregistered dog of unknown parentage, by the name of “Murphy” was the Sire of the Dogs.
Magistrate Smith therefore made the following Orders in respect of the dispute between Loretta van Nunspeet, Graham Jacobson and Dogs Victoria:
1. A Declaration that “Murphy”, a dog not recorded on the Register is the Sire of Gaelhound Heather O’Reily and Roughneen Eve; and
2. That the registration of Gaelhound Heather O’Reily and Roughneen Eve be cancelled.
The dispute between DOGS Victoria, the Costas, Clare and O’Brien has been adjourned to a time to be fixed by the Court. The nature of the Dog Owners claim is likely to change following today’s Orders of Magistrate Smith.
The matter will return to court at a later date to consider the position of the Costas, Clare and O’Brien.
Exhibitor set up at KCC Park and the Bulla Exhibition Centre (amended 28/06/16)
Following considerable feedback from members, Management Committee have reviewed the policy in relation to setup prior to shows and the policy will revert to the following -
Set up policy at KCC Park and the Bulla Exhibition Centre
1. No set up prior to the first day of the show, in the event of a double show, prior to the day of the first show
2. All gazebos are to be set up with the narrow side to the ring to minimise large set ups to the exclusion of many other exhibitors
3. For ring access there are to be no more than three gazebos joined together without a walkway
4. Saved space not occupied at the commencement of the show maybe occupied by any exhibitor
5. No ropes, mats, tarps or other form of marking out is permitted under any circumstances due to safety issues
Statement re. Welfare of Dogs - Casey City Council
It has come to the attention of DOGS Victoria that the RSPCA, Victorian Police and Local Council have received reports regarding the welfare of dogs on a property within the Casey Council area. The DOGS Victoria member mentioned in the information provided is not an active member of the Association.
DOGS Victoria contacted Casey Council and has been advised of the following - the DOGS Victoria member mentioned has no case to answer and is not a person of interest in the matter. The second person involved in this matter is not a member of DOGS Victoria and therefore outside of the jurisdiction of the Association.
Below is a summary of court proceedings involving DOGS Victoria - 16 May 2016
In March 2014 DOGS Victoria settled proceedings issued by Graham Jacobson and Loretta van Nunspeet relating to the removal of various dogs from the Main Register. In accordance with the settlement deed, DOGS Victoria conducted two surveys as to whether a Conditional Register should be created for dogs of unknown parentage. DOGS Victoria agreed to create the Conditional Register, and place the dogs in question on the Conditional Register, if the results of the survey were in favour of its creation.
The owners of the dogs then challenged the decision of DOGS Victoria to place them on the Conditional Register. This challenge was upheld by the Management Committee.
Although DOGS Victoria created and gazetted the Conditional Register in May 2015, the establishment of the Conditional Register was rejected by the ANKC Board in October 2015.
Today Magistrate Smith set aside the Jacobson and van Nunspeet settlement on the basis that it was impossible for DOGS Victoria to maintain the Conditional Register without the consent or approval of the ANKC. As a result of this decision, their original complaint regarding the parentage of the dogs, and DOGS Victoria's decisions in relation to the registration of those dogs, has been reinstated before the Court. As the dog owners have also issued proceedings against DOGS Victoria on similar issues, the court has ordered that these proceedings be heard together on 6 June 2016.
DOGS Victoria welcomes the opportunity to have these long running disputes conclusively determined by the Court.
Press Release - Brachycephalic Breeds
Recent media reports focused on brachycephalic breeds as pets and highlighting potential health issues associated with these breeds. In response DOGS Victoria issued the following press release Press Release -Brachycephalic breeds.pdf
KCC Park - 10 Year Plan
The KCC Park Development Working Party has made recommendations from all submissions received from members and subcommittees. Members are now invited to make comment on these recommendations as per the following link (for word document) KCC Park 10 year plan.docx OR (for PDF document) KCC Park 10 year plan
Use of Portable Butane Cookers
Many of us own or have used a portable butane cooker, probably for years without problem.
Please review the following links listed below, before deciding to use your butane cooker, at your next event. If you own a butane cooker that was manufactured prior to 2015, it may not conform with current Australian safety standards. If you own an older stove that does not appear in the table below, consider disposing of it, as it may not be safe to use.
In Victoria, Energy Safe Victoria is warning Victorians not to use butane canister or “lunchbox” cookers and they have been removed from sale across Victoria.
Notice regarding use of exhibition area one on Thursdays - KCC Park
As from and including Thursday 21 April Exhibition Area One at KCC Park, is closed for all members every Thursday. This is necessary to improve the preparations for weekend shows. Anyone using the grounds for training on a Thursday will be asked to move to another area.
Members are also reminded that Exhibition Area One is not to be used for the free running of dogs, please use the off leash areas provided.
Restricted Breed Legislation
The final report on the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Restricted Breed legislation has been published. Click on the following link to view this report in full. DOGS_Parliamentary Inquiry _report.pdf
Notice of Herding Rules Review
Click on the following link to view details of the ANKC Herding Rules Review HC Advert Rules Review_for 2018.pdf
ANKC Press Release - German Shepherd Dog Survey Results
Click here to view full press release from ANKC Press16_GSDsurveyresults.pdf
Members please be aware there is absolutely no truth to the following rumours
1. that VCA management have passed a motion enabling them to sell any assets of the VCA without going to a Special meeting of the members
2. that the management is thinking of selling KCC Park and selling off the library
These rumours are spread by those wishing to cause unrest and have no factual basis
Information from the Justice Department
Following correspondence from Justice Dept (read letter). 21st September, members are advised that our Rules are to be read in conjunction with the following under the Association Incorporations Reform Act 2012 (the Act).
At the 2016 AGM a Special Resolution will be submitted to confirm the requirement of the registrar in relation to these rules.
§ Schedule 1 – Matter 15
Provision for members to have access to, and to be able to obtain copies of, minutes of general meetings, including financial statements submitted at general meetings
§ Schedule 1 – Matter 16
Rights of access (if any) by members to minutes of meetings of the committee, including any terms and conditions subject to which access may be granted
Model Rule 75 - Custody of inspection of books and records
(1) Members may on request inspect free of charge—
(a) the register of members;
(b) the minutes of general meetings;
(c) subject to subrule (2), the financial records, books, securities and any other relevant document of the Association, including minutes of Committee meetings.
(2) The Committee may refuse to permit a member to inspect records of the Association that relate to confidential, personal, employment, commercial or legal matters or where to do so may be prejudicial to the interests of the Association.
(3) The Committee must on request make copies of these rules available to members and applicants for membership free of charge.
(4) Subject to subrule (2), a member may make a copy of any of the other records of the Association referred to in this rule and the Association may charge a reasonable fee for provision of a copy of such a record.
(5) For purposes of this rule—
relevant documents means the records and other documents, however compiled, recorded or stored, that relate to the incorporation and management of the Association and includes the following—
(a) its membership records;
(b) its financial statements;
(c) its financial records;
(d) records and documents relating to transactions, dealings, business or property of the Association.
From the Conformation Committee
Management committee has requested the following be published on behalf of the conformation committee in relation to the DOGS Victoria conformation calendar.
No club should have their date moved without prior consultation and discussion between the club and the calendar and dates committee.
Overall the committee wishes to improve the calendar based on the following premises.
* 12 open show days, with no all breeds show clashing
* Regular date for president and secretaries meeting
* Cluster shows
* Winter shows under cover
* Summer shows at grounds where lighting is available, to facilitate twilight events
* Distance separation – 250kms between country shows
* Metro shows won’t clash with country events (agricultural shows considered separately on a case by case basis)
* No change to balance between KCC Park and Bulla
Attention all Judges
The Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) informs its members and contract partners that it has no official relations with the Alianz Canine worldwide (ACW) nor with its members and that it does not recognise this organisation. Read the notice from the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) dated 20/8/2015
From the Dog Stewards Association
In future all dogs asked to leave the ring following a short list being made by the judge will still be eligible to return to the ring and compete for their respective class in group.
Smoking at Events
Management Committee requests that members who smoke be respectful of non smokers and refrain from smoking in doorways or in close proximity to rings.
FCI 2019 World Dog Show - Shanghai
DOGS Victoria members can also view a press release from the ANKC Ltd regarding the FCI 2019 World Dog Show on their website
Click here to view a self-explanatory letter from the ANKC Ltd President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr Hugh Gent OAM to the President of the China Kennel Union regarding the FCI 2019 World Dog Show.
ANKC Ltd notices
View news from the ANKC Ltd read more
Are you a Qantas Club Member?
If you have an individual membership, join the DOGS Victoria Corporate Qantas Club.
You do not have to re-join, just fill in the application form using DOGS Victoria corporate membership scheme number. You will roll over to the corporate rates upon your next renewal, regardless of how far away it is.
To obtain the DOGS Victoria corporate scheme number email email@example.com and include your DV membership number in your email.
Read the ANKC Position statement on Breed Specific Legislation
DOGS Victoria strongly supports the “punish the deed , not the breed” philosophy.
Members are advised that a complaint fee of $250 is payable by members at the time of lodging the complaint. No fee is applicable to non-members or affiliates. The complaint fee is to be refunded in full if found by the investigations committee to satisfy a Prima Facie case and the matter forwarded to the disciplinary committee.
Canine Health website
Members are reminded to view the Canine Health Committee website at http://caninehealth-dogsvic.edicy.co/en
Profit and Loss Statements
All VCA committees are reminded to submit profit and loss statements within 28 days of holding an event/show
Conditional Register Regulation 4.1.16
Regulation 4.1.16 regarding the Conditional Register has been published - please refer to the website page - Constitution Rules and Regulations - Part 4 Register and Registration.
Any comments are to be in writing and addressed to the CE, DOGS Victoria, Locked Bag K9, Cranbourne 3977
Results from the VEC regarding the Survey of Breeders 2014
The results are as follows:-
DOGS Victoria will give effect to the survey results by creating the proposed register, which will incorporate the three minimum requirements as stipulated in the survey.
In considering the form and characteristics of the proposed register, DOGS Victoria will consider, but not be bound by, a number of models including the one currently used by the American Kennel Club .
When the form and characteristics of the proposed register are drafted , members will be invited to make comment before a final form is determined.