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The Anti-Docking Alliance 

 

 

The Campaign Against the Docking of Dogs' Tails

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Q: WHERE DOES A DOG GO WHEN HE LOSES HIS TAIL? - A: To a re-tailo/er !  (OR DEFRA!)
E-MAIL ADDRESSES
Quite a few members have changed their email address since joining, please make sure you  keep me informed as to any changes to your email/snail mail addresses

MEMBERSHIP  If you  are registering with ADA please ensure you give a correct  email address to which a reply can be sent.  If you don’t,  it is regretted that it will not be possible to process your membership.   Just to warn you  that emails with SUBJECT  “hi”  "photos" or left blank do not get opened as the majority are spam/viruses and are deleted.  Membership can now only be dealt with by email.

ADA is a non-funded Organisation and therefore we have to keep expenses to the minimum.  This seems a preferable way to operate rather than registering as a Charity and attracting funds which might make other Charities lose out.     We do have a  selected Committee for the various dog groups and activities and a grand bevy of volunteers who always seem to help out when the call comes.  Anything we have achieved to date is by way of the help we receive from A.D.A. members, several of our Committee of Honour and other professionals who also have so kindly donated their time and expertise for which we are extremely grateful.  
 
A.D.A. has associate members in 34 countries and an ever increasing membership in the USA with more and more breeders registering.

    puppybarks  

August 2008 - If you have a moment you might like to do this if you have access to the coast from where you live:-
In Parliament, Ian Cawsey MP has tabled an EDM (Early Day Motion) which calls for a Marine Bill to allow
dogs and their owners greater access to the coastline.  Please write to your MP and ask then to sign EDM 1627
The KC has issued it submission on the draft Marine Bill to EFRA Selcect Committee which is currently considering it. 
Since dogs bring about health benefits, reduce our carbon footprint (as long as you are not forced to drive them to a
good and safe walking environment!)and must be exercised to stay healthy, the Marine Bill should increase coastal
access for dog walkers amongst other land users
(but on a lead for safety near cliff edges!!)
"Write to your MP" is a site on the web from which you could do this. Just put in your post code and it should come up
with the correct person

11th July 2008 - HEARTWORM (parasite) has been confirmed in Scotland in a Weimaraner that has not been out of Glasgow.
Symptoms: Coughing, breathing difficulties and unexplained bleeding problems should be treated immediately as the disease is progressive
and fatal.if not treated

A.D.A. needs you to act on any puppy advertisement you see which advertises docked puppies.  Please read below
first and also send a copy to A.D.A. of  any complaint you make to a Local Authority so we can assess the number of
instances where the law appears to be being flouted.
If anyone can give me the contact point of their Local Authority I would be grateful as am endeavouring to build up
index at this link
Local Authorities

Regulations for tail docking were debated in both England and Wales as a part of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and
these Regulations came into force on 28th March in Wales and 6th April in England.  Under the Regulations,
in England and Wales:

  • The cosmetic docking of dogs is banned .  Therapeutic docking (treatment of illness/injury etc.) is permitted on all dogs
  • There is an exemption for 'working dogs' as defined by the English and Welsh regulations to include those used by the police,
    armed forces, search and rescue, and working gun dogs and dogs used for pest control purposes
    . The breeds covered
    by this exemption can be found below for England and Wales.
  • Only a vet can dock an exempted puppy's tail, he must see the dam of the puppy and he must carry out the procedure before the
    puppy is five days old (although the vet's decision to dock is entirely discretionary).
  • If the vet decides to dock the puppy he must certify that he has seen specific written evidence that the dog is "genuinely likely to
    work"
    in one of the permitted areas and the puppy has to be microchipped.
  • The owner must also make a declaration that the dog is likely to work (a false declaration is an offence).
  • Dogs born after April 2007 A person commits an offence if he shows a dog at an event to which members of the public
    are admitted on payment of a fee (England and Wales),
  • The owner of the dog should have in their possession the legal docking certificate.
    NB 8)
    A person commits an offence if—
    (a) he owns a subsection (3) dog
    , and
    (b) fails to take reasonable steps to secure that
    , before the dog is 3 months old, it is identified as a subsection (3) dog
    in accordance with regulations made by the appropriate national authority .

    Explanatory note:-
    31. Subsection (8) requires a person who owns a dog which was legitimately docked by a Vet to ensure that the dog
    is identified as having been legally docked. The owner will commit an offence if he does not take reasonable steps to
    ensure that his docked dog is so identified

    Subsection (13)(b) allows the appropriate national authority to make regulations about the method of identification
    required, e.g. micro-chipping .


    Anyone seeing an advertisement which does not meet the above criteria should immediately report it with as much evidence
    as possible to the Local Authority in which the breeder lives (search the web for Local Authorities and then
    go to Animal welfare on these sites. They can also be reported to the RSPCA 
    RSPCA cruelty and advice line tel. 0870 55 55 999. or use this link
    http://www.rspca.org.uk/servlet/Satellite?pagename=RSPCA/RSPCARedirect&pg=MyRSPCA

    This link can help trace telephone numbers in adverts:-
    http://www.ukphoneinfo.com/cgi-bin-Phones/nng?GNG=01299266532&Submit=Submit

    The Local Authority, the RSPCA and any private individual can bring a case to Court.  If a case is proven expenses can be
    re-claimed.

    REGULATIONS:-
    ENGLAND
    -  The  regulations for truly WORKING dog exemptions as from 6th April 2007
    (although some may be found not to be suitable for work later) are
        TERRIERS and their crossbreeds

        SPANIELS and their crossbreeds 
        H(unt)P(oint)R(etriever)s

    This does not apply to dogs bred as pets
    .
    There seems to be a consensus that these regulations must be reviewed between 2 and 5 years.
    also see these relevant DEFRA links:-
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071120.htm
    http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/act/index.htm
    http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/act/docking.htm

WALES -   The list of truly working dog breeds exempted and as amended in the Welsh Plenary as from 28th March 2007
(although some may be found not to be suitable for work later) is now as follows:
     SPANIELS: of only the following breeds will be eligible  English Springer Spaniel;  Welsh Springer Spaniel; Cocker Spaniel,
           but not combinations of breeds and 
    TERRIERS of only the following breeds will be eligible Jack Russell Terrier, Cairn Terrier  (normally undocked!)
           Lakeland  Terrier, Norfolk Terrier
- but not combinations of breeds.
 
  H(unt)P(oint)R(etrieve) breeds remain as originally drafted. Bracco Italiano; Brittany; German Long-haired  Pointer;
           German Wire-haired Pointer; Hungarian Vizsla; Hungarian Wire-Haried Vizsla; Italian Spinone; Spanish Water Dog;
                 Weimaraner; Korthals Griffon; Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer; Large Munsterlander; Small Munsterlander.
This does not apply to dogs bred as pets.
Also see this link:
-
http://new.wales.gov.uk/topics/environmentcountryside/ahw/animal_welfare/Companiondomesticanimalwelfare/taildockingregulations
/?lang=en

Anyone who is cruel to an animal, or does not provide for its welfare needs, may be banned from owning animals,
fined up to £20,000 and/or sent to prison.

http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/draft/20075778.htm

SCOTLAND - The Animal Welfare Act bans certain "mutilations" which includes dog tail docking except
for therapeutic reasons as from 30th April, 2007. 
Scottish Executive:- 'If dogs are to be taken from Scotland for the purpose of having the tails of their
puppies docked, to be then brought back to Scotland for sale, it is likely that the courts would consider
this to be a journey in connection with an economic activity. As a consequence the provision of Council
Regulation (EC) no 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport would apply. The significance
of this Regulation is that the animals must be "fit to travel" and Chapter 1 of Annex 1 of the Regulation
states that pregnant female for whom 90% or more of the expected gestation period has already passed and
females who have given birth in the previous week are not considered fit for transport. Thus if a dog were to
be taken from Scotland to give birth, she would need to make the journey at least 6 days before the expected
date of the birth and could not be transported back for 7 days following the birth.'END

A review of the legislation may be done later.  We approve of this legislation.    Scotland has not banned the showing
of docked dogs.  
The penalty for docking a dog's tail will be a fine of up to£5,000 and/or six months imprisonment. see this link for
the complete Act:-
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/legislation/scotland/acts2006/20060011.htm

N. IRELAND - Still ongoing consultation as at June 2007 but law currently remains as it was pre 2006 i.e only
Veterinary Surgeons can dock. .

adaANIMAL WELFARE ACT - ENGLAND 6th April 2007 - & WALES  27th March 2007
COMES INTO FORCE..    NO MORE DOCKING (EXCEPT FOR THE EXEMPTIONS). 
  A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP WITH THIS.  

KENNEL CLUB ADVICE ON DOCKING AS FROM 14/3/07 - http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk:80/item/999
11/07 The Kennel Clubs have said that they will not take part in 'e nforcing the legislation which bans dogs from
certain shows considering that this is a matter for the appropriate authorities .  As a result of the regulation change,
owners of legally docked dogs, docked on or after 6th April 2007 who wish to exhibit at Kennel Club licensed shows
are required to apply for permission to show their dogs.  It should be noted that such dogs are only eligible to be
exhibited in England and Wales at shows which do not charge the public for admission but may be exhibited at all
licensed shows in Scotland and Northern Ireland
. '

3/3/07 - DOCKING OF EXEMPTED DOGS  - Vets will not be forced to dock dogs' that are on the exemption lists on request of the breeders . The choice
will be theirs.  What has to be decided is that, if they do dock, at what length?  Above or below the supra-caudal scent glands, an arbitrary or by protocol length?

16/2/07  DOCKING REGULATION exemptions FOR ENGLAND (draft) http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/draft/20075778.htm

Wales's ban comes into force 31st March 2007; England's docking ban comes into force on 6th April; Scotland on 30th April 2007.  

The English Regulations we were led to believe were to go through a "Consultation" process. What a waste of everyone's time!  Where, when and how?!
This is certainly not evident as the draft regulations appear to be unchanged from their original format.  
The regulations are weak and
practically unenforceable being mainly left to Local Authorities who will have no extra funding.  Private prosecutions can be made at the expense
of the individual (refundable we are told if case is won!)  Ethical Vets will have the uneviable task of having to deal with clients trying to bluff them
into docking a litter(s).  
From recent discussion it is obvious that there are breeders in Gundogs who will go to any lengths to get litters docked.

No good reasons have been given for still incorporating crossbreeds to the already large list of exemptions and  no central register is to be kept in
order for a paper trail audit.  No DNA testing to be done and there will be weeks apart from the docking procedure and microchipping.  Evidence as to
the dog's likelihood to work can be presented to a Vet from just about anybody. Dogs that weren't docked can now be docked.    This part of the Act is
a total  whitewash and failure to deal with animal welfare which the government likes to proudly boast it does.  We hope that the Statutory Instruments'
Committee will see just how wrong and difficult these regulations will be to enforce and will send them back for unbiased revisions.  How can we be
sure that those involved with these regulations did not have a vested interest themselves? 
Scotland much to its credit, has got it RIGHT with a total ban with scientific review.   WELL DONE SCOTLAND.

22/12/06 RCVS disciplinary case regarding docking by a Cheltenham Veterinary Surgeon. 15/12/06 - Vet John McKenna has been accused of docking 11 Weimaraner
puppies.  He was due to face the RCVS hearing Committee on 12/12/06
Geoff Gill (RCVS) commented It isn't acceptable to hack a chunk of an animal's body off.  If the Vet can prove the animals were intended for working purposes it may
be permitted.  The exception exists to prevent working dogs from damaging their tails when going through bushes and undergrowth
The Vet said that he was told that these dogs MIGHT grow up to become working dogs so I docked their tails.  It isn't illegal to dock the tails of working dogs.  ....It's
something I may only carry out once a year. If someone rang me and asked me to dock the tail of a greyhound I'd say no." 22/12/06  He was found guilty and was
removed from register for 28 days.

In 1995 Marshall Dale was first and last Vet for 11 years to be charged by the RCVS and was acquitted..  Defence costs in excess of £25,000 were met by the
CDB donation

At last the RCVS has acted but the case (RCVS complaints procedure) had to be brought by the breeder herself who apparently claimed that a puppy
died as a result and others got infected stumps.

Since this is the first docking disciplinary action case since 1995 when Marshall Dale was found not guilty on the evidence provided (defence costs
provided by CDB funds in excess of £25,000)  perhaps now they will investigate some of the other Vets who are making a good income from CDB docking
referrals.  However until the RCVS change the complaints procedure which only permits the aggrieved client to lodge a complaint
they are unlikely
to be seen proceeding against those Vets on the CDB list.

We are hopeful they will consider changing this when the Veterinary Surgeons' Act comes under review.

USA - Greyhound racing 2008 has been banned in in 6 States since 1993 Massachusetts are voting on a ban and if approved will go into
effect on 1st January 2010
3/3/06 Important RCVS Statement issued today see this link:- http://www.rcvs.org.uk/Templates/Internal.asp?NodeID=94508
1998>    PAIN - Recent research has shown that neonates are HYPERsensitive rather than HYPOsensitive as has been widely believed.  Neonates have an intact sensory
central nervous system that does not have descending modular pathways that act as pain blocks seen in adults.  Research has also shown that the memory of neonatal pain
can affect the animal in its adult life.  Symptoms include decreased pain threshold, anxiety, social disorders and aggression.    For FULL details link to:- Pain   See Photos
2005 - AUSTRALIA - because of the connection between cruelty to animals and the abuse of children all suspected cases of cruelty have to be reported .
AUSTRALIA - 4/3/05 Liza Bacchiella of Forrest Beach, Queensland was fined $1000 for docking the tails of 5 Rottweiler puppies between May and June 2004.
A New South Wales man was jailed for 6 months for tail docking but the circumstances were more severe. Vet Dr. Anita Kocsis said docking was an unethical
and cruel practice of cutting the end of the puppy's spine with no anaesthetics; it is like having a finger chopped off. It is painful to the puppies as they become
distressed and whimper. http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,12447817%255E14787,00.html
NEW ZEALAND - 5/3/05 Waikato press report. Schnauzer breeder Rose Elle has imported undocked dogs from overseas and has docked tails of five month old
dogs that arrived in New Zealand . Vet Jodi Salinsky regularly sees botched home docking jobs.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10113655
The Independent 16/2/05 - extract quote:- Dr. Michael Mendl of Bristol University said that there is an implicit assumption that the more clever an animal is, the
more likely it is to suffer, and he is not sure that there is a clear llink between the two. An accurate assessment of how animals feel, as well as how they think, is
vital to ensure a high standard of animal welfare. However, an animal that is not aware of its thoughts may still be aware of its feelings and emotions. An
awareness of sensations and emotions is known as "feelings consciousness". As far as welfare is concerned, this is the crux of the matter; what an animals
feels, not just what it thinks. Mendl says that animals like us that are clever are more likely to suffer because they can think about suffering in the future
and remember suffering in the past. But they are also capable of understanding that pain is going to stop. Less intelligent animals may not have this
capacity. They may therefore, be worse off because they suffer not knowing their pain can end.......
Procedures such as tail docking in sheep and branding in cattle are thought to be very painful because animals respond in a way we associate with pain.
Although feelings are highly subjective; even for those closest to us they are often private experiences. We have no idea what any animal really feels -
physiological studies show that when reacting as if in pain, animals' stress hormones soar. Prof. Dan Weary, from the University of British Columbia,
argues that conventional husbandry methods should be rethought on the basis of the animals' reactions. In one experiment, half the male piglets on
a farm were castrated and the other half were handled as if they were going to be. Only the pigs who were castrated made high-pitched squeals and
only at the time of castration. Some farmers believe that the younger the animal, the less painful the operation but these pigs squealed no matter
what age they were.
The experiment indicates that animals' calls are a good way of assessing their actual pain, rather than the expectation of
pain. .... Stress hormones in animals and humans can disrupt memory
; you could argue that the ability to process information and store memories
is related to conscious experience. On the other hand if pigs have no consciousness, forgetfulness can lead to damaging behaviour and inefficient
husbandry. For example, animals with impaired memories might attack individuals because they have forgotten they know them. This often happens
when sows that have given birth are reunited with their mates, they often fight vigorously.Prof. Anand is often referenced in pain related animal
studies such as tail docking. What follows can also be associated with animal behaviour:-

Sunday Times 27/2/05 - quote:-'A study of 200 preterm babies found they were subjected to a total of 20,000 procedures in the first 14 days of
life in intensive care. Add to this inappropriate stimulation and continuous bright light and you have a model for chronic stress. In most neonatal
units preterm babies lie on their backs on mats, naked apart from a nappy. Grossly immature reflexes mean that their arms and legs tend to wave
or flap which is distressing for the baby, whose every instinct is to curl and ball, seeking safe boundaries to contain him.
..... .....Twenty years ago
the notion of stress in preterm infants hadn't even been considered. Tbe pioneering work of of Al Aynsley-Green and Sunny Anand during the
1980s overturned the widely held belief that babies couldn't feel pain, or if they could, their experience if it somehow wasn't like ours
. Before this
time preterm babies regularly underwent surgery without anaesthesia. "Many of them died from shock" says Anand, now Professor of Paediatrics
and Anaesthesiology at Arkansas Children's Hospital. "Others were returned to the ward, grey and shut-down, and it would take nurses to stabilise
them. Their hormonal stress responses were five times what we expected. We proved that prolonged elevation of cortisol was incredibly damaging."
After 48 hours in intensive care, preterm babies have learnt what noxious stimuli are. When a foot is grabbed for a routine heel prick, they
desaturate (oxygen levels go down) and they become unstable, because they anticipate pain......A host of published studies shows that pain and
stress affect brain development and yet the message still isn't getting across..
.."The collective ego of the medical profession will have to face
the fact that their clinical approach is seriously limited" says Anand. "Do we have a choice? No we don't. It is our duty to practise what is best
for the baby."........Where scientists agree that the preterm brain is very plastic; it develops more between 23 ane 40 weeks' gestation than at
any other time throughout life, so sensory experience at this state is incredibly important....."Research has shown that a mother rocking her
baby in her arms has a therapeutic effect on pain management and growth but rocking a baby mechanically doesn't have the same effect. Why?
Because the baby however tiny craves a relationship", explains Anand

Otwin Linderkamp, Prof of Neonatology at the University of Heidleberg Medical School, "Very early on I noticed how tiny babies always tried to
get themselves into a corner in an incubator. The nurses took them back to the middle then the babies tried again. It was very sad this desperate
search for boundaries. When I first came to Heidelberg I found a typical intensive care unit babies lying on mats under bright lights, and because
they were agitated and moved around they were given sedation."
Sunny Anand claims to have the first objective proof that there is conscious processing of painful stimuli by even the most premature babies,
found by looking at responses within the cortex. His paper has been submitted to the New England Journal of Medicine. As the study contains
unpublished information, he is reluctant to reveal the results, but he says this is the definitive study that the developmental care lobby has been
waiting for. "We can now show that repeated painful stimuli produce an increase in the number of cells that die during brain development and
also alter a child's cognitive processing for life. I'm not saying pain is the only problem but we think it is responsible for the long term cognitive
outcomes.... "
JULY 2004 PUPPY BREEDERS  - Essex County Council has invoked the Enterprise Act on a puppy trader at Bailey Kennels to bring her to court for contravening
section 14 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.  Puppies sold  should be of satisfactory quality and fit for the purpose for which they were intended.  If she breaks the
enforcement order  she will be liable to a fine for contempt of court or even a jail sentence.  This came about as there were complaints  to the Council about sickly
and dying puppies being sold.  This seems to be the first time it has covered the produce of a breeder and not just a single puppy.    If anyone is buying a puppy
from a place where they appear to be puppy farming and the conditions are far from desirable this could be a way of getting it stopped.  First of all one complains
to the local Trading Standards Office  and quote the Enterprise Act.   More details on
http://www.dti.gpv.uk/ccp/topics1/enforcement.htm   Under Stop Now order
it will be seen that the Director of Fair Trading and other consumer bodies  can apply to the courts for “Stop Now” orders  to stop dealers from breaking laws that
harm the interests of consumers in general.  These order also enable consumer bodies to take on dealers for whom existing sanctions are no deterrent.
2006 - TREVOR COOPER (DANGEROUS DOGS' ACT) - the Solicitor who has successfully defended many dogs under the Dangerous Dogs Act has now set up
a Helpline which covers England and Wales.  0906 515 1108 Mon-Thurs 7.30-9.30 pm.  Calls cost £1 50 pence per minute from BT landline others vary.  For other
information visit his website http://www.doglaw.co.uk
 Posted 12/03  PUPPY FARMING WALES AGAIN!!   Please EVERYONE  who visits this site act NOW on Welsh Puppy farming.  Mr. Robert Killick well known in the
dog  world is urging us all to write (especially those of you who live in Wales to your Assembly Member)  (or email) and
 ‘point out the illogical nature of  funding (taxpayers’
money) the production of more puppies when the NCDL/Dogs’ Trust has had to neuter 5,500 dogs already in 2003, have  removed 792 dogs to England for re-homing and has
spent over £400,000 of charity money this year on the problem of an excess number of dogs.  The Ty-Agored Sanctuary, Wales,  rarely has fewer than 100 dogs in their kennels’  
and have been turned down for grants and yet approval is being given  by the Welsh Assembly for grants for farmers to start up  puppy farms! Wales has double the number of
strays per head of population and this is rising. The Co-ordination of Animal Rescue charities have transferred 1800 dogs from Wales to England in the past 12 months.   Letters
please ASAP to Carwyn Jones, Agricultural Minister, Welsh Assembly, Food and Farming Development Division, Parc Cathays, Cardiff. CF10 3NQ Phone 029 2082 6977, ,
Cardiff or email
carwyn.jones@wales.gov.uk  but use the header Farming or similar ( do not use the word  Puppy Farming as your email may  get trashed!)   Keep it measured
and  polite even if  you cannot believe their crass stupidity in pursuing such schemes .   Christmas is a busy time for everyone but just think of the real act of goodwill you will
be participating in if you can stop the “Puppy Harming” .   The NCDL/Dogs’ Trust, Kennel Club and Robert Killick have all had unsuccessful attempts to stop these grants and
puppy farming.  Now it is up to us, the people,  the ELECTORS,  taxpayers and salary payers of these Ministers to tell them it has got to stop.   It also needs an immediate
Inquiry as to WHY “ they” are persisting with this when there is so much opposition……..  These unfortunate dogs/puppies may even end up in foreign countries where
they are eaten or stripped alive for their skins.
  Don’t we have enough  dogs in rescue that need re-homing without adding to the rescue problems?  These puppy farmers won’t
be taking their puppies back if sold to undesirable owners who then decide they no longer want them.  They won’t be checking who buys their puppies and their future welfare. 
It is unfair to animal charities and their donor supporters who have a continuing battle trying to contain the numbers of unwanted dogs.
 
THE BREEDING OF DOGS ACT  1973 came into force 1/1974.  This Act made it illegal for anyone to keep a  breeding establishment for dogs except  under the authority
provided by a licence.  The definition of a breeding kennel was defined as where more than two bitches were kept for the purpose of breeding for sale. The owner of an
unlicensed breeding kennel was liable to conviction and a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.  This was increased to level 3 under the 1991 Act.  Selling a dog
with a false pedigree is a  criminal offence (obtaining money by false pretences).    Eg birth of puppies of a colour that could not be produced  by the  named parents or an
unusually high level of fertility among breeding bitches in a kennel could obtain a conviction.  .
If you know of anyone breeding in  abhorrent conditions please contact
your local Council with the facts, RSPCA.,  KC., and other agencies such as Inland Revenue,  Social Security and alert the press.
 

If you think you have found a puppy farm, get as much information as you such as name of owner, the address, tel numbers etc. If you see local adverts linked to them,
note how many breeds they offer.  Vans coming and going from the premises on a regular basis should have a note of their registration number and time of day seen.  All details
can be given to the Local Authority (keep copies), RSPCA and WAG= Ken McKie Tel 01357 529402 http://www.wag-ayrshire.org.uk/  The Local Authority will be able
to tell you if the establishment is licensed.  Ask them when the farm was last inspected and what were the finding and whether there have been previous complaints.  Push
you Local Authority as this is the only way action will be taken and make them more likely to enforce the law. If it has been your misfortune to have bought a puppy and the
puppy is ill or has died contact your local Trading Standards' Office. They should help you get your money back but there is one drawback if your puppy is still alive
and they give a refund you will have to give the puppy back .  Do not get involved with the puppy farmer directly as they may go to any lengths to protect their lucrative
business.  Don't remove pups or trespass as unfortunately the law will then regard you as the one contravening the law!

3/03 HOUSE OF LORDS BILL 3RD PARTY LIABILITY.  Owners are now liable for injuries to 3rd parties caused by their dogs.    IMPORTANT .  Have you got 3rd
Party Liability Insurance?  Did you know that in March  2003  dog owners are liable for any damage caused by their pets regardless of whether they had been negligent or not. 

Check your policy out and if you haven’t got one then consider whether you can run the risk of your extremely well-behaved dog tripping someone up on the flexi-lead…
Lifting his leg on someone’s trousers … getting out through the fence into the road and causing an accident …..

 
The Pressure Group WAG  would like to hear from anyone who has bought from a puppy farm. If you can help in any way,  contact Ken McKie Tel 01357 529402
http://www.wag-ayrshire.org.uk/ .  DO PLEASE HELP STOP THIS TRADE.  Your help will be valuable and it costs nothing..

 

UK DOG  Have you got a group in your area?  If not why not form one?  If you have one and you have a dog, join it.  Access to park and beaches is being gradually stopped by local authorities and by joining this group you will be in a position to negotiate and know what is being planned and halt  further  .    UK Dog have a questionnaire to fill in to help them.  2/04 The Llangrannog Canine Action Group (Wales)  - set up to prevent total dog bans on beaches – needs help.  Email Chris Donnelly   Donnsetter@aol.com  or write Lleifor, Llangrannog, Llandyssul, Ceridigion SA44 6RP

KC Dog Owners Group
The Kennel Club is heartened that the new dog owners group has over 500 participants including many local authorities.  The Kennel Club is currently producing the second quarterly bulletin and in the coming months the Kennel Club will continue to promote the scheme and encourage more dog-owning members of the public and local authorities to join. To join KC Dog, please contact Laura Vallance on lvallance@the-kennel-club.org.uk or 020 7518 1020.

POSTED 9/03 FIREWORKS  HOORAY!  The Fireworks Bill has passed through Parliament and become law.  Their sale will be restricted and their use to certain times of the day and year and public firework displays will be licensed.  We can but hope that the regulations will be strong enough to enforce.   (Also note site “Soundsscary” for  tapes of unfamiliar sounds to facilitate the introduction of  puppies to domestic life.).  
Posted 10/03  BOO!   There will be a noise level for domestic fireworks but none for category 4, ie professional displays.  There will also be NO restriction on the use of fireworks ALL THE YEAR ROUND.  There will be no restriction on fireworks in categories 1-3  for private displays and they may be let off on private land during any time of the year subject to the landowner’s approval.  There is also to be no restriction on the retail sale of fireworks.  The government has said to restrict fireworks from all the year round use would involve issues of fairness  with regard to religious and cultural minorities… (what about the owners of animals?).   The Bill will not completely ban fireworks; will not limit the noise of fireworks; will not regulate garden fireworks; will not stop anyone letting off fireworks at anytime of the year; will not restrict the selling of fireworks to specialist shops only; will not restrict fireworks to a particular time of the year.  Sleep disturbance –  continuous background noise should not exceed 30dB(A) and individual noise events exceeding 45dB(A) should be avoided.  Hearing damage can result from exposure short term of 120dB(A)..  Animal hearing is far more sensitive than humans.  Some fireworks are  120dB(A); normal conversation is 60dB(A)  Firework Petitions available from Morris at Banbury 01295 255068
2005 MICROCHIPPING & RE-UNIFICATION -  If the ownership of a microchipped animal is in doubt and a client presents at a Vets.'with an animal that has a microchip registered in anohter person's name, both parties, with mutual consent, can be put in touch with each other.  However, if the client declines to consent to the release of his or her name and contact details, the new RCVS guidance states that a Veterinary Surgeon may pass these details to the Petlog Re-unification Service. If the client is not willing for their details to be released or refuse to agree to return the animal they will be informed that the registered owner will be advised to seek legal advice/ On instruction from a Solicitor or the Police, Petlog can release details.  Owners are recommended  to ensure that they update their personal details with the Petlog Reunification Service if they move house or change telephone number.
DOG THEFT ACTION GROUP website http://www.dogtheftaction.com 
DOG WARDENS  There is a list  on the Luton Borough Council’s website  see A-Z Services; click on to Dog Wardens and you will find Dial a Dog Warden UK listing telephone numbers for all Dog Wardens in the UK:-  http://www.luton..gov.uk   If you need a paper copy contact the Council’s Dog Warden Service, Luton Town Hall, Upper George Street,  Luton LU1 2BQ Tel 01582 546168/546613 or  minicom 01582 724013COULD A DOG WARDEN TRACK YOU DOWN IF YOUR PET STRAYS?  KEEP YOUR DETAILS UP TO DATE ONLINE NOW!   If your pet is microchipped and registered with Petlog, they need to be able  to contact you at the earliest opportunity should the worst happen and you  lose your pet.  Click here to update your details online now! http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/Petlog/update_petlog.asp
LOST OR FOUND A PETThere is a new 24-hour PetBack Central Hotline which works with over 10,000 pet care organisations and provides 2 services for the owner.  PetBack Protect offers FREE one year of optional lifetime protection for a pet which includes a pet ID tag linked into a 24 hour lost and found service, free microchip registration and should the pet go missing, immediate free transfer of the pet’s details to PetBack Response.  Cost:  1 year free – lifetime £14.95
PetBack Response -  can be actioned  on the spot if a pet goes missing.  The pet’s photo and details will be transferred into the missing pets’ register supported by an electronic notification to charities such as the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs’ Home etc.  Cost: PetBack Protect Members free.  Non-members £19.95.  PetBack Central is 24 hr hotline run by Missing Pets Bureau  Tel 0870 1 999 999   Claims to work with 10,000 pet care organisations, Can provide 1 year optional lifetime protection for pets which includes ID tag linked to 24 hour lost and found service, free microchip registration.   Owners can also choose PetBack Notify where details of missing pets are sent out (including a photograph) on a highly targeted basis to vets, rescue centres, dog wardens and police stations in the area that the pet went missing – Tel 0870 1 6000 999 Cost from £16.95 including first class postage
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Missing Pets Bureau membership enquiries 0870 1600 999 or 0800 231 6090
DOG THEFT This is becoming a major problem.  It has been reported in the dog press that around 135,000 dogs (900 puppies every week***) go missing annually and it's on the increase!) Dogs are being stolen from gardens and cars (sometimes for ransom money).  There appears to be little or no policing of this and people affected are having to rely on their own resourcefulness to find the whereabouts of their dogs, often without success.  Certain areas have been well targeted such as Kent and Essex but it has spread throughout the country.  Police report dogs as “ missing”  – not stolen – as they say they only do that if thieves have been seen to take the dogs (perhaps it's the same for house burglaries…!)  Please be watchful for your dog and others.   Do not leave your dog alone in the garden, outside shops and be wary of strangers calling or coming up expressing an interest in your dog,  Take details of puppies for sale at car boot sales and report if necessary to police and RSPCA asap.  According to the MISSING PET BUREAU, dog breeds most at risk from theft are:-  English Springer Spaniels, Border Terriers, Boxers, Yorkshire Terriers, Labrador Retrievers
***nationally reported statistics are not available
Also:- http://www.doglost.co.uk  shows pictures of lost dogs.  Small fee for  faxed details of missing dog to all Vets within 10-20 miles’ radius.  Leeds is apparently terrible for dog theft as is south of Doncaster. DOG THEFT ACTION STARTED 2005 to cordinate all resources and lobby government. They are asking every dog owner to write to their MP asking for a better response to dog theft.
Lost Dogs’ Line run by Battersea Dogs’ Home within M25 area.  Lines are open 8am-8pm 365 days a year.  Calls 60p a min. Tel 0901 477 8477 http://www.lostpets.co.uk/ is free and lists lost and found pets in the UK and Eire http://www.petsearch(uk).co.uk/  is free and reports lost or found animals; the most recent are displayed first.http://www.lurcher.org/lsuk/    Lurcher Search aims to re-unite lost lurchers and running dogs with their owners.  Operated by countrywide volunteers and details circulated to dog wardens, rescue centres, police etc
Posted 6/05 DOG THEFT - it has been reported in the dog press that 40% of dogs stolen are Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Posted 2/04 DOG THEFT is back in the news.  Watch out!     Thefts also in Midlands, Wolverhampton  and Walsall and Warwickshire.  Don’t leave your pedigree dogs unguarded in the garden, in the car or tied up outside a shop.  The Home Office apparently still do not consider  this to be a widespread problem!  If you have had a dog stolen, please write to them. 2,500 dogs go “missing” every week!  Also make sure your dog is microchipped/tattoed.  All breeders please ensure your litters are microchipped/tattoed.
Microchip/tattoo your dogs.   Make sure your gardens are secure. Do not put stickers on your car advertising your dog or leave empty cages inside.   Do  not leave dogs unattended in gardens, cars or at shows or on benches at shows.  Don’t let your dog run out of sight at exercise especially in a public park.  Keep runs and kennels locked.  A  thorny hedge is a useful boundary to gardens.  Get an alarm system – garage ones are cheap and easy to install.  Don’t advertise your address if selling puppies.   Don’t signpost kennels.   Take note of strangers who comment on your dogs, make a note of suspicious car numbers  if you feel your premises are being watched.   If you’re really concerned inform the police of your suspicions and other dog owners etc.   If someone comes to see puppies, get their address and  take a photo ‘say it will be a nice memento for them when they collect puppy’.   Question them closely and check their answers with other breeders.  Don’t allow puppies to be taken away by any unexpected callers.  If you have enquiries over the ‘phone, take only land line numbers and ‘phone them back. Treat all unexpected visitors with suspicion – don’t allow them on the premises and make a note of car numbers and watch any other occupants of the car.   Canine society meetings and training classes are useful as a neighbourhood watch to collect and collate information and if you can persuade the police to take an interest so much the better.    Monitor enquiries and unusual interest.  When selling puppies always get the address of new home and don’t give them registration and papers but send them to the address given and explain to purchasers why you are disregarding the Kennel Club recommendations in this instance.  If you are unable to supply puppies do not pass the enquirer on to some one; ask the other breeder to contact them.
2003 PETLOG MICROCHIPS -  If your dog had a microchip supplied by PETtrac (California)  but registered with PETLog you may find you are no longer on PETLog register as last year PETtrac (www.avidplc.com)  removed the details of all pets with a PETtrac chip.  PETtrac has been found wanting insofar as it does not have a 24 hour or 7 days a week service.  If you are not sure whether your pet has a PETtrac chip (your original certificate will have Pettrac’s name on it) or if you have no certificate then you should get the number checked.  If it starts with a 1(one) and ends with an  A  or starts with either 977 or 250 then it is probably a PETtrac chip and PetLog have said as a goodwill gesture they will restore your details on their data base but you must write with the full identification number and full details of the pet to PetLog, PO Box 263, Aylesbury. HP19 8ZH or email from the website www.PetLog.org.uk
2003 RCVS & PETLOG  At last the RCVS has revised their stance with regard to microchips and dogs with “wrongful” owners.   Before if a Vet was presented with an animal which was microchipped in another person’s name,  both parties could be put in touch BUT only by mutual consent.  Now it is agreed  before applications for registrations can be considered.d by the RCVS  that if  no consent is given  by one client to release their details or to return the animal,  the new  guidance states that a Vet. may pass these details to the Petlog Reunification Service.  The client will be informed by Petlog that the registered owner will be adsvised to seek legal advice.  On instruction from a solicitor or the police, Petlog can release details.  Please ensure that all your details including tel. No.  are registered correctly and are up-to-date with Petlog Reunification Service
2004 Irish Kennel Club - Microchipping. From 1/1/2006 the Irish Kennele Club will require all puppies to be microchipped
BANNED FOR LIFE as a result of burglary.   Woman from Gt. Manchester was banned from keeping animals for life,  and had a community service order of 100 hours and had to pay £250 costs when burglars tipped off the RSPCA about her filthy and  neglected dog.  She admitted causing unnecessary suffering
7/03 USA – Alabama.  GREYHOUND CULLING  The Alabam Legislature are legalising the culling of Greyhounds by ANY person.  Greyhounds are to be classified as livestock.    The Bill (37) has been passed in the House by a Tourism and Travel Committee and in the Senate under a Tourism and Marketing Committee.  All members of the Mobile and Baldwin Legislative Delegations voted for the Bill except 3 who were not there when the bill was voted on.  The Governor has offered no explanation or justification  for this vicious law.  To register protest http://www.governor.state.al.us/email/contact%20_form.htm
To add to the international appeal for support being collated by a local TV reporter, Randy Wood, email rwood@WKRG.com
2003 PHOTOS:     I still need good clear photos of the following undocked (docked) breeds for the website.  If you know anyone in your area with one of the following undocked versions of these docked breeds, please ask them to get in touch with me with a photo:Brittany Spaniel; ; Field Spaniel;  Lakeland Terrier;     Pinscher.
HYGIENE Regulations 2006 - No specific mention is made of  dogs being admitted to food or other premises.  However food establishments have to maintain hygiene standards and how they do that is left to the individual and a risk assessment.  They are not compelled to ban dogs but can use the regulations as an excuse to do so and it is entirely at their own discretion.
 2001? COMPANION DOG CLUB  has been started by the Kennel Club for non-pedigree dogs.  Cross breeds have been part of The Kennel Club’s registration scheme for over 50 years catering for dogs in Agility, Obedience and Working Trials.  There is a membership certificate which will entitle members to special offers in the newsletter.  There is an accident emergency card, newsletter and ID tag and car sticker.  The car sticker is very appealing but, GUESS WHAT, the non-pedigree Jack Russell it portrays is docked.  If any of you join the Club **PLEASE, PLEASE remonstrate with the Kennel Club for using a docked dog’s picture on this sticker.    The registration fee is £10 and details can be obtained from The Kennel Club - Companion Dog Club, 4a Alton House,  Alton House Office Park, Gatehouse Way.  Bucks. HP19 8XU Can also be found on http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/  
LEARNING TO UNDERSTAND YOUR DOG  CD-Rom course on offer by the University of Edinburgh see website for details of cost etc. http://www.vet.ed.ed.ac.uk/animalbehaviour/ecourse/  
SPINNER of dog/cat/rabbit COMBINGS - Pam Gardner. Contact ADA for details!·

Quotes  on judges at dog shows:-

‘The time he takes to judge a breed is directly related to the endurance of his bladder’.’‘After being judged a woman asked the judge what he thought of her Staffie, he said, I don’t know anything about the breed, I always give it to the handler with the biggest tattoos, that way I don’t get attacked on my way home!

 ‘IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE WORLD THERE IS BUT ONE THING THAT MONEY CANNOT BUY - TO WHIT, THE WAG OF A DOG’S TAIL’ Henry Wheeler Shaw 1818-1885 (quoted in the KC Crufts’ 2003 schedule!!!)
‘DOGS LAUGH, BUT THEY LAUGH WITH THEIR TAILS’ – Max Eastman American writer and poet 1883-1969 ‘DOGS  CRY –  but THEY CRY WITH THEIR TAILS’  Anon
 ‘He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.  You are his life, his love, his leader.  He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.  You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.’ – Anonymous
‘Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.’ – Alexander Pope
‘Dogs are our link to paradise.  They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.  To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.’ – Milan Kundera<

HOW MANY DOGS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHT BULB?
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?
Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp! Rottweiler: Make me. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please! German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.
Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark. Chihuahua: Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there, see it, right there... Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
Shetland Shepherd
: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...
Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry. The Cat: "Dogs do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?"  
ALL OF WHICH PROVES, ONCE AGAIN, THAT WHILE DOGS HAVE MASTERS, CATS  HAVE STAFF.

 

The Campaign Against the Docking of Dogs' Tails