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Statement regarding Belinda Petrowsky (Membership #3100009666)

Friday, 9 February 2018

Dogs Victoria has received a number of complaints relating to Ms Belinda Petrowsky and her breeding practices. Specifically, the complaints relate to an application to register a litter of Cocker Spaniels and the correctness of the declaration of parentage made by the member. 

An investigation was commenced and DNA analysis was obtained by Dogs Victoria which established beyond reasonable doubt that the sire and the dam listed on the litter application were not the parents of all of the puppies included in the application. 

Further, Dogs Victoria’s investigation also revealed microchip irregularities. 

As a result of the investigation and the findings, Dogs Victoria brought disciplinary charges against Ms Petrowsky, including disciplinary charges pursuant to the following Rules, Regulations and Codes:-

20.1 VCA Code of Practice - Ethics
20.1.2 A member shall not engage in any behaviour that is contrary to the standards accepted by the community. 

2.17  VCA Rule - Disciplining of Members
Members shall strictly observe and act in conformity with and not otherwise than in accordance with the Rules, Regulations, Codes of Ethics and Codes of Practice of the VCA and shall not conduct themselves in such a manner as to bring the VCA into disrepute or to bring themselves as a breeder, owner, exhibitor, handler, Show official, Judge or VCA member into disrepute. 

A Disciplinary Hearing was scheduled in relation to this subject on Thursday, 8 February 2018, however prior to the hearing taking place, Ms Petrowsky tendered her resignation as a member of Dogs Victoria on Friday, 12 January 2018. 

Dogs Victoria does not have power to proceed against a person who is not a member, and accordingly Ms Petrowsky’s resignation has prevented the hearing of these charges and appropriate disciplinary action being taken.   

Dogs Victoria’s Management Committee considers this public statement is made accurately for the purposes of notifying its members and those potentially affected by Ms Petrowsky’s breeding practices in this matter.  Dogs Victoria has further determined that Ms Petrowsky shall not be eligible to be re-admitted as a member and has notified the ANKC  and other relevant organisations of Dogs Victoria’s decision.

Change to Prefix Exam Fee

Friday, 2 February 2018

Please be advised that Management Committee have agreed that the fee for the ‘Prefix Accreditation Program – Open Book Exam’ is to revert back to the 2017 fee of $71.00, effective immediately.

Both the downloadable and online forms have been amended on the website to reflect this change.

The fee for the Open Book Exam will remain at $71.00 until a new Prefix Accreditation Program becomes online and live.  It is anticipated this will become effective later this year.

Any member who had previously paid the 2018 fee of $170.00 can have the difference refunded by providing their bank details and membership number to  

Alternatively, the $99.00 will be held as a credit and can be used for the next submitted application with Dogs Victoria.  If members choose the latter option then no action is required.

Office Telephones - Update

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The Dogs Victoria office is still experiencing problems with the telephone system. Whilst messages can be left on our voicemail system, staff are unable to access them. The office fax line is also presenting connection issues.

Until further notice we suggest contact be made via email if you cannot reach any staff member directly. Full office contact details can be found on our website here

We will continue to keep you updated as our telecommunication issues are resolved and apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime.

Toilets at KCC Park

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Recent problems with the toilets at KCC Park have been caused by foreign material (such as wipes and sanitary products) being flushed.  These items do not break down, and will quickly create a blockage.  Appropriate bins are provided in each cubicle for said items.

Plumbers visiting the site have confirmed this is causing problems, however further investigations are being undertaken to identify any other underlying cause.

In the meantime, signs will be posted in all cubicles at KCC Park to remind members to not flush these items.  Aside from being inconvenient, repairs of blockages to our septic system at KCC Park is an expense to members.

We appreciate your help in preventing this from happening again.

2018 National Retrieving & Field Trial "Hall of Fame"

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Call for Nominations

Details regarding the 2018 Nominations for Retrieving & Field Trial "Hall of Fame" can be viewed here.
Proforma nomination forms have also been created to assist with consistency and format of the information provided.
These two forms can be viewed and downloaded as follows:-

Only nominations using these forms will be forwarded to ANKC Ltd.

Nominations close on 31 May 2018 at respective Member Body offices for forwarding to ANKC Ltd immediately after the aforementioned date.

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