Suspension is a penalty handed down by the Disciplinary Committee for a specified period of time. A suspension may be imposed when a breach of the Dogs Victoria Code, Constitution, Rules and/or Regulations has been proven and comes into effect immediately at the conclusion of the Hearing.
Members can also be “administratively” suspended (Rule 2.11 refers) for failure to provide documents/information.
Suspension is from all member privileges as set out in the attached (Rule 2.12). When suspended, a member may not breed or compete. Please see the sections set out below for further information.
Important Note: Where a Disciplinary Panel imposes specific penalties in alignment with Regulation 5.6.1 these shall come into effect immediately at the conclusion of the Hearing and may override any of the points specified below.
All findings stand and are publicised in accordance with Regulation 3.11 immediately following a Hearing (irrespective of the lodgement of an Appeal). Where an appeal is upheld (and charges dismissed), website listings are removed. However, Gazetted notifications will still go to print as a result of lead times, with the Appeal outcome publication to follow.
You are still a member. Your privileges of membership however, have been suspended for a specified period of time.
Yes. Should a further breach be detected during the course of your suspension, you can be subjected to Disciplinary proceedings for this matter during the course of an existing suspension.
Under the Dogs Victoria Rules/Regulations, a suspended member will be subject to the following:
No. Your stud dog/s cannot be used in a mating. Any breeding bitches may not be bred from during the course of your suspension.
Management Committee, at its meeting held 19 April 2017 determined that should a bitch be mated prior to the imposition of a suspension that the litter will be registered. Under the Dogs Victoria Rules/Regulations, a breeder is required to register all living progeny. Failure to do so will result in a further breach.
Should there be puppies on the ground or a bitch already in whelp when the suspension is imposed, you can advertise. Under the Dogs Victoria Rules, you are required to quote your membership number.
STOP! Suspension precludes a member from signing over Pedigree papers. Should a transfer document be received from a buyer, it is highly unlikely that the dog can be transferred. Applications of this nature are submitted on an independent case by case basis to the Management Committee for consideration. As a result, your obligation as the seller is to inform buyers of the imminent delays relating to Pedigree paperwork.
First and foremost, all living progeny must be registered. You will be required to notify Dogs Victoria of this incident.
Breeding whilst under suspension, even if “accidental” will result in further disciplinary action.
Suspension precludes a member from the right to sign over a Pedigree. Any applications received during the term of a suspension will not be considered.
In some circumstances, you may attend as long as you do not handle or participate in any official manner.
Where a Disciplinary Panel imposes Regulation 5.6.1, the provisions of the Regulation supersede the statement above.
No. You may not lodge an entry even if the show is scheduled to be held at a future date.
No. Whilst suspended, you may not Judge, Steward or Rep at any VCA sanctioned event.
No. You may not enter into a contract whilst under suspension.
Subject to provisions made within an individual Club’s Constitution, a suspended member can continue to hold a general committee post. However, a suspended member is not entitled to hold an office bearing position under the Dogs Victoria Regulations.
General Club activities are acceptable provided that this does not cross over into any VCA sanctioned event (and is acceptable under the Constitution of the relevant Club).