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Webinar Presentation by Animal Welfare Victoria

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Dogs Victoria members can now view the webinar presentation on our YouTube channel which has been provided to Dogs Victoria by Animal Welfare Victoria, a part of the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.  More information about Animal Welfare Victoria is available here

To find out more about Dogs Victoria and the changes to the Domestic Animals Act, please visit our Legislation page on this website.


Animal Welfare Victoria - new Facebook page

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

To stay updated with Animal Welfare Victoria (government department) developments as they relate to the Regulations from the Domestic Animals Act, head over to their new Facebook page, just launched this week.


ANKC Press Release - Kangal Shepherd Dog

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A press release from ANKC Ltd can be read here regarding the Kangal Shepherd Dog.


KCC Park Boxhall Pavilion - Eighth Ring

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

At the Management Committee meeting held in June 2018 it was agreed that when an all breeds championship show and a breed club show are being held at KCC Park, and there is inclement weather, the eighth ring in the Pavilion can be used. 


Domestic Animals Bill - Updated Fact Sheets

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dogs Victoria have been provided with three updated fact sheets regarding the Domestic Animals Act, with further information about the source number and the Pet Exchange Register - read more here.  If you require further information, members are encouraged to send their feedback and questions to Animal Welfare Victoria via pet.welfare@ecodev.vic.gov.au or 136 186.

Members should note that Animal Welfare Victoria have indicated their intent to introduce further regulations that will make a source number mandatory for all breeders, regardless of whether they advertise.  We will seek further details from Animal Welfare Victoria on the detail and timing of these future regulations. 


Model Health Management Plan

Thursday, 21 June 2018

A condition of Applicable Organisation status is that Dogs Victoria’s Codes of Practice comply with requirements set by the Victorian Government.  Breeders maintaining a Health Management Plan is one of these.

Dogs Victoria has developed this Plan for its breeder members, so they do not need to develop their own.
Click here to read more.


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.


New legislation section on the website

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

As the Victorian Government resumes debate on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Bill 2016, it remains vital that all members are informed of any changes which may affect your obligations as a member of Dogs Victoria.

As such we have created a new section on our website called ‘Victorian Legislation’.  This section will contain continually evolving information as issues relating to canine welfare are raised. 


New Regulation - Shortened Tails Registration Process

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Members are notified of the new Shortened Tails Registration Process as approved by Management Committee at their November 2017 meeting.

This is a new regulation which will be updated on our website shortly.  Click here to read more.
Members have until 31 December 2017 to comply with the process.


Conclusion to litigation relating to Irish Wolfhound registrations

Monday, 27 November 2017

On Wednesday, 22 November, Dogs Victoria successfully resolved two Magistrates’ Court proceedings commenced against us in 2014 by a group of current members and Irish Wolfhound breeders. Dogs Victoria is relieved to have achieved a final conclusion to over five years of litigation relating to inaccuracies contained in applications for litter registration made by a previous member of Dogs Victoria of two Irish Wolfhounds in 2007, resulting in those dogs wrongfully being entered onto the ANKC Main Register and therefore wrongfully entitled to the benefits of registration.

In their claims, the plaintiffs alleged that Dogs Victoria had breached its duties and obligations under legislation and our Rules in the decisions made to address the inaccuracies in the original litter registrations, which also affected the progeny of those litters. The plaintiffs also complained that Dogs Victoria were negligent in the decisions we made. We have and continue to deny these allegations, and have been required to spend considerable resources defending the claims and the integrity of our internal governance.

On 8 June 2016, Magistrate Smith ruled that an unregistered dog known as ‘Murphy’ was the sire of the dogs that were entered on to the Main Register in 2007, and that those dogs were to be removed from the Main Register. Following this, the plaintiffs asked the Court to have ‘Murphy’ entered onto the ANKC Main Register to reinstate the dogs initially registered in 2007.

At a hearing on 24 October 2017, Magistrate Smith agreed with submissions made by Dogs Victoria that Murphy was ineligible for registration on the Main Register.  Following this ruling, Dogs Victoria and the plaintiffs have settled the litigation. On 23 November 2017, the Magistrates’ Court dismissed the members’ proceedings with no order as to costs.

The legal costs of these proceedings have been predominantly recovered under Dogs Victoria’s insurance. A final reconciliation will be available within the annual reports.


Hot off the Press

A Notice to all Melbourne Royal Show 2022 Participants

It has come to Dogs Victoria's attention that parking on Leonard Crescent, Flemington has changed from previous years. Although it is directed in your drop off/pick up parking permits to park in the Broadcast (Victoria University) carpark, on day one there was no ability to pay cash at the gate with members being advised that they needed to prebook. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be clear guidance on how to pre pay for this parking.

 

The Melbourne Royal Show has advised Dogs Victoria that exhibitors can access the main Flemington Racecourse carpark after drop off. Alternatives are to pay for local private house parking or park at the local school. Dogs Victoria is continuing to seek clarity from The Melbourne Royal Show regarding exhibitor car parking and will update members as soon as any further information is available. I encourage members to preplan their parking and to share this with any Melbourne Royal Show Exhibitors to avoid any parking complications.

 

Kind Regards,

Jason Eggleton | Chief Executive

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