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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

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.


Below is a summary of court proceedings involving Dogs Victoria - 16 May 2016

Saturday, 4 March 2017

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.


Restricted Breed Legislation

Saturday, 25 February 2017

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


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