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.
Wednesday, 17 January 2018
Management Committee, at their December 2017 meeting agreed that affiliates with less than 20 financial members could use a function room at KCC Park or the Bulla Exhibition Centre for a meeting without being required to pay a fee.
Friday, 5 January 2018
As a result of the National Junior Handler Committee Chairperson report being endorsed by the ANKC Board at their meeting in October 2017 the amendment to the ANKC Open Book Junior Handler Judges Exam was approved.
This amendment was changing the score from 80 to 60.
The ANKC website has been updated with the amended exam under Regulations Part 15 and can be viewed via the ANKC website here
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.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
The National Agility Committee has confirmed the following clarification in regards to Rule 4.3 – Height Card in the updated Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials which are effective from 1 January 2018.
If a dog that has been measured is not 2 years old as of 1 January 2018 (with the exception of dogs in the 600 height category) then it will be required to be re-measured when it reaches 2 years of age. The full ANKC Press Release can be read here
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.
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.
Friday, 27 October 2017
The National Obedience & Tracking Committee has confirmed a substantial deduction applies where a dog who fails to stand on the lead up to the final portion of the Signal Exercise in the UD Class.
View the Press Release here for further detail.
Monday, 18 September 2017
Dogs Victoria is aware that under the Victorian Road Safety Rules 2017 (Part 18 - Miscellaneous Road Rules), it is prohibited to lead an animal by the driver of a motor vehicle or rider of a bicycle (and includes tethering of an animal to a motor vehicle or bicycle). This has implications for the ANKC accredited Endurance Test.
Dogs Victoria is aware of this issue and OTEC will address the issue at its next meeting and then discuss this at national level, but current plans are for ET trials to continue in 2018.
Dogs Victoria will keep members advised of further developments on this issue.
Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Members will note that Dogs Victoria’s ‘Amend the Bill’ website is currently on hold as it is being updated with new content to reflect the changes in our campaign and to support our ongoing promotion of purebred dogs. The new site will still maintain our central message of ‘keeping puppies in the home’ but we also need to prepare for the outcome of consultations with the Government over the amended Bill. We understand the urgency in getting the new site up ASAP, so stay tuned for further updates.
Click through to our Education Seminar Series page to access further information.