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All the latest news and press releases from Dogs Queensland
    • 04th April 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - French Bulldog Taskforce

    • ANKC Press Release - French Bulldog Taskforce

      PRESS RELEASE - FRENCH BULLDOG TASKFORCE


      In response to the increasing level of possible fraud in the breeding and registration of French Bulldogs and other breeds, the ANKC Ltd Board of Directors has appointed a Taskforce with the following Remit.

      Identify alleged fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, record them and refer them to the appropriate Member Body for investigation.

      Investigate measures to reduce the opportunity for fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, including but not limited to DNA Testing, introduction of Litter Registration Limitations and examination of the implementation of Regulations Part 6.

      The Taskforce has received a substantial amount of valuable information from concerned members and in following up this material will be taking the following action.

      Flag all suspect imported dogs and semen.

      Flag all suspected prefixes that have been identified as breeding non allowable coloured dogs.

      Through the appropriate Member Body appoint “Compliance Investigative Panels” to identify breeders and suspected mismarked dogs who are on the Main Register by microchip scanning and visual identification of the colour of the dog, any dogs identified as being registered on the Main Register who are not a recognised colour to be downgraded to the Limited Register.

      Suspected breaches of the Regulations arising from these investigations will be referred to the breeders Member Body for action.

      Although the Taskforce had initially been appointed to address the French Bulldog problem it will also investigate alleged fraudulent breeding and Registration practices in other breeds, including but not limited to, British Bulldogs, Pugs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.


      TRACEY BARRY
      ANKC LTD ADMINISTRATOR

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    • 10th March 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - French Bulldogs

    • ANKC Press Release - French Bulldogs

      PRESS RELEASE - FRENCH BULLDOGS


      The huge increase in the popularity of the French Bulldog has created opportunities for unethical breeders to exploit the breed, the blatant disregard for the breed standard, and falsifying of colour, via pattern, enabling breeders to charge from $10,000 upwards for puppies, based on the premise of Exotic and Rare Colours, has prompted the Board of Directors of the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd to establish a “Task Force” to investigate the corrupt practices affecting the breed and to make recommendations to strengthen the Regulations to protect the integrity of the registration process.

      Any information that could be of assistance in the investigations should be directed to a Member Body Office for forwarding to the “Task Force”.

      Members of Task Force

      Hugh Gent OAM
      Brian Parker
      David Sales
      Darren Bowey
      Lynette Brown
      Shane Thomas
      Karen Hedberg
      Virginia Gagan-Wilson.


      TRACEY BARRY
      ANKC LTD ADMINISTRATOR

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    • 13th February 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - Notice of Meeting: 2017 National Breed Council

    • ANKC Press Release - Notice of Meeting: 2017 National Breed Council

      MEETING OF NATIONAL BREED COUNCILS
      NOTICE OF MEETING


      Notice is hereby given that the next meeting of National Breed Councils will be held on Saturday, 1 July 2017 commencing at 10.00a.m. at:

      Dogs Victoria Bulla Exhibition Centre
      Calabria Club
      5 Uniting Lane
      BULLA  Victoria  3428

      National Breed Councils are invited to submit agenda items for this meeting to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 28 April 2017 to allow sufficient time for the agenda to be promulgated prior to the meeting.

      National Breed Councils are invited to send two representatives to attend the meeting. The names of your representatives are to be submitted to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 16 June 2017. Only those delegates confirmed by their respective National Breed Council will be permitted entry to the meeting.


      TRACEY BARRY
      ANKC LTD ADMINISTRATOR

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    • 10th February 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - 2018 Grants: Canine Research Foundation

    • ANKC Press Release - 2018 Grants: Canine Research Foundation

      CANINE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
      2018 GRANTS


      Members, Clubs and other organisations please note that the Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for research commencing in 2018 to be funded under the Foundation's Grants program for the year 2018.

      The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funding for research directed at improving canine health.  Canine health refers to research into disease and disease related processes, and/or the prevention of injury and/or disease.

      Proposed research projects should be directed towards producing benefit in some aspect of canine health and must be conducted by an Australian University. Applications will close on 31 MAY, 2017.

      Application forms may be obtained by e-mail from the ANKC Ltd Administrator at the following address:

      tbarry@ankc.org.au.


      TRACEY BARRY
      ADMINISTRATOR

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    • 09th February 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - Obedience Interpretation, etc.

    • ANKC Press Release - Obedience Interpretation, etc.

      NATIONAL OBEDIENCE COMMITTEE
      CLARIFICATION OF GROUP EXERCISES


      Reference is made to the Group Exercises rule in the current ANKC Ltd Rules for the Conduct of Obedience Trials and in particular to clarification of the highlighted section noted below:

      “Group Exercises:

      Group Exercises must consist of a minimum of three (3) dogs and a maximum of ten (10) dogs and must be judged by the same person who officiated in the individual exercises segment of the Trial. Each dog must have a separate Handler for the Group Exercises. If there are insufficient entrants the Judge will ask the Steward to furnish stand-in dogs to make up a Group. These dogs must be left on lead and the Handler must stay next to the dog in the heel position. Unless an exhibitor has multiple entries an exhibit must be handled by the one competitor for all exercises. In extreme weather conditions the Judge shall consider using areas of shade where practical to conduct the group stay exercises.

      The distance between dogs for all group exercises must be approximately two and a half (2.5) metres.”

      The National Obedience & Tracking Committee has confirmed the following interpretation which shall be binding in accordance with the rules:


      Once a dog has been withdrawn from the ring it is no longer being judged, no points awarded.

      This being the case, it may cause insufficient dogs to be eligible for the stay exercises and the steward may ask for any dog to be a stand in for the stay exercises, even one which may have previously been entered and competed in the class in question, because once withdrawn is no longer part of that class.

      Any dog that is being used as a stand in dog for the stay exercises must remain on lead, as per the rule book, regardless of what level the dog competes at.


      TRACEY BARRY
      ADMINISTRATOR
       

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    • 08th February 2017
    • Further Information - Animal Management Legislation - Application for Approved Entity

    • Further Information - Animal Management Legislation - Application for Approved Entity

      Further to my recent updates on the Legislation amendment, I give you an update below.

      As a reminder yet again, the process for Dogs Queensland applying to become an approved entity follows:

      1.        Meet with BioSecurity Queensland to discuss the requirements for approved entities under the Act and the functions of the database.

      2.       Following the meeting, Dogs Queensland would need to provide BioSecurity Queensland with a written proposal of how they would be able to meet these requirements.

      3.         BioSecurity Queensland will assess the proposal to ensure it will meet the provisions of the Act. There may be a need to clarify some issues before the proposal is finalised.

      4.         BioSecurity Queensland will brief the Minister on the application and proposal.

      5.       If approved by the Minister, the appropriate amendments to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Regulation 2009 will need to be drafted.

      As stated previously, the Dogs Queensland Board met on 9 January for an extra Board meeting to discuss this matter further and the Board resolved the following motions;

      a)  It was resolved that Dogs Queensland apply to the Queensland Government to be an approved entity on the basis that the addresses of the breeder members be c/- Dogs Queensland.

      b)  It was resolved that in the event that the Government will not accept the provision of breeder members’ addresses as being c/- Dogs Queensland, that the avenue of seeking a legislative exemption for Dogs Queensland similar to that provided to primary producers and underpinned by a Memorandum of Understanding between Dogs Queensland and the Director General of the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries be negotiated.

      c)  It was resolved that confirmation be sought by way of legal advice that the provision of addresses as being c/- Dogs Queensland would require a change to the legislation as it is currently worded and further, that advice be sought as to whether Dogs Queensland is at liberty to provide the home addresses of breeder members as one of the requirements for being an approved entity.

      d)  It was resolved that legal advice be sought from Clayton Utz regarding the privacy implications for Dogs Queensland in its negotiations with the Queensland Government on the puppy farming legislation.

      In regards to point 1 above, General Manager Rob Harrison met with Greg McDougall, Senior Policy Officer Biosecurity Queensland on 10 January to discuss their Approved Entity Guidelines document and Dogs Queensland potentially applying to become an approved entity. To review the Government's Guidelines document, please CLICK HERE.

      In regards to points a), b) and c) above, members of the Dogs Queensland Board met with the Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Economic Development, Mr Bill Byrne MP on Monday 23 January. Minister Byrne was informed of the advice obtained by Dogs Queensland from Clayton Utz on Thursday 19 January where it was considered that there are legal problems in Dogs Queensland disclosing the personal details of its breeder members under the Act to the chief executive and accordingly Dogs Queensland would need to seek consent from its breeder members to disclose their personal information to the chief executive. Minister Byrne confirmed that no dispensation would be given to Dogs Queensland to provide breeder members’ addresses c/- Dogs Queensland nor would a legislative exemption be granted. Minister Byrne did, however undertake to facilitate a Meeting with Biosecurity Queensland, Dogs Queensland and RSPCA prior to the legislation being enacted.

      The matter was discussed once again at the Dogs Queensland Board Meeting on 30 January and it was unanimously resolved that Dogs Queensland would apply to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an approved entity under the Animal Management (Protecting Puppies) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2016 (Act) and the General Manager be authorised to make such application.

      To enable Dogs Queensland to nullify the legal risk involved, urgent approval would be sought by means of a simple electronic survey from breeder members, i.e. anyone with a prefix, to provide their designated details to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an ‘accredited breeder’ under the Act. As a reminder, ‘designated details’ are defined as such;

      o person’s name;
      o address of:
                           o the person’s place of residence; or
                           o the body corporate’s place of business, head office or registered office;
      o relevant local government area of the person or body corporate;
      o person’s telephone number;
      o person’s email address;
      o person’s accreditation number;
      o date the person became an accredited breeder;
      o date the person’s accreditation ends; or
      o date a person ceases to be an accredited breeder and their accreditation number at the time.

      I would also remind you again that the only information that will be publicly available is listed below. Members of the public will only be able to conduct searches on individual breeder/accreditation numbers and will not be able to search on any other criteria, such as breed, local Government area, name, etc;

      o person’s name;
      o person’s accreditation number;
      o date the person’s accreditation ends;
      o relevant local Government area in which—
                            o the person’s place of residence is located; or
                            o the body corporate’s place of business, head office or registered office is located; and
      o person’s telephone number or email address, as decided by the person.

      An important survey will be provided to breeder members on 9 February. Breeder members will be asked for their permission to provide their designated details to the Queensland Government to be recognised as an ‘accredited breeder’ under the Act. Again, I reiterate that accreditation (membership) number, date of accreditation ending, local government area and either phone number or email, will be displayed publicly. It is vitally important that you provide this designated detailed information as soon as possible to assist in the application for approved entity.

      Under the legislation, all dog breeders have to be registered one way or another. If breeder members choose to not provide permission for Dogs Queensland to provide their designated details, then they will have to register as a private individual, there is no other option. The act will take effect for all litters whelped after 26 May 2017.

      I would urge you more than I ever have to provide us with this permission so we can remain strong as the collective voice of pure bred dog breeders in Queensland.

      Kind Regards
      Shane Thomas
      Dogs Queensland President


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    • 06th February 2017
    • Logan City Council - Chip-N-Dip Event 18 February

    • Logan City Council Chip-N-Dip Event 18 February

      The following email was distributed by the Logan City Council regarding an event they are conducting at Priestdale on Saturday 18 February and some Dogs Queensland members may be interested:

      Logan City Council’s City Standards and Animal Care Branch will be hosting their very first ever Chip-N-Dip in 2017. It will be held at Underwood Park, Priestdale on Saturday 18 February between 7.30am-10.30am. It is a very exciting time of year as we are starting to organise this event. We hope the success of the initial event will allow for its continuation throughout the year.

      If this event is a success we will be organising 3 other events. The dates are as follows;

      Alexander Clark Park, Loganholme Saturday 8 April
      Riverdale Park, Meadowbrook Saturday 30 September

      Logan Gardens, Logan Central Saturday 25 November

      Keeping our canine BFF’s safe and happy is a priority for the Animal Care Team. Many animals that come into the centre found wandering or lost have no identification to be reunited with their owners. So, we will be offering discounted microchipping and hydro-bath services on the day for Logan residents. Owners can also enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh juice and chat with a dog behavioural specialist who will be on hand to discuss dog park etiquette, socialisation skills and enrichment.

      Having your dog microchipped greatly improves the odds of your pet being returned safely. The added bonus is that all dogs microchipped at Chip-N-Dip for a low cost of $25 will receive a complimentary hydro-bath. It will be a pawfect day out for dogs and their owners.

      Please get behind this great initiative and help spread the word!!!!!

      I have attached an image that you can save and upload to your personal Facebook page. The marketing team will be promoting this campaign on the Logan City Council and Pets of Logan page but we can start the ball rolling now ourselves. Just think how many people we can reach just by sharing on our own pages.

      Please click on either of the following link for an A4 size poster you can display to help promote the event. Hope to see you there: A4 Poster

      Please use the image provided for upload and the blurb below;

      Logan City Council is offering discounted microchipping and hydro-bath services for Logan residents. Owners can also enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh juice and chat with a dog behavioural specialist who will be on hand to discuss dog park etiquette, socialisation skills and enrichment. Come along to Underwood Park, Priestdale on Saturday 18 February from 7.30am to 10.30am. All dogs microchipped will receive a complimentary hydro-bath. It will be a pawfect day out for dogs and their owners. Terms and Conditions apply. For more information, visit www.logan.qld.gov.au/animals

      Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or queries.

      Thanks again for your support.

      Kind regards

      Kylie Brookes
      Community Education Officer | City Standards and Animal Care Branch | Logan City Council
      Phone: 07 3412 4839 | PO Box 3226 Logan City DC Qld 4114 | KylieBrookes@logan.qld.gov.au.


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    • 03rd February 2017
    • AGM Notice 2017

    • AGM Notice 2017

      Please CLICK HERE to view Dogs Queensland's AGM Notice for 29 March 2017 (which includes a detailed summary of proposed Constitution changes).

      Please CLICK HERE to view the proposed 2017 Constitution which shows all changes made from the current Constitution to now - note that deletions are marked in red (with single strikethrough) and additions are marked in green.

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    • 12th January 2017
    • ANKC Press Release - Love is blind but it doesn't have to be

    • ANKC Press Release - Love is blind but it doesn't have to be

      Please CLICK HERE to view a Press Release document from the ANKC, titled "Love is blind but it doesn't have to be".

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    • 09th January 2017
    • CCCQ Ltd Board of Director Nominations 2017

    • CCCQ Ltd Board of Director Nominations 2017

      Please click on the link below, which enables you to download the CCCQ Ltd Board of Director Nominations for 2017.

      This document can also be viewed from the Dogs Queensland website Latest News section:

      CLICK HERE


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