BREEDER and exhibitor Betty Judge (Plushcourt) has been warned, censured and fined £1,000 for producing false paperwork relating to four Portuguese Podengos.
The complaint against Mrs Judge, who breeds Podengos, Border Terriers and Petits Bassets Griffons Vendéens, was that she had behaved discreditably or prejudicially to the interests of the canine world in that on or around November 3, 2008, in support of her claim to maintain endorsements under regulation B12 in respect of four dogs sold to Janet and John Tiranti (Garthfield), she submitted four contracts to the KC and represented to the KC that Mrs Tiranti had signed the contracts knowing that that representation was false, or being reckless as to its truth, or failing to show due care and consideration as to its truth.
The Podengos invoved were Plushcourt Titere of Garthfield (Smarty) who was sold for £450, P Pantufa of G (Ella) for £1,000, P Passaro of G (Bodie) for £900, and P Broche of G (Lola) for £900.
In March this year, Mrs Judge was ordered to pay damages and costs after Mr and Mrs Tiranti took civil action against her. Shortly before the county court hearing all parties reached agreement when Mrs Judge conceded that the four contracts were not signed by Mrs Tiranti or on her behalf.
The court ordered Mrs Judge to take steps to lift the restrictions on the four dogs and pay the Tirantis £5,000 in damages, and an interim payment of indemnity costs of £15,000 by April 14.
The Disciplinary Sub-Committee comprised chairman Wilson Young, Steve Croxford, Roy Page and Ian Kettle. Presenting the KC’s case was barrister Robert Dowling, and counsel for Mrs Judge was Frank Abbott.
Mr Dowling said that the KC had become involved when the Tirantis wrote saying that the endorsements placed on the four puppies had not been lifted by Mrs Judge, as had been promised verbally by her. In addition to the usual stipulations, these endorsements prevented the Tirantis from registering progeny and from exporting the puppy.
Mrs Tiranti told the KC that Mrs Judge had promised to lift the endorsements but would not now do so.