Ridgeback exhibitor banned by KC

Created: 29/03/2016

A RHODESIAN Ridgeback breeder and exhibitor has been banned for five years by the Kennel Club after her conviction for causing unnecessary suffering to one of her dogs.

  Deborah Fuller, 57, of the Nyuki Ridgebacks and Hamilton Stovare was found guilty year ago of dragging one of her dogs behind a car.

  She was also convicted of failing to take him to a vet. She had denied the charges.

  Fuller, of Harwich Road, Lawford, Manningtree, Essex, banned her for five years from keeping animals and ordered her to pay £3,000 costs. She was also given a year’s community order and a two-month curfew. Chelmsford Magistrates confiscated Ms Fuller’s 27 Ridgebacks who at the time were in the RSPCA’s care.

  The KC’s Disciplinary Sub-Committee considered the matter and imposed the following disqualifications:

  • From exhibiting at, taking part in, attending and/or having any connection with any event licensed by the club A11j4;
  • From being or becoming a member of any canine club or society registered with or affiliated to the KC A11j5;
  • From acting as an officer or serving on the committee of any canine society A11j6;
  • From taking part in the management of any event licensed by the club A11j7;
  • From judging at any KC-licensed event A11j8;
  • From registering any or all dogs and/or progeny of such dogs who are owned nd/or registered by her, whether or not jointly owned and/or whether or not owned and/or registered in the name of a nominee A11j9.

  The sub-committee said it had noted that Ms Fuller’s explanation was that the car boot had malfunctioned, releasing the dog from her car, resulting in the injuries.

  A spokesman said: “In view of the confiscation order by the court, before reinstatement Ms Fuller will need to reapply and give satisfactory written reassurances and undertakings to the General Committee that she has appropriate resources in place to meet the welfare requirements of the dogs in her care and control, should she intend to resume any of the activities as listed above.”

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