Life ban for ear-cropping pair

Created: 29/03/2016

A MOTHER and son who cropped the ears of Dobermann puppies have been banned for life by the Kennel Club.

Hungarian born Antia Lodine-Gombkoto, 43, and Tibor Baranyi, 19, of Rotten End, Wethersfield, Braintree, Essex, had been convicted of trading as a pet shop without a licence at The Orchards, Shalford Green in Braintree in Essex, causing unnecessary suffering to a Dobermann by failing to provide veterinary treatment for an ear infection, and causing unnecessary suffering to a Dobermann by the ‘inappropriate splinting of cropped ears’.

Chelmsford Magistrates heard the dogs were in small cages ‘sodden with faeces and urine’, and that one had its ears splinted and bandaged.   Four Bulldogs, a French Bulldog and two Dobermann puppies were also found at the premises.

The court banned them from keeping dogs for ten years and imposed an eight-week jail term suspended for 12 months, ordered them to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, and ordered them to pay £3,407.27 costs between them and £80 victim surcharges each.

The case was discussed recently by the KC’s Disciplinary Sub-Committee which heard that Lodine-Gombkoto and Baranyi had registered two litters in 2015. It 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.


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