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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Issue: 15/06/2018

Good man gone bad?

What can make a seemingly good person turn to crime?
I ask this after reading about the vet, Daniel Doherty, who has been found guilty of fraud.
There are people online who say that he is an excellent veterinary surgeon. They say he is kind, hard working and highly skilled. And yet here he is guilty of singing off false health checks so that a criminal gang can sell puppy farmed dogs to innocent people.
The motive seems to be greed. In your report you say he made 75,000 from the scam. Now we all know that vets are not poorly paid. Anyone who has ever had a vets bill will know that they are not cheap places to go. So why did he get so greedy?
Perhaps we will never know the reason why he did it. One thing is for certain the hard fought reputation he had built up has now disappeared. He will forever be the 'fraudulent vet'. His career may be at an end.
I know people will be disappointed about the fact he did not go to prison but I think the fact that a good man knows he will never be seen as 'good' again is definitely a punishment.
Hopefully, he will bounce back. We all deserve a second chance and perhaps he told himself he was not doing anything wrong as the money came in for a simple signature.
I had a friend who was a Buddhist and he once told me that, 'If you are not wise your desires will get the best of you and a good man can go bad.' 
It seems that this has happened to Mr Doherty and I hope he has learnt his lesson.
Yours etc,
James Muir


Common sense!

At Southern Counties show on Sunday there were a number of temperament issues.  Our breed is Cocker Spaniels, and in the breed classes, a dog was disqualified for attacking another exhibit.  
A Shih Tzu, being trimmed on her own table by a Cocker exhibitor, attacked the Cocker on the next table.
Then I saw a fight between two Flatcoats.
And finally, from a personal point of view, my wife was waiting at the ringside for her class when her dog was attacked by a Spinone, about 10 feet away from its handler on an extending lead.  The woman just gave it a sharp yank and yelled "Come here!" but didn't say a word to my wife.  Our boy was very upset, and she found it almost impossible to control him in the ring, he just wanted to get back to the safety on his cage.
Why on earth can't breeders follow a simple, common-sense rule - no matter how good a dog looks, if it has a suspect temperament, don't breed from it!
Yours etc
Roy Wheatley

KC not the whole problem

Your opinion about the demise of open shows states that the Kennel Club is doing things to encourage more people to enter them. However, that is not the whole problem. 
Several clubs have de-registered and closed due to various reasons. Some are to do with the age of committee members and the fact that recruiting younger people is virtually impossible. Another reason is the number of dog show venues  that are closing.
Wood Green Animal Shelter, near Huntingdon, will no longer hold dog  shows from the end of this year. Some of the regular shows that are held there are moving to North Essex, Coventry and Grantham. Keysoe Equestrain centre in Bedfordshire will stop having dog shows in the near future. For those that live in the east of the country, travel times to these new locations may be too much and to costly for some.
The Kennel Club is aware of these places closing and it is not just in the east. Without the venues, there will be less shows and unless something is done by those in authority very soon, that decline will increase. Clubs and societies chase new venues all the time, some successfully, others not so. 
I believe the Kennel Club should invest in regional centres to allow shows to be held. This would stop the decline in one go and improve the entry numbers  at a stroke. 
Yours etc
Andrew Height 

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