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New York, NY - Highlights from the May 2003 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:

· The Board authorized the transfer of 2.5 million dollars from the Operating Reserve to a Special Reserve for System Redesign. This figure includes $628,000 to stabilize the current registration system and $1,353,000 in overtime and temporary labor to continue operating the registration system through the end of 2003. The cost estimate to redesign and implement systems modifications and an on-line registration process is $500,000.

· The Board approved a sponsorship grant of $50,000 for the September 19-21, 2003, AKC Canine Health Foundation Parent Club Health Conference in St. Louis, MO.

· It was agreed that the AKC would finance an Obedience Team to compete in the 2004 Crufts Obedience World Cup Competition.

· The Belorussean Cynological Union and the Asociacion Ecuadorian De Registras Cannis (Ecuador) were added to the list of registries with pedigrees eligible for AKC registration.

· The Open Registration Fee was reduced to $15, effective September 1, 2003.

· The Board approved amendments to the Retriever Field Trial Rules concerning a Derby and an Owner-Handler Qualifying Stake. These changes will be presented to the AKC Delegates for a vote.

· The following Delegates were approved: Ms. Barbara M. Dille to represent the Standard Schnauzer Club of America; Ms. Judith A. Porter to represent the Catonsville Kennel Club, Inc.; James J. Primmer to represent the Portland Dog Obedience Club, Inc.; Ms. Abbe R. Shaw to represent the Santa Barbara Kennel Club; Ms. Suzanne Dower Sliney to represent the Pasco Florida Kennel Club, Inc.; Ms. Laura Wells to represent the Trap Falls Kennel Club, Inc.

Eleven individuals from California, Florida, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas were suspended for refusal to make dogs and/or records available. One individual from Tennessee was suspended for cruelty violations. Three individuals from Kansas and Missouri were suspended for miscellaneous violations.