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

· Dennis B. Sprung was appointed Acting President/ Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2004.

· The AKC Board Chairman reported on the appointment of a committee to thoroughly investigate all possible conflict of interest situations in the sport of purebred dogs. The Committee is to be chaired by David Merriam, AKC Board Vice Chairman, with members Judith Daniels, Dennis Sprung, Helen Lee James, and James Smith. AKC staff support will be provided by Michael Swick, AKC General Counsel, and James Crowley, AKC Executive Secretary.

· The Cesky Terrier was approved for competition in AKC Earthdog Tests, effective January 1, 2004.

· The Union Cynologique Saint Hubert du Grand Duche de Luxembourg was added to the list of registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.

· At the request of the Canadian Kennel Club, the Board approved the acceptance of pedigrees from the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation for Canadian-bred American Eskimo Dogs until the breed becomes CKC registrable.

· The following Delegates were approved: Kurt D. Anderson to represent the Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America, Inc.; Ms. Marcy Bankus to represent the Fox Valley Kennel Club, Inc.; Ms. Jane M. Brumley to represent the Tidewater Kennel Club of Virginia, Inc.; Lawrence W. Coleman to represent the Inland Empire Kennel Association, Inc.; Dr. John L. Hyatt to represent Greater Hickory Kennel Club, Inc.

· Two individuals from Alabama and Missouri were suspended for failure to comply with the rules and regulations for recordkeeping and identification. Six individuals from Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee were suspended for refusal to make dogs and/or records available. Two individuals from Pennsylvania were suspended for miscellaneous violations.