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KC ban for exhibitors on RSPCA charge

A LEADING dog judge and her son have been banned from all KC events under Rule A42 for two years, following their conviction on animal neglect charges.

At its meeting held on 17 March 2005 the General Committee considered the conviction of Mrs B J Parmenter and Mr R Parmenter from the Bexley Magistrates Court in November 2004 with regard to offences under the Protection of Animals Act 1911.

Bexley magistrates heard how RSPCA Chief Inspector Beth Clements went to the Kent home of 66-year-old Brenda Parmenter in April 2004, following a tip-off. There she discovered four of Mrs Parmenter's seven dogs living in filthy conditions in cages stacked in her hallway. One of the dogs had been so badly neglected that it had gone blind in one eye and another had deep, open, infected sores.

Two male cocker spaniels, Liam and William, and two bitches, Sam and Heidi, were severely underweight, were suffering from cuts and infections which were seeping pus, had overgrown nails, and faeces was matted into their hair.

All four dogs were immediately taken for veterinary treatment before being boarded at an RSPCA establishment. After six days of treatment and improvements to their care, the animals were transformed from muddy, smelly, scratching creatures to clean, healthier looking dogs.

Mrs Parmenter's 42-year-old son Roy, who lives with her at their Belvedere home, also admitted causing the animals unnecessary suffering.

The pair, who have bred dogs for 25 years, were given a disqualification order and the four dogs were handed over to the RSPCA. Mother and son were each fined £100, ordered to pay £50 costs and banned from keeping dogs for two years. The dogs taken from their home were later rehomed by the RSPCA.

The KC’s General Committee issued the following statement:

‘The Committee having carefully considered the submissions on the part of Mrs B J Parmenter and Mr R Parmenter with regard to their convictions of causing unnecessary suffering under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 from the Bexley Magistrates Court on 1 November 2004.

‘The Committee impose the following penalties:

1. To warn them as to their future conduct [A42 j (1)]
2. To censure them [A42 j (2)]
3. To suspend them from exhibiting at, taking part in, attending and/or having any connection with any event licensed by the Club. If any person suspended or disqualified under this sub-paragraph shall attend any canine event whilst suspended or disqualified the General Committee shall have the power to increase the period of suspension and/or disqualification [A42 j (4)]
4. To disqualify them from being or becoming a member of any canine club or society registered with or affiliated to the Kennel Club [A42 j (5)]
5. To suspend them from acting as an Officer or serving on the Committee of any canine society [A42 j (6)]
6. To disqualify them from taking part in the management of any event licensed by the Club [A42 j (7)]
7. To disqualify them from judging at any event licensed by the Club [A42 j (8)]
8. To disqualify from registration and/or competition any or all dogs and/or progeny of such dogs which are owned and/or registered by them (whether or not jointly owned and/or whether or not owned and/or registered in the name of a nominee) [A42 j (9)]

The suspensions and disqualifications are to be for a period of two (2) years from March 17 2005.
The Committee, following the impositions of these penalties, would draw the attention of the Respondents to the effect of Rule A 42 sub-section n.

Whilst the Committee has every sympathy with Mrs Parmenter and Mr Parmenter’s health problems the Committee feel that this does not excuse the neglect of their dogs which caused unnecessary suffering. It is regrettable that they allowed this situation to develop and did not seek help or assistance. The Breeders Helpline (supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust) is available as a confidential source of assistance in this type of circumstance.’