Leonbergers and GSDs found in ‘terrible state’
A LEONBERGER breeder and exhibitor has had a warrant granted for her arrest after failing to appear in court in Scotland on two charges involving causing unnecessary suffering to dogs.
Lynda Fedorec, who bred Leonbergers and formerly German Shepherds under the Fedonda affix, was to answer charges of acts of cruelty alleged to have taken place at her farm in Dumfries in February.
She is alleged to have been responsible for the care of two German shepherd dogs, a Leonberger bitch and three Leonberger puppies and failed to provide them with food and necessary veterinary attention.
She is also accused of leaving one puppy in a wire cage without proper supervision and as a consequence it tried to jump out of the cage and became trapped between the cage and wooden boarding for an extended period and died.
Jean Connor, a Scottish based Leonberger judge, was alerted to the tragedy after receiving a call from a local shelter who had taken in Ms Fedorec’s dogs. She described how she had received the news from the shelter, who know of her involvement with the breed. Mrs Connor was asked to visit the shelter and was appalled by the condition of the dogs.
She told our dogs: ‘When I received the phone call from the manageress at the Dog and Cat Home (Glasgow) asking if I would be able to call at the home and see the condition of the three puppies I went to the home that day and was dismayed by the condition of the puppies. They were very small and looked like six week old babies. They had been very dehydrated and had spent two nights and two days in the vet's surgery on a drip.
‘The next thing I found out was that the mother of the pups and one more puppy were in another home and it was arranged for me to visit them next day. I went along in the morning and was allowed in to see an adult and a fourth puppy. The puppy was in better shape than the dog and two bitches I had seen in Glasgow. The mother was in very lean condition but I watched her being fed and she ate up and cleaned her dish. The puppy also ate up with great enthusiasm.
‘Myself and a friend, Ann Bell, both went to see them next day. Ann had seen the pups at five weeks and we worked out that they were about 12- 13 weeks by now. Even after only a few four4 had really good temperaments and I could not praise the staff at both homes highly enough for the care and attention they gave to the pups.
‘I hope the police find her and the court socks it to her.’
Ms Fedorec’s website boasts line-breeding for health and temperament and claims to have had only one visit to the vets in 12 years. she also says that all her pups are well socialised and confident, particularly with children. Her stud dog, Manorguard Amoruso cum Fedonda (Lincoln) is also advertised on her website as being from the first Champion in the UK, with a stud fee of £900. Sadly Lincoln died from suspected torsion last year. Despite claims that Lincoln’s body had been removed shortly after his death by local vets, his body was found at the same time as the puppies, where it had been apparently hidden in a shed for up to five months.
Joan Rushby of the Jocolda Leonbergers told our dogs: ‘I sold Mrs Fedorec two Leonbergers, 1 male and some months later a female. When Lynda first contacted me for a puppy she told me all about herself: happily married with three children and GSDs, she lived in a huge farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere. She had been a GSD breeder for some time and produced me some very nice pictures of her dogs etc. She only worked part-time and she and her husband owned a successful limousine company and had been looking at the Leonberger for some time I believe.
‘When she contacted me I was just about to have a litter from Ch Manorguard Proud Mary, who had been mated to my male and she was to have her puppies here with me, Mary had her puppies and one a male (Lincoln) was sold to Lynda. from selling this pup to her we became good friends and spoke daily over the phone, our friendship grew and we often visited and stayed at each others houses enjoyed each others company.
‘Due to a marriage break up, our contact became less and in 2006, Lynda told us she was pregnant and was due to have her baby in July 07. We asked if she could cope etc and she said she was ok. She then rang and said she had mated Caddy to Lincoln. The mating was rather close but it was done again we asked if she could cope with a litter of puppies and she said yes, within a week of mating Caddy she rang crying and said she had found Lincoln dead and the vet had been and said it looked like he had bloat. She told me then that the vet had taken him away and Caddy went on to have 13 pups of which 10 survived.
‘As the weeks went by we put many people in touch with her for puppies and she would not answer the calls, or if she did, did not want anyone to go and see them. We tried many times to contact her but never had an answer. After Christmas we visited Lynda. There were 6 pups; she said she had sold 4. They were in a big pen, they were not massive puppies but appeared very wormy, they were very happy outgoing puppies. Caddy was in the garage, also again very happy looked well, a little underweight and no coat what so ever. We offered to take the dogs home with us but she said no she was ok. i did take one home with me.
‘The next we heard was when Jean Connor rang and told me the above story, I immediately got in touch with the dogs home and offered to drive up to Glasgow and get them etc, and they then told me the awful story about them, but assured me that apart from one GSD that had to be put to sleep, the Leonbergers were fine and improving daily, in fact Caddy was in the vet’s being spayed as I spoke to them. Also they had homes waiting for them even some of the police who rescued them were on the list to give them new homes when they were all neutered etc. We all decided to let the dogs go to their new homes and hoped that Lynda would be dealt with by the authorities in time, it seems that that time has come and she has failed to show.
‘It just goes to show that when we allow our precious babies got to their new homes no matter how much checking we do etc, big houses lots of land friendships etc - it counts for nothing we all can be mis-guided, but all that matters the dogs are now more than happy.