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KC ban exhibitor after argument at SWKA

A SCUFFLE at SWKA between a small group of exhibitors has led to KC Rule A42 hearing resulting in Mr T Mills being disqualified from attending any KC licensed event for the next five years.

The Committee, having carefully considered the evidence, found that the complaint brought by the Kennel Club under Kennel Club Rule A42 a (1) (b) against Mr T Mills in that he assaulted (headbutted) Mr Anthony Rees on 6 July 2008 resulting in a police caution being issued by the Gwent Police, was upheld.

The argument, which was reported in OUR DOGS at the time, started when a Siberian Husky apparently urinated against the cage of an Old English Sheepdog, wetting the exhibit which was inside its cage at the time. Upset by this, the owner of the OES confronted the Siberian’s owner and an arguement broke out. The husband of the OES owner and another Weimaraner exhibitor joined the debate, during which Mr Rees was assaulted by Mr Mills.

The Committee noted that Mr Mills had admitted to - and apologised for - the incident and recognised it as being inappropriate. The Committee acknowledged that these were not ordinary circumstances and that conditions were very difficult and stressful on the day. It is also recognised the incident was out of character for Mr Mills and the Committee noted the support given for Mr Mills and the contribution that he had made to the breed health initiatives, which it is hoped will continue.

Nevertheless, the behaviour complained of fell well below the expected standard of conduct and cannot be tolerated at Kennel Club licensed events. Rage, aggression or physical assault can never have a place at licensed events. Participants have a duty both to their dogs and to other participants to make licensed events friendly and welcoming and need to do their best to create a collaborative, co-operative and above all safe environment.

The Committee imposed the following penalties: 1 To warn him as to his future conduct; To censure him; To disqualify him from exhibiting at, taking part in, attending and/or having any connection with any event licensed by the Club. If any person disqualified under this sub-paragraph shall attend any canine event whilst disqualified the General Committee shall have the power to increase the period of disqualification; to disqualify him from acting as an Officer or serving on the committee of any canine society; to disqualify him from taking part in the management of any event licensed by the club and to disqualify him from judging at any event licensed by the Club.

The suspensions and disqualifications are to be for a period of five years from 27 November 2008.