Docking Q and A for show organisers

 

1. Question: As a show secretary of a show in England or Wales which charges the public for admission, am I required to deal with a complaint that a dog docked after the law changed, is being exhibited?

Answer: No- In the event of an allegation of contravention of the law (either illegal docking or the illegal showing of dogs) the complainant should be advised to refer the matter to the relevant authorities. In normal circumstances, the Show Society or the Kennel Club should only take action to correct the situation if a successful prosecution has been brought against the alleged offender.  This advice may require to be reviewed if a body of case law is eventually established.

It would in the meantime be sensible for Show Societies to note any such complaints in the Show Incident Book in case they are asked to provide information on the matter to the authorities at a future date.

2. Question: As a show society which currently holds a show in England (or in Wales) and which charges a fee to members of the public for admission, should we consider removing that entry fee?

Answer: Any Society whose show is not held in Scotland or Northern Ireland and has a paying gate, should take into account the fact that it will be illegal for ANY dog docked after the date on which the law changed in England and Wales, to be exhibited at such a show, even if this dog has been docked legally under the Act or has been legally docked elsewhere.

3. Question: If we decide to CONTINUE TO CHARGE AN ADMISSION FEE TO THE PUBLIC, what do we need to do in order to forewarn exhibitors that they may not be allowed to enter their dogs?

Answer: For shows held in England where the public are admitted on payment of a fee:
Such societies should include a statement in the show schedule, entry form and online that "A dog docked on or after the 6th April 2007 may not be entered for exhibition at this show".  By this means it is hoped that any exhibitor of a dog docked either legally or illegally after the 6th April will be aware that they should not enter this show.

For shows held in Wales where the public are admitted on payment of a fee:
Such societies should include a statement in the show schedule, entry form and online that "A dog docked on or after the 28th March 2007 may not be entered for exhibition at this show".  By this means it is hoped that any exhibitor of a dog docked legally or illegally after the 28th March will be aware that they should not enter this show.

4. Question: Our show does NOT CHARGE the public for admission and is held in England (or Wales).  Is there any advice that we should be giving to exhibitors?

Answer: The Kennel Club will be introducing regulations which will say that:

For shows held in England
A Society whose show is held in England and does not charge the public for admission should include a statement in the show schedule, entry form and online that "Only undocked dogs and legally docked dogs may be entered for exhibition at this show."

For shows held in Wales
A Society whose show is held in Wales and does not charge the public for admission should include a statement in the show schedule, entry form and online that "Only undocked dogs and legally docked dogs may be entered for exhibition at this show."

Our show is held in Scotland (licensed by the Scottish Kennel Club or by the Kennel Club) or in Northern Ireland (licensed by the Kennel Club) - what do we need to put into our schedule?
Irrespective of whether the show has a paying gate, a Society whose show is held in Scotland or Northern Ireland should include a statement in the show schedule, entry form and online that "Only undocked dogs and legally docked dogs may be entered for exhibition at this show."

5. Question: What should I do as Secretary of a Show, if someone objects to a dog on the grounds that it has been illegally shown or illegally docked?

Answer: You should advise the complainant that such objections are a matter for the authorities not for the Show Society or the Kennel Club. He or she should be advised to contact the relevant authorities and that, if a successful prosecution is brought, the show society and the Kennel Club will take appropriate corrective action.

There is no obligation under the various Acts for the Kennel Club or the Show Society to check whether a dog is lawfully docked or not. Any offence, if it has occurred, would have been committed by the exhibitor - not the show society.

You should however note the objection in the Show Incident Book for future reference. 

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