A12 Disciplinary – Mrs Grace Harkness And Miss Fiona Harkness

At its meeting on 13th November 2013, the Disciplinary Sub-Committee (Scottish Kennel Club) considered the conviction of Mrs Grace Harkness and Miss Fiona Harkness of Carluke, Lanarkshire, from the Lanark Sheriff Court for offences contrary to the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

The Committee imposed the following penalties:


To warn them as to their future conduct

[A11 j (1)]


To censure them

[A11 j (2)]



To disqualify them 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

[A11 j (4)]


To disqualify them from being or becoming a member of any canine club or society registered with or affiliated to the Kennel Club

[A11 j (5)]


To disqualify them from acting as an Officer or serving on the committee of any canine society

[A11 j (6)]


To disqualify them from taking part in the management of any event licensed by the club.

[A11 j (7)]


To disqualify them from judging at any event licensed by the Club

[A11 j (8)]


To disqualify them from effecting registrations of 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).

[A11 j (9)]

The above listed disqualifications are to be for three years from 13 November 2013.

The Committee, following the impositions of these penalties, would draw the attention of the Respondents to the effect of Rule A11 sub-section n.

The Committee noted that the Court had imposed a disqualification order from owning and keeping dogs for a period of three years.

It was apparent to the Committee that Mrs Harkness and Miss Harkness were failing to meet minimum required standards in the care of the dogs and the Committee is not convinced that either would have the adequate resources at the present time to meet those standards required in caring for a number of dogs.

Therefore, before reinstatement, Mrs Harkness and Miss Harkness would need to reapply and give satisfactory written reassurances and undertakings to the Committee that they had appropriate resources in place to meet the welfare requirements* of the dogs then in their care and control should either of them intend to resume any of the activities as listed above.

*It is worth expressly stating the needs of an animal which must be met to the extent required by good practice under the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2006 are

(a)       its need for a suitable environment,

(b)       its need for a suitable diet,

(c)        its need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns,

(d)       any need it has to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, and

(e)       its need to be protected from suffering, injury and disease.

The Committee would reiterate that in difficult circumstances the Breeder Helpline (which is supported by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust) is available to offer confidential advice and assistance.

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