Justice for Dogs Who Died at Annual AKC All Breeds Dog Show
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The American Kennel Club has confirmed that a professional dog handler left four dogs locked in a hot vehicle during a weekend show.
The incident occurred on July 8, 2017 during the annual AKC All Breeds Dog Show at Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa.
The National Weather Service says the temperature in Ottumwa peaked at 89 degrees (32 Celsius) Saturday.
Four dogs were found locked in a vehicle and suffering from heat exposure. Two of the dogs were already deceased when the reporting party found the dogs on Saturday. A third dog later passed away at a local veterinarian; the fourth dog survived.
The dogs in the car were chihuahuas and Chinese Crested, but no information on the breeds of those that died.
Ottumwa Police Chief Tom McAndrew says that no charges have been filed, however, officers do know who was responsible for the animals.
Under Title XVI of Iowa's criminal code 717B.3 Animal neglect
1. A person who impounds or confines, in any place, an animal is guilty of animal neglect if the person does any of the following:
a. Fails to supply the animal during confinement with a sufficient quantity of food or water.
b. Fails to provide a confined dog or cat with adequate shelter.
c. Tortures, deprives of necessary sustenance, mutilates, beats, or kills an animal by any means which causes unjustified pain, distress, or suffering.
The AKC needs to stand by their Mission Statement which states, "We protect the health and well-being of all dogs. We uphold high standards for the administration and operation of the AKC."
American Kennel Club spokeswoman, Brandi Hunter made the following statement, “We take animal cruelty or neglect very seriously. Following our investigation, we have suspended all of the handler’s privileges with the AKC.”
Suspending club priviledges is a slap in the face to the dogs that died at the hands of a "professional" dog handler.
The AKC and Ottumwa Police Chief need to uphold Iowa Code 717B.3 and charge the individual responsible for the needless suffering and death of these dogs.
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