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MEETING OF THE DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE
was held on Wednesday, 18th July, 2007
at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Mrs P. Page of Misson Springs Farm, Misson Springs, Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6ET. Prefix: DONJELAMI.

On 4th October 2006 the Defendant sold a Blue Pointed Mitted Ragdoll male kitten, pet name ANGEL, to Ms S. Jenkins, that she knew or should have known was unfit for sale, as at the time of sale ANGEL had not been vaccinated at all, contrary to the strong recommendation in the GCCF General Code of Ethics for Breeders and Owners that a kitten should have completed a full course of vaccinations at least seven days prior to being permitted to go to a new home.

Also, on the pedigree certificate the Defendant gave to Ms Jenkins, ANGEL’s date of birth was given as 23rd July 2006, but as the Defendant had registered a litter of kittens, date of birth 8th July 2006, dam EMERISLE SCARLETT, sire LOVEBUD MR CADBURY, the same sire and dam as ANGEL‘s, his date of birth is uncertain. Whether it was either 8th or 23rd July, 2006, ANGEL was less than 13 weeks of age at the time of sale, contrary to the strong recommendation in the GCCF General Code of Ethics for Breeders and Owners that no kitten should be permitted to go to a new home before 13 weeks of age.

On 8th October 2006 ANGEL became very ill and was admitted as an emergency to a veterinary practice, where he died in the early hours of the next day. A post mortem examination was carried out, which gave a pathological diagnosis of Feline Parvoviral Enteritis and Parasitic Enteritis and a prognosis that the findings were consistent with Feline Panleukopaenia.

By selling an unvaccinated and/or underage kitten, which, within five days of sale, had died from confirmed Feline Parvoviral Enteritis and Parasitic Enteritis consistent with Feline Panleukopaenia, the Defendant acted in a way that was discreditable and/or prejudicial to the welfare of the kitten.

Mrs Page did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.

Mrs Page sent letters denying the complaint.

The Investigation Committee called one witness.

The Disciplinary Committee unanimously found the complaint against Mrs Page proved and Ordered that she be suspended within the meaning of Article 12(4)(b)(i) of the GCCF Constitution until the committee is in receipt of a report, following a welfare visit, that the condition of your cats/kittens and their living conditions are satisfactory.

The Disciplinary Committee further ordered that Mrs Page be fined an amount of £250, such fine to be paid within 28 days, in accordance with Articles 12(4)(c)(ii) of the GCCF Constitution.
The Disciplinary Committee directed that Mrs Page pay the sum of £250 by way of costs in accordance with Articles 12(11)(a) and 12(11)(b) of the GCCF Constitution.

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Ms C. Gilyeat, Catreba Siberians, 2 Bonnyton Road, West Balmirmer, ARBROATH, Angus DD11 2PP. Prefix: CATREBA.
On 29th January 2005 the Defendant sold a Blue Shaded and White male Siberian cat, CATREBA SILVAN, date of birth 7th August 2004, as a potential stud cat to Mrs Reynolds.

It was agreed in writing at the time of sale, that the pedigree, microchip and GCCF registration papers would be withheld until full payment (less deposit) had been received. On 15th August 2005, a cheque for the balance was sent by Mrs Reynolds solicitors to the Defendant. However, the Defendant failed to provide a properly completed pedigree certificate or a signed transfer of ownership form.
By these actions the Defendant is in breach of GCCF Rules Section 1 Rules 10a and 10b respectively.

Ms Gilyeat did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.
Mrs Gilyeat sent a letter denying the complaint.

The Investigation Committee called one witness.

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint against Ms Gilyeat proved by a majority and ordered that she be censured and warned in accordance with Article 12(4)(c)(i) of the GCCF Constitution.

The Disciplinary Committee also directed that Ms Gilyeat pay the sum of £100 by way of costs in accordance with Articles 12(11)(a) and 12(11)(b) of the GCCF Constitution.

Mrs Shingleton withdrew from the Committee during the hearing of the case against Mrs Lenette.
The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Mrs R. Lenette of 2 Meadowfield Cottages, Cowdenbeath Road, BURNTISLAND, Fife KY3 0LD.

That the Defendant is in breach of GCCF Rules Section 3, Rule 10e in that she exhibited her Bengal Spotted male kitten TOBYSDEN HULLABALLOO at the Nor’East of Scotland Cat Club Show on the 12th May 2007 under Open Class Judge Mrs Shingleton for whom she was stewarding.
By these actions the Defendant acted in a way that was discreditable and prejudicial to the welfare of cats or the interest of cat owners or the breeding or exhibiting of cats, within the meaning of said articles.

Mrs Lenette did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.

Mrs Lenette admitted the complaint and sent letters in mitigation.

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint against Mrs Lenette proved on her own admission and ordered that she be censured and warned in accordance with Article 12(4)(c)(i) of the GCCF Constitution. It is a condition of the Order that the exhibit, TOBYSDEN HULLABALLOO, shown at the Nor’East of Scotland Cat Club Show on 12th May 2007 be disqualified and all awards forfeited.

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against Ms C. B. E. Bergdahl of 253 Great Western Road, ABERDEEN AB10 6PS.

That the Defendant is in breach of GCCF Rules Section 3, Rule 10e in that she exhibited her Usual Abyssinian male neuter PONTABY SOGNATORE at the Nor’East of Scotland Cat Club Show on the 12th May 2007 under Open Class Judge Mr Gow for whom she was stewarding.

By these actions the defendant acted in a way that was discreditable and prejudicial to the welfare of cats or the interest of cat owners or the breeding or exhibiting of cats, within the meaning of said articles.

Ms Bergdahl did not attend the hearing nor was she represented.

Ms Bergdahl admitted the complaint and sent a letter in mitigation.

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint against Ms Bergdahl proved on her own admission and ordered that she be censured and warned in accordance with Article 12(4)(c)(i) of the GCCF Constitution. It is a condition of the Order that the exhibit, PONTABY SOGNATORE, shown at the Nor’East of Scotland Cat Club Show on 12th May 2007 be disqualified and all awards forfeited.

Mrs Leighton withdrew from the Committee during the hearing of the case against the Persian Tabby BAC.

The Investigation Committee preferred a formal complaint against the Persian Tabby BAC, c/o 12 The Stocks, Seend Cleeve, MELKSHAM, Wiltshire SN12 6PH

1. When Mrs Rainbow-Ockwell applied to become a Probationer Judge of Persian Tabbies on 16th January 2000, it asked her to undertake three assessments using Probationer Judge Assessment forms. This contravenes the BAC Rules of Procedure for the Selection of Judges (June 1998) 5.f) which states that a BAC may ask for evidence of up to three Stewarding engagements using the GCCF Special Stewarding Certificates
and/or

2. When the revised Judge Appointment Scheme was introduced in October 2003, it failed to give Mrs. Rainbow-Ockwell the option of either following the existing scheme or transferring to the new scheme, as directed by a note from the GCCF Office dated 3rd November 2003 sent to all BAC Secretaries
and/or

3. During Mrs Rainbow-Ockwell’s probationary period it failed to provide her with advice and tuition, so being in breach of the BAC Constitution (June 1998) 7.a) and/or the Persian Tabby BAC Constitution (September 2003) 14.a) and/or the BAC Rules of Procedure for the Selection of Judges (June 1998) 8.j) and/or the Persian Tabby BAC Rules (September 2003) 24.b)
and/or

4. It did not give Mrs Rainbow-Ockwell sufficient notice of the Persian Tabby Breed Advisory Committee meeting to be held on 25th June 2006 at which she needed to apply for promotion. This despite her asking for that information and giving ample notice of her intention to apply for promotion
and/or

5. Its reasons for rejecting Mrs Rainbow-Ockwell’s application for promotion were unsubstantiated and/or invalid
and/or

6. At its meeting on 3rd December 2006 it voted on Mrs Rainbow-Ockwell’s appeal against its decision not to promote her by a show of hands, contrary to the Persian Tabby BAC Rules (September 2003) 26.j) which requires a ballot to be taken.

Mrs Fisher represented the Persian Tabby BAC who denied the complaint.
Mrs Fisher called two witnesses.

The Investigation Committee called one witness.

The Disciplinary Committee found the complaint against the Persian Tabby BAC proved and ordered that it be censured and warned in accordance with Article 12(4)(c)(i) of the GCCF Constitution.

The Disciplinary Committee further ordered that the decision by the Persian Tabby BAC on Ms Rainbow-Ockwell’s application for promotion to Full Judge of Persian Tabby cats be referred to the GCCF Judge’s Committee, in accordance with Article 12(4)(d)(i)) of the GCCF Constitution.
The Disciplinary Committee also directed that the Persian Tabby BAC pay the sum of £75.00 by way of costs in accordance with Articles 12(11)(a) and 12(11)(b) of the GCCF Constitution.