I dont know if anyone here knows about it already - but here in Norway now we have a case going against a former breeder and dogowner - she has been charged on multiple cases involving negelct and and cruelty. Last monday the official verdict in the first trial was the she is never to have dogs again in norway, 60 days "in jail" (she wont have to serve them in jail), and 2 years probation. She is going to apeel - or have all ready done - and is convinced that she will get cleared off all charges.
One and a half years ago animal controll took all her dogs and replaced them and had to put some to sleep due to untreated illnesses and agression. I'll give more details after monday. Last fall there started to show up dogs on her property again, she was doing a "rehoming service"… Some of the dogs just dissapared and noone knows what happend to them , we can only imagine.
Well - to the point: 25th of november 2009 animal controll and the police went inn to retrieve all the dogs at the property, inkluding a basenji female, a basenji male and a litter of 3 pure breed basenjis. She is banned for the norwegian kennel club and therefor the puppies does not have a known pedigree.
Some days ago the puppies and the male was found on the internet for sale. It turned out that she had a deadline until last thursday to rehome all of her dogs or she would have to sign them over to animal controll, and the new (stupid!!) laws in norway says that when animal controll gets ownership over dogs they can not (and this is just insane) rehome them without the previous owners blessing. Their only option is to put them down.
We just could not let this happen... So me and some other basenjifriends - inkluding a girl who bought a puppy (not basenji) from her years ago, gatherd some people and mony and have bought out one of the puppies (a tric girl) allready and I am goin up there on monday to retrive the two other puppis. A red girl and a tric male. We have allready got a new home for both girls - only need a new home for the male. So he is going to live with me untill we can find the perfect home (or untill I can't let him go).
I don't know if we are doing the right thing, giving her money, but we could not se any other option. The money we give will no doubt be used to try to get her cleared. But if justice winns she will never, ever, own another dog in norway. Hopefully they extend the sentence to include all living animals...