Wait and see, I guess
I received this last night. Bacchus was at the JAG trial all weekend. He's vaccinated but still...........
The purpose of this email it to notify anyone who might have attended the ASCA Nationals. If there are, they are not allowed to bring that exposed dog and must contact the clubs immediately.
The ASCA Nationals were held the week of November 2-10, 2012. At that event two dogs were diagnosed with Parvo.
Please also remember that at the time of the JAG Trial (Nov 16-18) there was NOTHING official from ASCA about the disease outbreak. We cannot use “social media” as fact when dealing with these issues from a legal standpoint. The notice from ASCA was not sent out until Monday after the JAG trial. The dog in question was voluntarily withdrawn from the JAG trial on Sunday once the issue was brought up.
According to the rules of the American Kennel Club, any dog attending that event cannot compete or be on the grounds of an AKC event for 30 Days. (See below **)
Based on those AKC rules, any competitor entered in an AKC event prior to December 8 (30 day window), with a dog that was at the ASCA Nationals is not allowed to bring that dog on the grounds of an AKC event.
While the AKC has a rule not allowing the dog who attended the ASCA Nationals to be at an AKC event for 30 days, this rule does not apply to other dogs in the household of a dog that attended the ASCA Nationals. When asked, AKC said it only applies to the dog that was at the ASCA Nationals.
One of our local competitors attended that event and will not be bringing his dog to any event until after the 30 day period. Also, although not required, has volunteered to withdraw all of his other dogs from both Keystone and LC-DCKC trials.
If any other competitors have attended the Aussie nationals I would expect them to also withdraw their dogs as did. To our knowledge there are not any other Agility dogs that attended the ASCA Nationals that were also entered in these next two trials (Keystone and LC-DCKC). But part of the purpose of this email it to notify anyone else who might have attended the ASCA Nationals. If there are, they are not allowed to bring that exposed dog and must contact the clubs immediately.
There will not be refunds offered except for the dog(s) who actually were at the ASCA Nationals.
** Chapter 11, Section 9 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows
No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show, no dog shall be brought into the grounds or premises of any dog show, and any dog which may have been brought into the grounds or premises of a dog show shall immediately be removed if it:
(a) shows clinical symptoms of distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease,
(b) is known to have been in contact with distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease within thirty days prior to the opening (first day) of the show, or
(c) has been kenneled within thirty days prior to the opening (first day) of the show on premises on which there existed distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease.