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01-29-2020 10:54 AM
Gretchen_Red adding this to a few of her threads in case she tries to breed again.

https://www.fauquier.com/news/kennel...956675332.html
05-29-2017 12:51 PM
darlynn
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Originally Posted by LindaH View Post
Anyone know where this greedier has moved?

Perhaps the local humane society needs to be alerted of her previous overcrowding, hiding numbers of dogs and cruelty record.
Yes she is still in VA, But went across state line to Wardensville WV. where she has built a Kennel no dogs on site yet, but once finished she can probably house close to 30 dogs. She has ads on puppy finder and if you want to see a dog she will drive the dog to new site and meet you there with the dog. I replied to and ad and drove 3 hrs to see a unsocialized, scared of everything covered in bites dog, and did I mention underweight. and I will say I read all the horror stories about her and wanted to see if she has changed but from i seen nothing at all has changed except she is selling out of WV but her dogs are still in VA.
10-20-2015 07:06 PM
dobies123
Irina Barrett's Lawsuit Against The Humane Inspector Is Dismissed

Two-and-a-half years later, Irina Barrett still hasn't given up trying to play the victim. Thankfully, Barrett's latest lawsuit against the humane inspector who discovered Barrett's puppy mill back in January of 2013 was dismissed today.

Hopefully, this is the end of that saga. Per the article, maybe Barrett has finally run out of lawyers that will take her cases.

Judge dismisses breederís defamation suit against humane inspector, MHF
10-19-2014 10:15 AM
LindaH WARNING!!!

Hmmm, be careful everyone, my phone got a msg it needed to be updated, etc. So a virus may be trying to download from that page. Needless to say I didn't click the pop-up to update, but my phone still slowed way way waaay down. A simple reboot took care of it, but be WARNED!!!
10-19-2014 08:35 AM
dobies123
Irina Barrett and Canis Maximus haven't moved at all...

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Originally Posted by LindaH View Post
Anyone know where this greedier has moved?

Perhaps the local humane society needs to be alerted of her previous overcrowding, hiding numbers of dogs and cruelty record.
The local humane society can't do much good in her case. Once she realized her mistake of "letting a stranger in her house" (the county's humane inspector), I would imagine that she's not letting anyone in without a warrant anymore.

Sadly, Irina Barrett and Canis Maximus haven't moved. She still going strong at the same location. There are large groups/families of Dobermans still seen there regularly. The county denied her a license to continue doing business there last Summer after years of illegal operation at that location, but that hasn't stopped her. Now, she's just operating covertly instead of overtly.

Take a look at Irina Barrett's Canis Maximus website: Doberman Kennel CANIS MAXIMUS. European Dobermans. Doberman Puppies for sale. Schutzhund.

You'll notice there is no address given for the kennel...no names given for anyone involved...not even a phone number. Ask yourself if a reputable, licensed breeder would have a website without the owner's name, the address of the kennel, or even a phone number. The lack of an address in particular, as well as no pictures that give a clue to where the kennel really is (i.e. identifiable buildings in the background), are to keep from giving the county the proof they are looking for that she is still running the business out of her house.

But, there's two sides to every story. She responded to this whole situation on 7/25/2014 in the "Canis Maximus - Humane Investigator Report (Part 1 of 2) " thread (search on user "CMax"). Read her response and come to your own conclusion.
06-19-2014 03:44 PM
JBroc Your a very compassionte person Dante... Sampson owes you his life and i'm sure he will repay you with many years of love and protection... Thank god for people like you and shame on breeders like this. There's no excuse!! Everyone needs to do there homework before buying a puppy. There are so many bad breeders out there. Educate yourself and ask lots of questions and get everything in writing!!
06-11-2014 01:48 PM
GingerGunlock Is it ironic that there's a "Help shut down puppy mills!" link in her "useful stuff" part of the website? The website also says "Virginia", but that's it. So, dunno. But, pictures of "dogs working" as of June 5.
06-11-2014 11:45 AM
LindaH Anyone know where this greedier has moved?

Perhaps the local humane society needs to be alerted of her previous overcrowding, hiding numbers of dogs and cruelty record.
06-08-2014 03:48 PM
RedFawnRising
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Originally Posted by LindaH View Post
Didn't realize she had moved. Guess that was cheaper than improving the dogs living conditions...huh
Plus the "geographic cure" allows her a new audience to dupe.



06-08-2014 10:45 AM
LindaH Didn't realize she had moved. Guess that was cheaper than improving the dogs living conditions...huh
05-25-2014 06:15 PM
SoCalDobe It really sounds like Irina Barrett and Canis Maximus are bad, bad news.

Apparently because of the zoning issue, she moved he operation but is still in business.

Buyer beware.
11-24-2013 12:01 AM
LindaH This probably should be bumped up and kept current. Irina Barrett and Canis Maximus are atoll breeding and importing in the little town that tried to shut her cruel conditions of dog breeding down.
06-09-2013 01:31 PM
Internett I am in the market, completely new to the breed. This thread amazed me.

To clarify, 99/100 literate, neutral "dog people" agree that this person should never be near an animal (or a human child for that matter) for the rest of her natural life, and yet she can legally abuse/borderline torture dogs as a way of avoiding a 9-5, and successfully turn her "business" into an upper middle class lifestyle? Am I wrong or exaggerating?

This makes me absolutely filled with rage. I knew very few people cared about living creatures in the US compared to other Western Nations, but I didn't know animal welfare laws are this bad.

Seriously, how can anyone beat their chest that we are a first world nation with good Western Values when people like her can operate legally by merely picking up shop and starting over in another county?

Ugh. I feel so helpless. I'd like to close with some cliche about writing your Congressman for legislative changes, but in reality it's useless.

Sad stuff.
06-09-2013 08:06 AM
Megs "Nothing will change..."

That really says it all right there.

Her attitude disgusts me. Now that she has been denied the kennel permit that would allow her to house more than 12 dogs (Yay), she's throwing out all her "plans" to improve upon the current housing conditions for the 12 dogs she will legally keep and continue breeding. She was willing to build a spiffy new facility for 26 dogs, but after being denied the permit, her statement certainly implies that she's not willing to make ANY improvements for 12 dogs. Or am I reading that wrong?

It's as though she's pointing fingers at the BZA, blaming them for the inadequate housing conditions, poor waste management, and continued suffering of her dogs, because they have denied her the permit.


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Originally Posted by dobies123 View Post
(New member...first post...Hi! )

Sorry to have my first post be on such a sad topic, but I've been following this story in other venues....Finally, a bit of what seems to be good news in this horrible saga. It looks like she was rejected by a vote of 5-0. I don't know what happens next, but her quotes are strange...it seems that she's stating that she's never had more than 12 dogs. I don't know if she's delusional, or what. And, quite clearly, she's going to stay in business, one way or another.

Kennel owner: "Nothing will change" after BZA vote | Fauquier Now News

If there's anyone out there that is buying into the "internet smear campaign" angle of this that her lawyer is stating, I've attached a letter I found on a puppy mill awareness site that the AKC sent to the local sheriff about her in late April. Presumably, this is the letter referenced in the following article.

Controversial kennel case returns to Fauquier BZA | Fauquier Now News

Two things to consider when looking at this letter.
  1. Given how the AKC is generally a rubber stamp to pedigree breeders, how bad the conditions must have been in April for them to actually write a letter like this.
  2. She has been under a microscope since this thing "went viral" back in February. If these are the conditions she has for the dogs when she's under a microscope and her application is in process, what are the conditions going to be like when everyone's moved on to something else and no one's paying attention to her anymore?
06-09-2013 06:31 AM
dobies123
Looks like she got turned down

(New member...first post...Hi! )

Sorry to have my first post be on such a sad topic, but I've been following this story in other venues....Finally, a bit of what seems to be good news in this horrible saga. It looks like she was rejected by a vote of 5-0. I don't know what happens next, but her quotes are strange...it seems that she's stating that she's never had more than 12 dogs. I don't know if she's delusional, or what. And, quite clearly, she's going to stay in business, one way or another.

Kennel owner: "Nothing will change" after BZA vote | Fauquier Now News

If there's anyone out there that is buying into the "internet smear campaign" angle of this that her lawyer is stating, I've attached a letter I found on a puppy mill awareness site that the AKC sent to the local sheriff about her in late April. Presumably, this is the letter referenced in the following article.

Controversial kennel case returns to Fauquier BZA | Fauquier Now News

Two things to consider when looking at this letter.
  1. Given how the AKC is generally a rubber stamp to pedigree breeders, how bad the conditions must have been in April for them to actually write a letter like this.
  2. She has been under a microscope since this thing "went viral" back in February. If these are the conditions she has for the dogs when she's under a microscope and her application is in process, what are the conditions going to be like when everyone's moved on to something else and no one's paying attention to her anymore?
06-05-2013 01:14 PM
GingerGunlock
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Originally Posted by RedFawnRising View Post
I do not know how you stop people like her.

I guess you just hope they do it somewhere else, because where you are is making it too difficult. And that "somewhere else" also makes it too hard. And that eventually there isn't anyplace left.
06-05-2013 01:03 PM
ladyballplayer I hope she gets a big fat rejection tomorrow!
06-05-2013 10:05 AM
RedFawnRising I do not know how you stop people like her.



06-05-2013 03:02 AM
wizoz
Latest Update on Irina Barrett and Canis Maximus

In case anyone is interested, there's another hearing on Irina Barrett's kennel application tomorrow. The local media has an update on the current conditions at her kennel. Clearly, it's still a horror show there. When the AKC is writing your local sheriff asking him to act on the conditions at your kennel, that's pretty bad. (And it certainly vindicates the humane inspector who Irina Barrett is suing.)

Controversial kennel case returns to Fauquier BZA | Fauquier Now News
05-06-2013 06:16 PM
wizoz I think the lawsuit is three things:
  1. It's an attempt by Irina Barrett to portray herself as the victim
  2. It's an attempt to intimidate people into silence
  3. It's a way to harass the humane inspector
Ultimately, the photos don't lie. And regardless of whatever motivations Irina Barrett claims the humane inspector (who has 19 years experience inspecting for the county) has, it doesn't change the conditions that were found and the fact that she's been running an illegal kennel for years.

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Originally Posted by M_Shannon View Post
Sadly... It should be interesting to see what goes down with this lawsuit...

You have to read the lawsuit to even have a remote understanding of it.

FYI... It's NOT about the dogs.
05-06-2013 11:12 AM
crosstownsky Irina's attorney doesn't scare me in the slightest. I have said nothing regarding her that hasn't been true and I do have the paperwork to back-up my allegations. She is very underhanded, and as to her reputation, she ruined that on her own with her many rantings, here and elsewhere on the Internet. You DON'T have to talk to this attorney, that's your right according to the law, however if you choice to talk with him beware.
05-06-2013 08:21 AM
M_Shannon Sadly... It should be interesting to see what goes down with this lawsuit...

You have to read the lawsuit to even have a remote understanding of it.

FYI... It's NOT about the dogs.
05-05-2013 01:55 PM
wizoz Yes, it's true...Irina Barrett is suing the humane officer who's been doing inspections for the county for 19 years.

Broad Run kennel owner sues humane inspector | Fauquier Now News

I couldn't even read the lawsuit all the way through in one sitting. A little fun fact for you in all this...(one of) Barrett's lawyer(s) is contacting anyone he can find that's said anything publicly about the case either in the hearing or on the Internet. The lawyer says he's trying to collect their personal information so he can "clear up misconceptions" about the kennel. It is quite clearly an intimidation approach to get people to stop talking about this.

Basically, the lawyer is implying "I know who you are and I've already sued someone else for $1.34M. Get the hint?"

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Originally Posted by crosstownsky View Post
Now she's suing the humane officer and the shelter that took the dogs as well for 1.3 million dollars! Let's be real, with an attorney husband she has more ins to beat this than anyone who posts on here. What a shame that Dane Rescue took the danes as the shelter could not accommodate them and she is up in arms about it. She also had said that the shelter made money on her dogs by collecting adoption fees? Duh? Does anyone know of a shelter that doesn't charge an adoption fee to rescue a dog? Read the article and the lawsuit papers at Fauquier Kennel owner sues humane officer.
05-05-2013 08:20 AM
crosstownsky Now she's suing the humane officer and the shelter that took the dogs as well for 1.3 million dollars! Let's be real, with an attorney husband she has more ins to beat this than anyone who posts on here. What a shame that Dane Rescue took the danes as the shelter could not accommodate them and she is up in arms about it. She also had said that the shelter made money on her dogs by collecting adoption fees? Duh? Does anyone know of a shelter that doesn't charge an adoption fee to rescue a dog? Read the article and the lawsuit papers at Fauquier Kennel owner sues humane officer.
04-06-2013 06:35 PM
wizoz
Outcome of the Irina Barrett hearing

Here's the scope from the local news organizations.

It seems pretty clear that the withdrawing of the application is part of a stall tactic. Her lawyer asked for a 30-day extension, and when it became clear that she wasn't going to get the extension and the decision was going to be made her lawyer literally jumped up and ran to the front of the room to withdraw the application. If she'd been denied, she couldn't have reapplied for at least a year.

And, most importantly, all the dogs are still there...the withdrawal means nothing to the dogs still suffering there until the law finally steps in. It was stated by the humane investigator that she had gone back there after the last visit and the explosive first hearing, and not only had Irina Barrett not gotten rid of any dogs...there were actually MORE dogs. So, the withdrawal of the application is only the first step.

Suspected puppy mill owner withdraws permit - WTOP.com

Fauquier woman backs down on controversial kennel application

Controversial Broad Run kennel application pulled | Fauquier Now News
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