Effective June 13, 2005, AKC has suspended import puppy brokers Steve and Trisha Slack individually from any AKC privileges for LIFE! AND imposed a fine of $3,000 EACH for failure to comply with record keeping and identification requirements of Chapter 4 rules applying to registration and discipline.
The puppies receive justice from the unlikeliest source, the United States Bankruptcy Court!
Trisha and James (Steven) Slack, proprietors of the former Keaton Kennels, attempted to relieve themselves of their obligations to their puppy buyers by filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California - Riverside Division on January 12, 2005. They claimed to have received no income from the sale of import puppies! However, our California attorney, John Hoffman, who has been so graciously donating his considerable talents to FBRN at no cost (literally thousands of dollars of free legal services) was able to bring over $400,000 worth of undeclared income to the attention of the United States Trustee. Consequently, the Slacks converted their petition to a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, which requires a minimum of 10% payback to unsecured creditors. Nearly 200 unsecured creditors were listed on the creditor mailing list.
The bankruptcy court entered its order on May 2, 2005. The Slacks have been ordered to reimburse their unsecured creditors at 100%. They have been ordered to pay $957.00 per month for 60 months (5 years!) to the Chapter 13 Trustee's Office in order to satisfy that obligation.
More important even than the money is the court's order that the Slacks "are prohibited from buying, selling, or kenneling dogs, cats, or any other animals while this case is pending." The case will be pending for five years unless the Slacks manage to come up with the funds to pay off their creditors at an earlier date.
The California Veterinary Medical Board takes action against the Slacks!
On April 25, 2005, the California Veterinary Medical Board issued a Citation Order against James (Steven) and Patricia Slack for violation of California Business and Professions Code, Section 4825, Licensure Requirement, for dispensing Zithromax, a prescription veterinary drug, to the owners of the Bulldog puppy, “Matches.”
According to the citation:
The owners purchased the puppy from the Slacks. Unfortunately, Matches became so ill she had to be euthanized. The animal humane officer submitted a copy of a purchase agreement between the Slacks and Matches’ owners for a replacement puppy that instructs them to contact the Slacks within the first two weeks of purchase if the puppy comes down with any illness. The Slacks would then mail the antibiotic Zithromax to the owners to administer to the new puppy. The Veterinary Medical Board ordered the Slacks to immediately cease from practicing veterinary medicine in California and imposed a civil penalty (fine) in the amount of $500.
The California Veterinary Medical Board reports that the Slacks paid the fine in full on May 4, 2005.
these people dealt in english bulldogs, but their biggest sales were from their french bulldogs. we had considered them for a frenchie pup when we were looking for rocky. i came accross an article about them on another site and was horrified at what i read, but thankful that someone had posted about them. we could have been another of their victims. they were brokers. they had no concern for any of the pups they sold or the people that bought them. alot of people lost their precious babies. alot of puppies suffered horrible deaths at their hands. the puppies were not sick until they got into their care. some breeders wised up to them , others didnt care and shipped them puppies in bulk anyway. thank god they are shut down. when we got our rocky, from a very good breeder, we were so thankful that we didnt go the other way. i was in love the moment i laid eyes on him and i couldnt imagine holding him in my arms and then losing him. my heart goes out to all of those that suffered at the hands of those monsters. both the two and four legged ones.
I hate to be negative, but many many dishonest people have lost their registration privledges. Then they just use APRI, ContKC or other fly-by-night registries. I doubt this will slow them down much at all.