KUSA News

Covid-19 lockdown Contingency Plan Notice

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Dear KUSA Members,

Contingency plans have been put in place for the continuation of KUSA’s services to Members and affiliated Clubs during the Covid-19 Government-imposed lockdown. A select group of staff will be working from home, continuing KUSA’s operations to whatever extent possible.

Members and Clubs are urged to make use of the online services available from the Members’ and Club portals and to regularly check the KUSA website and Facebook page for news updates and information.  Members and Clubs are further invited to continue submitting applications to the KUSA Office via email.  Please do not send any communication by regular mail. Also note that it would not be possible to process Credit Card payments (except if the application is submitted via the KUSA online services using the PayU payment portal).

Applications need to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please attach proof of EFT payment (Credit Card payments are not possible) and use your membership number, initials and surname or, in the case of Clubs, the organisation number, as the bank payment reference. Applications will be validated and processed as usual.

2020 KUSA Classic Weekend

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

It is with sadness and regret that we have to inform Exhibitors that the Shows and events comprising the 2020 KUSA Classic Weekend (2020 KCW) will no longer take place on the scheduled dates of 28 to 31 May 2020.

This difficult decision was reached after careful consideration, taking full account of the threat posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Our only choices are to postpone the 2020 KCW to later in 2020, which is an uncertain option, or cancelling it. We shall advise in due course.

We thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support for the KUSA Classic.

GAUTENG

Gérard Robinson (DOGSPC) & Jenny Hubbard (NAPC)

25 March 2020

Covid-19 National lockdown

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The KUSA Office will be closed during the national lockdown period.
Some of the KUSA staff will be working from home during the period and will continue to process applications and deal with email inquiries, albeit on a limited basis.
We encourage members to use email and the Members Portal online services, to conduct your business.
More detailed information, in respect of the submission of applications, will be published on the website in due course.

Postponement of Dog Shows due to Covid-19

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Pursuant to the address of President Cyril Ramaphosa and the declaration of a national State of Disaster, measures have been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus in South Africa. Gatherings of more than 100 people are now prohibited and, where small gatherings are unavoidable, organisers are obliged to ensure that stringent measures of prevention and control are enforced, especially those related to social distancing and personal hygiene.

Covid -19 KUSA Office announcement

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Dear KUSA Members

Re: Visits to the KUSA Office, Cape Town

The KUSA Office has noted the key containment and mitigation measures that are being implemented across South Africa in an attempt to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Besides the basic protective measures recommended by the WHO and government, the following preventative measures have been put in place:-

Members are discouraged from coming to the KUSA Office. All applications are to be emailed together with proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use your membership number as the bank reference.

In the case of applications for transfer of ownership or where original documentation is required to be submitted, please send via Postnet or Registered Mail.

Collection of Certificates (Registration/ Award or other) from the office will be suspended until further notice. Members will be contacted and given an option to have the certificates posted, at no extra charge or sent by Postnet at a charge of R99.

The daily delivery of Certificates to the Post Office and Postnet for onward postage, will be reduced to once a week, to lessen the exposure of the staff member involved.

Members are reminded that they can confirm receipt of their applications and track the progress of applications submitted via the KUSA Members Portal on the KUSA Website (https://www.k9online.co.za/login.php). Under the KUSA history Tab, all relevant information pertaining to each application batch submitted can be found (payments received, type of application submitted, date received, progress status etc.)

To register as an online user, go to https://www.k9online.co.za/register.php,and submit the online activation application form. A username and password will be emailed to you.

We urge all members to register as an online user and thereby gain instant access to your personal data including full details of dogs registered and litters bred etc. without having to be in contact with the KUSA Office, should staff be indisposed.

Further, members with inquiries are requested to submit all inquiries in writing via e-mail only. Telephonic inquiries are to be restricted to matters of grave urgency only, due to a reduction in staff resources and avoidance in sharing telephone equipment.

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

International & Cross Border Bookings Animal Travel

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16 March 2020

Dear Valued Clients,

In view of the embargo on International travel and the closure of certain border posts, flight cancellations are beyond our control and therefore, with immediate effect NO bookings for animals will be accepted for International and Cross Border into Africa flights for the next 2 months. This includes bookings for Day Old Chicks.
This is for the safety of the animals and their owners.
Please also check your travel bookings as flights are being cancelled and this might impact you negatively if prior bookings have been made.
We will communicate with everyone once this embargo is lifted.

BidAir Cargo PetLounge Management

Postponement of Shows due to Covid-19

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The KUSA Office has received notification of the cancellation or postponement of several shows as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Clubs that opt to postpone their Show(s) to a later date must take cognisance of the fact that an alternate date will not be able to be secured or announced immediately.
New dates will not be allotted or approved until we have a better understanding of the full extent of the situation.
An approval procedure will be put in place for the evaluation and consideration of applications for the change of show dates, dependent on availability.
Details to follow in due course.

UPDATE ON COVID-19 STATEMENT

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15 MARCH 2020

The President addressed the nation last night and announced measures to be taken. Herewith, the President’s Speech :-

Fellow South Africans,

I am addressing you this evening on a matter of great national importance.

The world is facing a medical emergency far graver than what we have experi-enced in over a century.

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic.

COVID-19 – STATEMENT FROM KUSA

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KUSA is closely monitoring the fluid situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The KUSA Office staff have been fully briefed, and will continue to be briefed, on developments in South Africa and the poster provided by the Department of Health of the Western Cape Government is on display throughout KUSA’s Offices 

(https://www.westerncape.gov.za/department-of-health/coronavirus)

Additionally, we encourage all members of staff to follow the World Health Organization’s basic protective measures against the new coronavirus as more fully recommended at 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

These measures include:

• Washing hands frequently
• Maintaining social distancing
• Avoiding touching nose, eyes and mouth
• Covering coughs and sneezes
• Seeking medical care when detecting a fever, cough or breathing difficulty
• Staying at home when sick and wearing a facemask
• Cleaning and disinfecting
• Staying informed and following advice of healthcare provider

Please note that it is the sole prerogative of show-holding Clubs to decide if their scheduled events should be postponed or cancelled, given the specifics of their situation. These decisions should be made in consultation with the venue and informed by directives or recommendations from central and local government. Clubs operate independently in the various geographical Centres of the country and are therefore best placed to act in the interest of the local community.

Clubs holding events are strongly advised to observe the WHO’s protective measures and to impress the importance of adherence to these measures on Judges and exhibitors. Needless to say, Clubs are obligated to provide their Judges and Officials with the effective means to self-sanitise as frequently as possible during the course of the day – i.e. hygiene hand-wash and water and hand sanitiser.

For further information, guidelines and case definitions also consult the website of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases at http://www.nicd.ac.za/.

FCI Announcement March 2020 – Corona Virus

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Dear FCI members and contract partners,
Dear organizers of FCI international shows and other FCI events,

Dear FCI judges,

Dear visitors,
The FCI General Committee is aware of the Corona Virus outbreak which is causing serious consequences in our daily lives and serious damage worldwide.
We advise everyone who takes part in the FCI events to frequently wash their hands with disinfectant, preferably provided by the organising committees. The usual interpersonal body contacts such as shaking hands, and any other superficial contact between competitors, exhibitors and judges, must be avoided and should not be taken as unfriendly attitude.

The FCI also recommends that judges should not check the teeth of the dogs by themselves, but instead ask exhibitors for their help. The FCI also advises judges to disinfect their hands more frequently.

The FCI does not plan any general action related to the Coronavirus because the handling of the given situation strictly depends on the local status. Nevertheless, the FCI wishes to draw attention to the fact that the local authorities have the right and responsibility to implement local regulations related to public events, whenever needed.
To avoid any inconvenient situation, the FCI recommends to check the updated respective news sources, follow government advice regarding travel and the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO): www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public !

On behalf of the FCI General Committee

Dr T.Jakkel
FCI President

Media Release 2

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Seizure of dogs by the Boksburg SPCA from the Springs property of KUSA Member

The widely reported seizure of Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers from the property of a KUSA member in Selcourt, Springs, is of extreme concern. KUSA was alerted to the seizure of the dogs on 10 February 2020 through a posting on the Boksburg SPCA’s Facebook page.

KUSA condemns any form of cruelty to animals. The extremely grave situation called for swift and decisive action and, as soon as the name of the person involved was disclosed by the SPCA, an investigation was instructed by the Chairman of the Federal Council under Article 19 of the KUSA Constitution.

Media Release 1

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KUSA response to the post of 9 February 2020 on the Facebook page of the Boksburg SPCA, entitled SPCA CONFISCATES 41 PEDIGREE DOGS FROM KUSA-REGISTERED BREEDER

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) strongly condemns any form of cruelty to animals and was dismayed to learn about the serious allegations against an alleged KUSA member which, if found to be true, will result in disciplinary action against such member in terms of KUSA’s Disciplinary Rules.

KUSA has contacted the Boksburg SPCA to request details of the so-called breeder, but learnt that this information was privileged at the moment. Once the SPCA has released the name, the necessary research can be done and disciplinary action taken, if warranted.

It needs to be pointed out that the SPCA’s headline is inaccurate and misleading. KUSA does not register breeders and has neither the authority, nor the power, to bestow the title of “registered breeder” on any person. KUSA is primarily a registry where records of ancestry and genealogy of purebred dogs in South Africa are kept on behalf of its members.

New views required for Elbow Dysplasia certification submissions

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The South African Elbow Dysplasia (ED) scheme was initiated in 1999 to assist breeders to improve breeding selection to reduce the incidence of this very common and often crippling disease in dogs, particularly larger working dogs. Certification is done according to the Guidelines of the International Elbow Working Group (IEWG) and as approved by WSAVA. The number of views required to certify dogs varies in different countries with increasing views resulting in more accurate grading.

In 1999 the minimum requirement of a single flexed lateral view of each elbow was instituted to start the SA scheme to minimise costs and gain greater breeder compliance. We are now 20 years further with additional knowledge of subtle radiological changes in dysplastic elbows as well as the X-ray digital era upon 98% of veterinary practices. This creates additional opportunities to improve ED grading accuracy with minimal cost implications.

In discussions with KUSA and the National Clinicians Group of the SAVA and based on IEWG guidelines and a recent article* on the incidence of hip and elbow dysplasia in South Africa, the following two views of each elbow will be required for elbow grading as from 1 June 2019:
• Fully Extended ML view
• Pronated CrCd view
Minimal, if any, cost changes to owners are envisaged with the introduction of the new views.

The KUSA HD/ED approved radiologists will also directly inform veterinarians of these changes. KUSA members are however requested to confirm the extra views with the veterinary practice at time of admission of their dogs for ED radiographs. Incorrect submissions of the old single elbow view will be accepted for the first three months after the implementation date to allow a smooth transition period. Updated HD/ED application forms are available on the KUSA website.

AKC Certified Export Pedigree: Everything You Need to Know

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If your dog is a world traveler, his journeys just became easier.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has launched the new AKC Certified Export Pedigree that merges into one document all the information required to obtain registration with foreign kennel clubs.

The new document makes it safer and less confusing to register dogs abroad. This is especially helpful for breeders who sell puppies overseas and those who show dogs in other countries.

“I am excited to announce the AKC Certified Export Pedigree is live,” says Linda Duncklee, Director of AKC Registration. “We will soon be sending information to all the foreign registries to let them know.”

AKC has reciprocal agreements with more than 200 foreign kennel clubs. To register an American-born, AKC-recognized breed with one of these registries, the dog first must be registered with the American Kennel Club and the owner must provide proof of this to the foreign organization.

Click here for the full article>> http://bit.ly/2JK2D7H

Exclusion of Dogs from Exhibition Due to Aggression

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EXCLUSION OF DOGS FROM EXHIBITION DUE TO AGGRESSION

In the case of a dog aggression incident having taken place at a KUSA Show, the following procedure is to be followed as described in Schedule 3 Regulation 14.

Regulation 14 – Exclusion of dogs

A Show Committee will have the power to exclude, refuse or remove any dog which is, owing to disease, savage disposition, or any other cause, not in a fit state for exhibition at a specific Show. Once a dog has been excluded or refused admission or has been removed from the precincts of a Show because of disease, savage disposition or any other cause, it will not be brought into the Show at any time or under any circumstances. The Show Secretary, on behalf of the Show Committee, shall submit to the Secretary within seven (7) days of the close of the Show a written report supported by sworn statements of any witnesses and all other evidence available to the Show Committee at the time of the incident.

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Important Notice - Amendments to regulations pertaining to Registration - Effective 01.04.2019

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19 February 2019

We bring to your attention amendments to Regulations pertaining to the registration of litters over 12 months of age and amendments to the Register for litters already registered. Please take note of the new requirements coming into effect on 1 April 2019.

To avoid the effects of the new Regulations, members are urged to submit any applications for “late registrations” and/or requests for amendments to the Register prior to the implementation date of the new Regulations.

Seizure of dogs from the property of KUSA Members

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The widely reported seizure of dogs from the property of two KUSA members by the SPCA is of extreme concern. KUSA became aware of the seizure of the dogs in the early morning of 4 February 2019. KUSA condemns any form of cruelty to animals and the serious situation called for swift action, which was taken immediately. This took the form of a Review and Investigatory Committee (R&IC), appointed in terms of Article 19 of the KUSA Constitution.

The Chairman of the Federal Council has informed the parties involved that, during the period of the criminal investigation and the term of the R&IC, the following would apply:

With immediate effect, the persons involved would be precluded from registering any dog, whether adult or puppy, whether locally bred or imported, with the Kennel Union;

Notice to Affiliated Clubs

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We bring to your attention various amendments to the KUSA Articles & Schedules, most of which will become effective as of 1 January 2019.

For ease of reference, herewith please find a summary of the amendments. Please take careful note of all amendments.
 
Chairman and Vice-Chairman of KUSA - affiliated Clubs
As of 1 February 2019, the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Clubs must be members of the Kennel Union. [Refer to Fedco 12-2017 Item 7.11]
 
New Specimen Club Constitution
Clubs are urged to update their Club Constitutions in order to comply with current regulatory requirements and take advantage of changes in technology to make provision for teleconference meetings etc.
Click here to download a copy of the new specimen Club Constitution.

Phenotypic hip & elbow dysplasia trends Rottweilers & Labrador Retrievers in SA | courtesy of Prof Kirberger

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Phenotypic hip and elbow dysplasia trends in Rottweilers and Labrador retrievers in South Africa (2007-2015):

Are we making progress?

Canine hip and elbow dysplasia are major orthopaedic problems prevalent the world over, and South Africa is no exception. Hip and elbow dysplasia phenotypic status is certified by a number of different radiographic schemes in the world. South Africa uses the Fédération Cynologique Internationale system to certify hips, and the International Elbow Working Group scheme to certify elbows.

Bidvest PetLounge announcement – Size 10 Crates

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Dear Valued client,

In the interest of the welfare of animals travelling and being able to offer the best service at all times we have made a decision to no longer accept bookings for size 10 crates on our daytime network.

This as a result of previous challenges experiences with size 10 crates on our freighter aircraft and network.  These bookings need to be made at least 48 hours prior to the flight departing and conformation of the booking is subjest to space availability and the approval from management.

Attention Club Secretaries - Penalty Fees

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The late submission of Show Schedule documentation has a negative impact on the efficient running of the Shows Department. 

The repercussions affect several processes and procedures which in turn results in a diminished level of service provided to Clubs.
Penalty fees were instituted to encourage the timeous submission of Show Schedule documentation.
Unfortunately, the current rate of penalties levied does not appear to act as a deterrent.

Statement on Membership

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STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL COUNCIL ON THE FEDCO DECISION TO REQUIRE THAT OWNERS OF DOGS ENTERED AT KUSA CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS BE MEMBERS OF KUSA

It is both curious and disappointing that members of KUSA, who should have the best interests of the organisation at heart, express such vehement opposition on social media to Fedco’s decision to redress an historical deficiency in the Constitution by expecting owners of dogs entered at KUSA’s Championship Shows to be members of the organisation.