California Animal Control Refuses to Release Dog to Co-Owner in Virginia

UPDATE 9/20/2014  Elizabeth’s Sheltie has been released to a friend in California and will be shipped back to her when the weather cools. Unfortunately, he was neutered within 48 hours of being picked up, but Elizabeth says she is just glad he is safe and will be coming back to her. A happy ending!

Elizabeth Brinkley is a devoted Sheltie breeder in Virginia. In 2008 she sold a Sheltie to a fellow breeder in California, retaining co-ownership. Last month that breeder’s house caught fire, and in the aftermath, she relinquished the Shelties to Riverside Animal Control. As soon as Elizabeth heard about it, she contacted Riverside to let them know she co-owned the dog and would take responsibility for it. They have so far refused to allow her to have her dog, not even by paying the fee and “adopting it.” Please see the following Examiner article. Following that  is a news story giving the background. This is a breeders’ nightmare instigated by the hatred of the animal rights movement, which believes all breeders are evil.

Why Won’t Riverside Animal Control Let Indy Go Home?

Breed rescues and animal shelters are often critical of the breeders of purebred dogs, but what happens when breeders attempt to enforce the contracts and take back the dogs that might otherwise end up in shelters? In Riverside, at least one breeder is frustrated in her attempts to reclaim a dog.

The AKC believes that “a responsible breeder is responsible for life.” The American Shetland Sheepdog Association lists guidelines for ethical behavior and includes: “The ASSA encourages all Sheltie owners that breed Shelties to assume more responsibility for dogs produced throughout their lives rather than just until the first sale.”

Elizabeth T. Brinkley, owner of Dante Kennels in Virginia, sold a male blue merle Shetland Sheepdog to Ginny Dennis about six years ago. Brinkley wrote in an email: “Ginny Dennis answered an ad I placed to sell two pups from a litter as show pups. I checked her references through the American Shetland Sheepdog Association and some local breeders. She was a long-time breeder and well-respected. “

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61 Shelties Surrendered After House Fire Up for Adoption

JURUPA VALLEY ( — Dozens of Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties) are up for adoption Monday morning following their rescue from a residential fire in Woodcrest over the weekend, officials said.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the investigation of the Riverside County house fire that left three people and 61 dogs homeless.

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