Regarding the lawsuit filed by Hildegard Patton against Carol Kay
Carol Kay and Hildegard Patton have agreed to settle the litigation between them involving several posting and emails on Internet sites maintained by each of them concerning two poodle dogs once acquired by Kay from Patton. Carol, for her part, hereby issues a statement apologizing to Ms. Patton, if the medical information posted on her website concerning the health and medical conditions of the dogs has been construed or interpreted by any readers to impugn the integrity of Hildegard Patton, the name “Gold Star Toy Poodles,” Gold Star Poodles, or of her poodle breeding practices and the quality of her poodles in any way. Ms. Kay’s only intentions were to provide information to assist others in obtaining further knowledge and understanding of canine health.
Hildegard hereby issues a similar statement apologizing to Ms. Kay for statements she posted regarding Ms. Kay which suggested Ms. Kay’s actions in posting the medical information may be the result of any health issues relating to Ms. Kay or to any acts of Ms. Kay.
Both Carol and Hildegard affirm their mutual respect for each other, acknowledge their respective accomplishments and express appreciation that this unfortunate misunderstanding has been mutually resolved and put behind them.
The following is an excerpt from an article from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine discussing the importance of genetic inheritance for ethical breeders.
Breeding practices in purebred animal populations are controlled almost
entirely by the owners of the animals; random matings rarely occur
in these groups. Human populations, on the other hand, exhibit primarily
random mating practices, limited only in certain circumstances, such
as by religious restrictions, by which genetic isolates have arisen.
Animal breeders commonly use inbreeding, often euphemistically referred
to as "line-breeding," to "fix" certain desirable
traits in a breed. Such practices fix these traits by increasing the
homozygosity of alleles at all genetic loci. Therefore, along with
those alleles that produce desirable traits, some that produce undesirable
traits may also appear in increased frequency and result in an increase
in the number of animals exhibiting that trait. Another common practice
in these populations is the widespread breeding of a few males that
exhibit desirable traits, usually show champions. If such a dog or
cat has a recessive allele for some undesirable trait, it can rapidly
become widespread in the population, since 50% of all his offspring
will potentially carry this gene. It may not be until several backcrosses
or matings of the F. and future generation offspring occur that such
a situation becomes apparent. By that time the gene may be widespread
in the population. This is known as the "founder effect" and
can have extremely deleterious effects on a breed. Therefore, when
problems, such as bone dysplasias, are recognized in purebred animals,
it becomes important to report them in the literature so that other
veterinarians will have a frame of reference for any new cases seen.
Possibly such problems in a breed can thereby be recognized early enough
to help prevent widespread dissemination of the mutant gene or genes
responsible for these disorders. It is also important to try to educate
breeders to the widespread implications of such problems and help to
minimize the long-existent practice of "hiding your mistakes."
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