[ SHOWGSD-L ] Breeder sues animal clinic, claiming mix-up almost killed champion show dog

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Breeder sues animal clinic, claiming mix-up almost killed  champion show 
dog...
 
November 09, 2009, 6:47PM
NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio â?? A breeder from  Columbus has sued a North 
Ridgeville animal clinic over a breeding mix-up that  almost killed her 
champion 
show dog.  
Barbara Lea Jacobs charges that her purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi was  
inseminated with semen from both a corgi and from a Great Pyrenees, which is  
five times the size of a corgi, because the semen was negligently mixed by  
veterinarian Dr. Robert Hutchison and Animal Clinic Northview.  
"It was like breeding an elephant to a gazelle. She almost died. They  
destroyed the value of this bitch," said attorney David Jay Hyman, who is  
representing Jacobs and is also a breeder of show dogs.  
The suit, filed in Delaware County, was transferred to Lorain County Common 
 Pleas Court last week on a motion by Hutchison's attorney Todd Haemmerle.  
Haemmerle said he could not comment on the case. Hutchison, who was also  
named individually in the suit, did not return phone calls.  
Hyman said the corgi, known as Gwynne, was inseminated in 2007 with semen  
from a 30-pound corgi that was contaminated with semen from a 150-pound 
Great  Pyrenees.  
Gwynne conceived a litter that included two purebred corgis, six 
"abnormally  large" Pyr-Corgi puppies and a puppy that died shortly after 
birth, 
according to  the suit. Gwynne grew so large during the pregnancy that she was 
unable to eat  normally or walk, and the puppies had to be delivered by 
cesarean section.  
"She continued to bleed for three months, and was unable to care for her  
puppies," Hyman said. "She ultimately had to be spayed" -- destroying her  
reproductive and economic value to Jacobs, and ending her show career because  
spayed or neutered dogs cannot compete in American Kennel Club shows.  
Gwynne had one litter of puppies previously, and would have been bred again 
 several times, Hyman said. Purebred Pembroke Welsh corgi puppies are 
valued at  $2,000 to $3,500, he said.  
Hutchison, who is recognized by breeders internationally as an authority on 
 small animal fertility and reproduction, produces approximately 150 frozen 
semen  litters yearly, according to the Web site for Animal Clinic 
Northview.  
The suit alleges four counts of negligence, fraud and breach of warranty, 
and  seeks compensatory and punitive damages of $800,000 per count. Three 
other  veterinarians who are shareholders in the clinic -- Brian Greenfield, 
Randall  Hutchison and Matthew Wilson -- were also named in the suit.  
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My sunshine does not come from the  skies,
It comes from the love in my dogs  eyes.

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