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Turbulence in dog world following mass resignations from International Sheepdog Society

The International Sheepdog Society (ISDS) is seeking Welsh representatives following the resignation of eight council members from Wales, England and Ireland.

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Turbulence in dog world following mass resignations from International Sheepdog Society

It remains unclear why the eight council members, including English president Andy Jackman, Welsh president Eirian Morgan and Irish president Allistair Lyttle, resigned on June 18.

 

In a chairman’s statement on June 25, chairman of ISDS Ian Fleming said those who had resigned would remain directors of the society until they were no longer eligible.

 

He added: “The resignations are obviously a matter of deep concern for each and every one of us.

 

“Although I am disappointed that the individuals involved felt their actions necessary, I totally respect their decisions and would like to publically thank them for their work and commitment to the society over the years.”

Farmers Guardian understands five of the eight vacancies have since been filled, with Joe Relph and Pat Murphy agreeing to become acting national president for England and Ireland respectively, but the council have yet to fill the vacancies left by the Welsh office bearers.

 

Mr Fleming added: “I am totally committed to having Wales continue to be part of the society. Wales can be extremely proud of their sheepdog heritage and their contribution to the ISDS over very many years."

 

He has since outlined his intension to write to all directors from every nation to determine how best the society can facilitate representation from Wales going forward and has urged any Welsh directors who would like to represent their nation as a member of council to get in touch.

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