In 2009 Little Rascals received a visit from the BBC Inside Out Yorks & Lincs team. Using covert equipment and posing as buyers, they caught the proprietors of Little Rascals off-guard, to the extent that Penny Swindells proudly described her breeding establishment as being akin to ‘working in a factory‘ [Click to View]
Four years later, the BBC Inside Out team paid Little Rascals another visit, this time by prior arrangement – which meant that Dickens and Swindells had plenty of time to invent their own version of reality.
The Swindells and Dickens are devious and arrogant. They think nothing of telling bare-faced lies, openly and publicly and if they can’t find a suitable lie, they’ll whitewash, waffle or deflect away from themselves, such as blaming other dog breeders for inter-breeding rather than answer a question about their own conduct :
Little Rascals’ Kennel Club Scam
During the second BBC Inside Out visit, Bridgett Dickens was asked if any of her dogs were officially Kennel Club registered. Dickens replied :
“We don’t sell Kennel Club registered dogs”
“We tell people that they’re not Kennel Club registered … we never mislead anybody, ever“
That’s strange, because at the time a promotional video, narrated by her brother Edward Swindells, featured the claim “Almost all of our breeding dogs are Kennel Club Registered” –
And around the same time as the second BBC Inside Out visit, Little Rascals were still promoting their fake ‘KC‘ registered dogs –
To back it up, they fraudulently used Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko’s name on their business information, without her knowledge –
Dickens was asked if the puppies she ‘imports’ are from Ireland or Northern Ireland. She answered “No, they come from the UK“
Asked if she sold puppies to pet stores, Dickens said “No“
When asked if she produced her own ‘pedigree’ certificates, not worth the paper they’re printed on, Dickens replied: “No, they’re sent to the ‘kennel registration people‘ “.
Dickens was referring to ‘KR’ which stands for ‘Kennel Registration’ aka Kennelreg Limited, a company registered with Companies House in 2015 and dissolved through compulsory strike-off in 2016. The associated website is still active and taking money.
‘Kennel Registration‘ claims to be a working database, but it’s fake, and just another opportunity for subscribers like Little Rascals to make up any kennel name they like, pay the fee and receive a totally pointless pedigree certificate. The trademark symbol assigned to the website name is unregistered and no application has been made to register the mark.
‘Kennel Registration’ had a more sinister purpose, which is covered in another post [link] .
Dickens and Swindells informed the BBC that their breeding establishment was ‘RSPCA approved‘. Needless to say, the BBC asked the RSPCA if this was true, and of course it isn’t.
The RSPCA have stated that they ” do not run any sort of approval scheme for puppy breeders“:
BBC Inside Out Yorks & Lincs 2013 – Little Rascals Investigation following multiple complaints
Part One (Click to view)
Partial transcipt (Dickens’ fabrications marked in red):
Interviewer: Your pedigrees aren’t authorised by the Kennel Club are they?
Dickens: No we don’t sell Kennel Club registered dogs.
Interviewer: Why is that?
Dickens: I don’t breed for showing, I breed purely for pets, family pets, so (we just say) they’re kennel registered …(and we register them with a) three generation family tree
Interviewer: Do you accept that it’s misleading, that a lot of people think they’re buying Kennel Club registered dogs?
Dickens: No because (we tell them) from the start; there’s no advertising …in (our) shop tells people that they’re not Kennel Club registered… we never mislead anybody – ever.
Interviewer: Kennel Club registration is obviously (to) define quality in a pedigree…. a lot of people are a little bit misled by your kennel registration certificates. Quite clearly, you’re not registered by the Kennel Club?
Dickens: No, we don’t mislead anybody. It’s quite clearly stated in the shop. The dogs are registered with the kennel registration people … as family pets, not for showing or breeding purposes so… they’re not buying a Kennel (Club) registered dog from here, unless we say they’re kennel registered (which) we don’t sell, Kennel Club registered dogs
Interviewer: But you do provide a certificate which is misleading
Dickens: No it’s not misleading, it’s their family tree, for the dog. It’s like a birth certificate. It’s not misleading in any way, shape or form
Interviewer: It’s worthless though isn’t it? I could print one of those off from the Internet in ten minutes
Dickens: No, no you can’t, because every dog has got their own …how the Kennel Club do the pedigree is, the breeder would breed a litter of puppies … say I was the breeder, I would choose a name for those puppies or the Kennel Club would choose a name, that is how they make the family tree of a dog up …the names are either made up by the breeder or them, and the same with the kennel registration… I have pedigrees going back for the foundation stock of my dogs, some dogs which I bought with those pedigrees, so they’re there, they’re not made up. I submit those to the kennel registration people and they print them… it’s not misleading …
Interviewer: It’s fair to say the Kennel Club wouldn’t touch this place would it? Because they wouldn’t agree with the way you produce your puppies.
Dickens: No absolutely, I can register any dogs I like with the Kennel Club
Interviewer: But they would see this as a puppy farm; the sheer numbers that you produce, the different breeds. (They) would say that you weren’t a responsible breeder because you don’t focus on one or two breeds.
Dickens: Well the Kennel Club.. going back to the television program with the Kennel Club, are they breeding the right dogs all the time? No they’re not cos it’s been on television. Lets be fair here, the Kennel Club have been in big massive trouble with their breeding; inter-breeding, breeding cavaliers with brain problems.
Interviewer: On your website you advertise that the puppies can always be seen with the mother, but that’s not always the case is it?
Dickens: Absolutely yes
Interviewer: We’ve had complaints that not everybody does see the mother
Dickens: If everybody asks…anybody that comes to buy a puppy here, if they ask to see the parents, we will always show them the parents. If they don’t ask to see the parents, some people are not bothered, then we don’t show them, but anybody that comes here and asks to see the parents of the puppies they’re buying, we will show them
Interviewer: You have never turned somebody down for viewing the parents of the puppy that you’ve sold?
Dickens: No, unless its 8 or 9 o’clock at night, then I may say ‘if you want to see the parents then come back tomorrow’ because we shut the dogs up roundabout half six when we close, we get people coming 8, 9 o’clock to see the parents, and then we would say ‘ if you want to see the parents come back tomorrow and we’ll show you’ but we would never say ‘you can’t see the parents’…
Interviewer: You do buy a substantial amount of puppies in. Why do you do that?
Dickens: As a well run breeding establishment, I occasionally, from time to time, buy (litters) in for breeding purposes … I would select the ones I want for breeding and the ones I don’t want I will sell through my pet shop licence, which I’m quite entitled to do. So that’s the reason why I do it, so we don’t get any inter-breeding or over-breeding with the dogs; we’re constantly renewing the stock of dogs here, so we’ve got good young stock for breeding, and that’s the reason
Interviewer: So a significant number of the puppies that you buy in, you then sell?
Dickens: Not a significant number no, occasionally
Interviewer: But then, where would the parents fit into that, because if you’re buying those puppies…
Dickens: I buy puppies from fellow breeders who breed puppies, I will always bring the mother of the bitch here…if I know I’m intending to sell puppies I will bring the mother here, so people can see the parents of the puppies…
Interviewer: Where do these puppies come from?
Dickens: That’s my business
Interviewer: Do they come from Ireland, Northern Ireland?
Dickens: No they come from the UK
Interviewer: So they come from the UK?
Interviewer: Why wouldn’t you want to tell us where you get the puppies from?
Dickens: Because I can’t. I’m not bound to tell you …them breeders, unless you interview them breeders and get permission from them breeders then there’s no reason for me to tell you. You’re not here as a licensing officer or a licensing issue, you’re here for the program
Interviewer: Can you understand Bridgett, if you have nothing to hide and if you’re producing good quality pups, why would you not want people to understand the source of those pups? Why would you not want to tell people where they come from?
Dickens: People would understand. If they ask the question and I would tell them I hadn’t bred them.
Interviewer: You don’t think there’s anything suspicious in not telling somebody where a puppy’s come from?
Interviewer: So in that situation you wouldn’t give any information about them?
Dickens: Absolutely, I know the breeders inside out
Interviewer: You do , but your customers don’t
Dickens: Well they do when they get the pedigree of the dog
Interviewer: That’s just names on a piece of paper
Dickens: Customers wouldn’t know my dogs here either, (what’s) bred here. Nobody’s going to know the breeding of my dogs, only me
Interviewer: Why do you buy so many pups in, when you’re meant to be a breeder yourself?
Dickens: I don’t buy so many pups in. Occasionally I buy pups in.
PART TWO to follow
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