Four years ago I bought a rottweiler puppy from Ian Charles, operating at the time under the name of Kieranguard registered kennels. I was swayed by his smooth talk about lines and bought a pup without seeing it. The pup was shipped from Canada to Fort Lauderdale Florida. Upon arrival I could see that the 3 month old pup was malnourished and full of intestinal parasites. Four weeks after a deworming and some weight gain it became obvious that the pup was nerve bag, in this case complete lack of socialization played a role but IMO in such cases the main factor is always genetics. To top it all off Ian Charles never sent the CKC registration papers of the pup, which I had to rehome at a total loss to me.
I will not get into all the lies and excuses Ian Charles fed me until I finally gave up on getting any reimbursement due to the distance involved. It should be noted that the litter plus another litter were never registered because the owner of the stud (Golo vom Tweelbaker-See) http://www.lowenhart.com/stud.html was never paid the stud and boarding fee owed to him by Charles and consequently never provided the male's papers, which he was fully justified in doing. Obviously the buyers of the other puppies also never received registration papers.
Since that time I heard a few horror stories about Ian Charles mistreatment of dogs. The climax of which was Charles being charged with animal abuse and convicted. I'm posting this information here so that it can always be found online. From http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/339663
Abuse nets record fine
$18,000 penalty for abandonment
March 14, 2008
The Hamilton Spectator
SIMCOE (Mar 14, 2008)
The trapped dog was treading water but surely going to drown.
He'd been shut in the basement of a Langton area farmhouse by a dog breeder who'd walked away from the farm in January last year and if the rising water from broken pipes didn't kill him, fatigue would.
Rescued at the last minute by Hamilton-Burlington SPCA investigators, the lucky Rottweiler was one of 21 dogs found in horrific conditions on the Concession 4, Langton farm after Ian Charles abandoned them in the middle of a snowstorm.
Charles pleaded guilty in Simcoe court at the end of February to failing to comply with the minimum standards of care in the breeding of dogs for sale, the new section of the Ontario SPCA Act that provides tough penalties.
Charles was fined $15,000 plus a $3,000 victims surcharge for a total of $18,000. He was also prohibited from owning animals for five years.
Jim Sykes, president and CEO of the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA, said the fine is the highest penalty ever awarded by the courts in any case involving the society in its 120-year history and one of the first prosecuted under what is known as Ontario's puppy mill law.
The section Charles was charged under does allow for penalties up to $60,000 fines and/or jail for two years.
Sykes said investigators went to the farm following up an anonymous tip and because they got there during a snowstorm after several days of snow, they could tell no one had attended to the dogs.
They found some in the barn in excrement-covered cages, more in a garage, several in outdoor runs and then heard dogs barking in the house.
The investigators had to leave and return the next day with a warrant in order to enter the house.
That was almost too late for the Rottweiler in the basement they found treading water.
From what the SPCA has been able to learn, the dogs were being raised for a specific buyer and when the deal fell through, Charles, who was renting the farm, just walked away leaving no food, heat in the house or a forwarding address.
It was the lack of heat which nearly did in the dog in the basement. The pipes in the house froze and burst and the basement began to fill.
"It's hard to believe but (Charles) just walked away," said Sykes, who said Charles has been breeding dogs for perhaps 20 years.