Explanation of the AKGA Registry Restoration Project
In February 2011, the AKGA Registry Office was moved from Georgia to Oklahoma. At that time, as complete an audit as possible was conducted of the AKGA Registry and the DNA database at UC Davis/VGL was done and approximately 75 animals were found to have been issued AKGA certificates with parents stated on them that had been DNA excluded as possible parents. By law, these fraudulently issued certificates had to be corrected. See ref. OK Statute cited below:
§21 1509. Animals, false pedigree of.
Every person who by any false pretense shall obtain from any club, association, society or company, for improving the breed of cattle, horses, sheep, swine, or other domestic animals, the registration of any animal in the herd register of any such club, association, society, or company, or a transfer of any such registration, and every person who shall knowingly give a false pedigree of any animal, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
R.L.1910, § 2701.
A year was spent researching and submitting alternate sires and/or dams for these goats, for DNA comparison. In the majority of cases, the correct parent(s) was located and the certificates updated to reflect the correct information. In those cases in which the DNA qualified parent(s) was not located, both the current owner and the breeder were notified and help locating any other potential parent(s) was requested.
After all avenues were exhausted to locate correct sires and/or dams, on advice of corporate counsel, those goats for which the correct parent(s) could not be located were corrected to read “Unknown Buck,” or “Unknown Doe” in those spots of their pedigrees and no goat was declassified or removed from the registry.