NEW YORK (AP) — A dog breeder acquitted of charges that he poisoned a rival's husky during a competition is suing the American Kennel Club in New York over its decision to suspend him from competition before his criminal case was resolved.
Ralph Ullum filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Friday seeking unspecified damages against the club and its president, Dennis Sprung.
Ullum's lawsuit claims his business and reputation suffered after he was accused of poisoning a pooch named Pixie in 2010.
Ullum says he was suspended following an unfair disciplinary hearing. He claims the publication of his suspension on the kennel club's website hurt his business further. He was acquitted in 2011.
Sprung and an AKC spokeswoman didn't return messages seeking comment.