UPDATE 04/02/10: Sources reveal that Andrea Press' domestic partner is Maurice "Murph" McAdams of Celtic Kennels,2 who mainly goes by Murph McAdams or Mr. AADR. As seen on the AADR MySpace page, McAdams is shown lounging next to a computer, which might be the very computer that hosts the infamous AADR registry. McAdams is highly tattooed, but the one hidden beneath his shirt might reveal the most about McAdams: dogfighting imagery.
Given that McAdams openly calls himself Mr. AADR, one has to wonder who actually runs the AADR registry -- Press or McAdams?
In March 2010, the Mountaineer American Pit Bull Terrier Club and the American Pure Bred Alliance (APBA) hosted the APBA Nationals, a weight pull event, in Statesville, North Carolina. This "national" event appears to have taken place in a parking lot and consisted of 15 people or less. Along with Sherri Self (See: Coverage of the Fulton County Animal Shelter), McAdams was a conformation judge at the event. McAdams' own dog, CH Rival, won Best Overall Treadmill.3
A separate image on the Celtic Kennels MySpace page shows CH Rival locked onto a rope at a 2007 American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA)4 event. McAdams is forced to use a break stick to pry open his pit bull's jaws. Another image, at the same event, shows the yellow break stick strategically placed in McAdams' right pocket. (We thought Carpenter Jeans, which were popular in the 1990s, were for show not function. Now we "get" the slanted side pocket.)
01/21/10: Registry Owner Charged with Assault
New Brunswick County, NC - It was reported on January 20 that the new owner of the All American Dog Registry (AADR), Andrea Press, was charged with simple assault. Press allegedly used her dogs to attack her male companion during a domestic dispute. The simple assault charge carries up to 6 months in jail and or a $1,000 fine. DogsBite.org verified the charge by contacting the Brunswick County Court Clerk. The clerk also said that the state declined to prosecute.
Brunswick County Woman Charged With Assault In Dog Attack
"Brunswick County woman charged with simple assault. Jan 20 Andrea L Press was charged with simple assault. Press allegedly used her dog (s) to attack her male companion during a domestic dispute. Press operates a dog registry out of her home in Brunswick County. The simple assault charge carries up to 6 months in jail and or $1000 fine. Investigators are still looking into this incident and there could be further charges according to one source."
By Brandon Sneed [email protected] Posted: 01/20/2010 10:40 PM
Press bought the AADR after its former owners, T.L. Williams and Bobby Smith, were arrested in the Pima County dogfighting bust. Investigators said that breeders of fighting dogs (pit bulls) used the AADR website to get the registration papers to prove a dog's bloodline. At the time of the bust, critics alleged that the AADR and its website was designed by dogfighters and for dogfighters. Critics dubbed the AADR a "networking apparatus" for the dogfighting subculture.
Now in the hands of Andrea Press, who operates Eyetrap Kennels, the AADR apparatus continues.
2The Celtic Kennels tagline, "Dedicated to breed preservation," is also used by breeders of fighting dogs and dogfighters.
3It's interesting that one can be a judge and a contestant simultaneously in these events.
4One cannot read this post without noticing the abbreviations used by pro-pit bull groups, each containing the word "American." Unlike its name suggests, the American Pure Bred Alliance (APBA) only recognizes the American pit bull terrier, not an "alliance" of pure breeds. This is essentially true with the All American Dog Registry (AADR) and the American Dog Breeders Association (ADBA) as well.
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