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In Memory of Ellie

October 14, 2009

GetAttachment.aspx222There are many dogs who have suffered over the years at Rutland Manor, none more so than Ellie. In only 4 years this magnificent Poodle was forced to have 9 litters back to back with never any rest, she was nothing more than a breeding machine, her puppies sold for thousands and made Rutland Manor a fortune. She was never ever shown any compassion she was viewed as a mere money making machine. Ellie was debarked, standard practice at RM.

This is the horrendous truth of Rutland Manor Labradoodle Breeding and Research Centre.

Rutlands Alecia or “Ellie” was born 11th August 1999. Sire “Rutlands Chimney Sweep” (miniature poodle) Dam “Elite of Rutland Manor” later called “Rutlands Elite”

  • 1st Litter 28th February 2001 to Shannon, 2 puppies from this litter included Rutlands Puffin who was mated at 10 months old and Rutlands Shu Shu who was first mated at 9 months old to Rutlands Copper Art (96% poodle). Their daughter Rutland Snuggles was mated at 10 months old.

    Rutlands Snuggles

    Rutlands Snuggles

8 months later

  • 2nd Litter 16th August 2001 to Shannon (a poodle bichon cross, Shannon died from cancer) at least 6 puppies including

Rutlands Benjamin Hines

Rutlands Cheyanne

Rutlands Lil Monty

Rutlands Lil Sparkler (sold to an Australian Breeder)

Rutlands Lil Sweetheart

Rutlands Lil Tucker

6 months later

  • 3rd Litter 18th February 2002 to Rutlands  Cracker Jack (Poodle) at least 4 puppies including

Rutlands  Boo Boo (kept as an RM Breeder)

Rutlands Lil Gracie

Rutlands Lil Max

Rutlands Yogi Bear

6 months later

  • 4th Litter 22nd August 2002 to Shannon at least 7 puppies including

Rutlands Lil Carmen

Rutlands Lil Kiki

Rutlands Lil Lucky

Rutlands Lil Muscles

Rutlands Lil Petula

Rutlands Lil Sari (kept as an RM Breeder and later sold)

Rutlands Monty

6 months later

  • 5th Litter 23rd February 2003 to Rutlands Woody (allegedly a cocker poo)  at least 7 puppies including

Rutlands Dorian

Rutlands Ellies Charley

Rutlands Ellies Theo

Rutlands Lil Aiden

Rutlands Lil Amara

Rutlads Lil Andrea

Rutlands Rocky Ray

7 months later

  • 6th Litter 11th September 2003 to Shannon at least 7 puppies including

Rutlands Lil Alaysha

Rutlands Lil Abreanna

Rutlands Lil Alexanne

Rutlands Lil Juwan

Rutlands Lil Jequan

Rutlands Lil Liberty

Rutlands Lil Spike

5 months later

  • 7th Litter 22nd February 2004 to Shannon at least 7 puppies including




Rutlands Lil Jace
Rutlands Lil Eskimo (kept as a breeder and later sold)
Rutlands Lil Demorris
Rutlands Lil Hank
Rutlands Lil Tarissa
Rutlands Lil Tassilena
Rutlands Lil Takeisha

7 months later

  • 8th Litter 11th Septemeber 2004 to Rutlands  Dippa at least 6 puppies including

Rutlands Jalesa
Rutlands Genice
Rutlands Maci
Rutlands Ricquel
Rutlands Shanda
Rutlands Tadarius

6 months later

  • 9th Litter 5th March 2005 to Rutlands Dippa   6 puppies.

52 puppies ! Anyone in any doubt that Rutland Manor is in fact a puppy farm that obviously has no concern or compassion for their breeding dogs?   Does anyone still believe Beverley’s claims that she retires her dogs early after 2 or 3 litters? What “research” was Rutland Manor undertaking with this poor dog?

If you have one of these puppies from Ellie, hold them close, the story is about to get worse.

We cannot tell you the names of Ellie’s final 6 puppies. They never had a name and like their Mum they were never afforded compassion, love or human companionship.

The final story of what happened to Ellie’s 6 puppies may never be known. It involves pure greed, lies, revenge and typical fabricated diversions away from the truth.

We can tell you what we have discovered so far through extensive research by our dedicated team and police documents released under Freedom of Information. The police file remains open.


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It is alleged that Ellie was sold in whelp to Beverley’s neighbor Trish Male in about January 2005. Trish and Alan Male were neighbors but also part of the “RM Family” for years until they had a falling out with Beverley.  On 24th April 2005, Trish Male reported a burglary and theft from her property in Darnum. Ellie and her puppies worth $125,0oo were stolen. This wasn’t the first time Ellie was allegedly stolen from Trish either, 2 months earlier Ellie was stolen from another house apparently Trish managed to get her back. Around this time Bev was claiming Ellie belonged to her.It appears as though Ellie became a valuable bargaining tool in the Darnum neighborhood war.


Please pray for safe return

Fri Feb 18, 2005 19:30

I am distraught this morning. I had a long drive up country last night to see a doctor and when I drove back home it was to the news that Ellie has been stolen. She is due to have her second litter of babies to Dippa on 8th March and I’m so worried for her.
Please pray for her safe return.


thank you Ann R

Fri Feb 18, 2005 21:05

Ellie was staying with Sue until Alan and Trish move to Queensland. They are selling their property to me. We didn’t want her to get upset watching all the moving of furniture etc when she is so close to having her babies and we were planning on retiring Ellie and letting Trish and Alan have her once her puppies are weaned. The thief forced entry at Sue’s home and took Ellie.

Around the time of the first theft of Ellie the Males and Beverley commenced court proceedings, the case is still before the Supreme Court in Melbourne and the Males have refused to speak to us for this reason. Of course we are expecting Beverley to speak out about Ellie, attack and threaten and then create another diversion to take the focus away from her dogs (like she is doing now with her current neighbors).

On 30th June 2008 Derek Cunningham, Beverley’s son-in-law, was charged with Ellie’s theft. He appeared in Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court and was given a 12 month good behavior bond and ordered to pay the RSPCA $400, no conviction was recorded.

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It is also alleged by numerous sources closely involved at the time that Ellie was shot dead along with her 6 puppies. Some have alleged the 6 puppies were spared and were sold overseas.

In April 2005 Beverley her daughter Angela and her son-in-law Derek were still on talking terms. So why would Derek allegedly steal and kill one of Beverley’s valuable dogs?

Or if Trish Male was the true owner of Ellie why would Beverley’s son-in-law allegedly steal and shoot Beverley’s neighbors dog and puppies? Could it be due to the court case and ongoing neighbor dispute?

We may never know the truth but one thing is for sure Ellie was not loved or shown any compassion while she was a Rutland Manor breeding machine.

For those of you who purchased an Ellie puppy know that they are special, not because they are “Rutland Manor” nor because of the thousands you paid, they are special because they have a piece of Ellie, a dog that gave her entire life to RM’s bank account and who paid the ultimate price of this greed.

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47 Comments leave one →
  1. Jane permalink
    October 14, 2009 3:55 pm

    The more I kept reading of this the more my heart was sinking, I can’t say anymore at the moment as it’s far to upsetting.
    Rest in peace now Ellie, you will suffer no more.

  2. Evelyn permalink
    October 14, 2009 4:08 pm

    My hreat is broken.
    I have one of Ellie’s puppies and he has been my comforter and friend.
    I am devastated to now discover the truth behind his mother.
    I could NEVER have imagined that such a “lovely” person (which is how Beverley presents herself) could be capable of so many lies and such greed.
    When will this end for the poor dogs of Rutland Manor?
    PLEASE do something to stop this i plead with you.
    Why is RM still breeding?

  3. Lisa Ryan permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:49 pm

    9 back to back litters in 4 years, totaling 52 puppies for this magnificent and debarked beautiful girl and then sold “in whelp”. It doesn’t get much worse for the life of a RM breeding dog does it.

    And so many names that I am now so familiar with from Ellie. Rutlands Yogi Bear I remember from the ‘horror’ story of Rutland’s Lil Yogi Bean -after enduring many pregnancies throughout a long cruel illness of Hepatitis finally put down in the middle of the night.

    The Request for Assistance from the Police includes details regarding a horse float containing a dog and her 6 puppies – I recall all Beverly’s recent dog movements have been in a horse float. Who owned this horse float ? Who owned the silver F350 ute ?

    Poodles, poodles and more poodles and more court cases and more extreme cruelty and more greed!

  4. Cheryl permalink
    October 14, 2009 11:57 pm

    OMG How can they justify this?
    That poor, sad, lonely girl…RIP beautiful Ellie.
    A very sad day indeed, but at least you’ll no longer be tortured!
    I am sick to the pit of my stomach that someone calling themselves a
    human & animal lover could be so absolutely cruel to this poor girl!
    Run free Ellie, your babies are a pricey legacy!
    Please somebody, stop this awful practise before there’s another sweet Ellie!

  5. Kerry permalink
    October 15, 2009 12:00 am

    Truely heart breaking! may Ellie now RIP away from the greed and pain that she went through, from some one that should have loved and cared for her.
    These people do not breed for any other reason but money! They do not seem to care about the dogs, pups or health! WHY are they still breeding this isnt right..we need to do something to stop this.
    How many more dogs will suffer? how many more pups will be born? when will this END?

  6. jarvis permalink
    October 15, 2009 1:35 am

    What does it take for this maddness to be stopped.
    C’mon people – if the Authorities won’t act – we CAN.
    This is undeniable evidence!!!

  7. Methinks permalink
    October 15, 2009 2:20 am

    I shall never forget the name “Ellie”. To read this and actually see that list of Ellie’s puppies… and then read the rest of Ellie’s story and more helpless pups? This is very tough emotionally.

    So to try to grasp this I started searching for ‘A WHY’???

    The story of Beverly Manners and Rutland Manor is not one of suspense, a spy thriller, a CSI…but what it IS… one of sadness, CRUELTY, manipulation, lack of complete empathy, vengefulness, and her lack of wholesome core values.

    Ellie and all the rest of her breeders are nothing but objects to her – I totally get the “breeding machine” concept. They are meaningless to her. She just provided the very basics to them so that they could continue on with their ‘jobs’. Toys, love, companionship, proper grooming, decent beds, etc. NOPE! The basics only! Her $$$$ came from their pups.

    So I started down the path to try to figure out what kind of person would do the things that she has done, for YEARS, and evidence has been found.

    First, I thought of all her manipulation and being the victim in every way from A-Z. So I looked up EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION and here is the easiest read on that. For me, it was red flags.

    From there, I added her so called fake charm, no guilt, no remorse for her dogs, etc. and here is the easiest read on that. Red Flags again!

    I am not a psychologist nor do I pretend to be. But I do know that there are just too many really horrible things that are connected to her through EVIDENCE. And I do see how she forever paints herself as a victim, etc. and most of her relationships with others fall out if they don’t agree with her or even question her.

    She is not a helpless old woman who needs some support. She needs her supporters to do HER bidding for her! She knows exactly what she is doing and will lie, manipulative, deceive, seek revenge, and twist truth every which way.

    But Ellie and the rest of her dogs paid a big price for her screwed up head. And yes, in their memory/ongoing life, I am so grateful for this site and also for Prisoners for Profit. It is because of your work, your dedication and your passion that the rest of us will not have to eventually ever see Rutland Manor PUPPY MILL again.

    • Joyce Tabor permalink
      October 17, 2009 4:30 pm

      Wow, what a great read the ‘Emotional Manipulator’ is! Given the many years I have read and watched the Rutland Manor ‘saga’, I am amazed at how much what I read hits the Bull’s Eye meter on RM’s owner. Anyone who takes the time to read this will equate ALL OF IT with the owner of RM.

      I know there are many followers of RM. I also understand that no matter who goes there and comes back with a ‘clean bill of health’ with regards to the dogs, one cannot ignore the the many claims of the last few years. You cannot ignore the numerous registry failures; nor can you disquise the constant drama as having a bad day. Throw in the familial ‘public’ traumas, the mental depressions, the parade of poor judgements, the auction block sales, the lost or altered pedigrees , the pound purchases for breeding, the unexplainable mood swings, the lies and constant whines of ‘everyone out to get her’ re-enforce emotional manipulation at its best.

      Never in the 7 years that I have been breeding Labradoodles have I ever read anything from the RM site, chat or public forum that remotely resembled an apology for all these assorted situations. Excuses by the buckets……but no apologies for the bad deeds done; no ownership for decisions made, nor any truthful explanations for the reasons which triggered the choices. Just manipulative management.

      • Lucy Tallent permalink
        November 15, 2009 7:18 am

        As a breeder of dogs fot profit you’re no less responsible for spreading suffering and misery than any other who generate the 200,000 dogs the RSPCA alone (not counting other pounds/shelters, etc.) slaughters each year. The fake self-righteous justifications don’t wash. Slime is slime.

  8. Cheryl permalink
    October 15, 2009 3:25 am

    “Methinks” has presented Beverley “Perfectly”.
    Follow the link to Emotional Manipulation and it is absolutely true.
    “OHHH Woe Me” – Poor Beverley always the VICTIM – you have always had people turning against her.

    Any wonder WHY????

    Beverley has ALWAYS had conflict with close friends, family and people of authority. UNLESS you stroke her HUGE ego and agree with her – that makes her happy because it gives her the opportuntiy to give more “Victim” stories POOR BEV.


  9. Lisa Ryan permalink
    October 15, 2009 4:30 am

    Yes what about the dogs ?.Remember the dogs. All of them. Each and every one of them. Some we will never even know about and some we only know snippets about. All these dogs have however suffered the same fate at the hands of this cruel and greedy woman all in the name of profit. All of these dogs have the same emotions, feel the same pain and many have no voice to cry out for help. We must never forget the dogs and we must never give up fighting for their welfare.

  10. heike allison permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:12 am

    Are you kidding me?? Ellie shot for nothing more than a dispute?? WTH, this is sooo wrong in every way I can think of!!!

  11. Charlie permalink
    October 15, 2009 7:32 am

    Beverly should hang her head in shame.

  12. Alison permalink
    October 15, 2009 8:33 am

    No No No
    I cant stand it !!!
    She must be closed down
    I will never forget Ellie, this is just to much its heartbreaking

  13. October 15, 2009 8:34 am

    I have been following this site for a while now and felt compelled to post after reading about Ellie.
    Wherever you are little one I pray you are at peace xxx

    As for the perpetrators of these dogs, the facade that has duped people has finally come down, just remember this.. what’s goes round comes round!!
    Spay/Neuter all your dogs Beverley, then find them kind & caring forever homes, go on, do the decent thing, you may just get a reprieve in the afterlife.

  14. October 15, 2009 8:35 am

    She is the master at emotional manipulation and she has done it for years. This site has just gathered all the evidence in one easy spot for us to see. Thank God for this site
    These poor suffering dogs

  15. StopRutlandManor permalink
    October 15, 2009 9:05 am

    Please be a loud relentless voice for the RM Dogs

    email The Mayor of Baw Baw, Ruth McGowan, and CEO David Powell
    Remind them about Shania

    RSPCA Chief Inspector Greg Boland


    Thank you

  16. Louise permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:13 am

    This is so heartbreaking. The poor innocent little sweetheart. So much cruelty for so many years….

    Any person who attempts to validate or excuse Beverley Manners and other puppy farmers must have a vested interest or a shocking disregard for animal welfare.

    Please let those dogs still at BM’s mercy be saved and placed in loving 4ever homes. And the same hope applies to all dogs used as mere commodities.

  17. Hazel McNamara permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:31 am

    I can hardly type, my eyes welled with tears
    RIP sweet beautiful Ellie

    Beverley retire, NOW for Gods sake

    Boycott Rutland Manor !

  18. Peter permalink
    October 15, 2009 10:33 am

    Utter disgrace Beverley !
    If we all email the authorities they cannot ignore us
    I agree Boycott Rutland Manor

  19. Melissa Birch permalink
    October 15, 2009 11:39 am

    I am horrified, distraught and an emotional wreck
    I can hardly comprehend the suffering and cruelty this dog was forced to endure
    How many more dogs have suffered at Rutland Manor, I hate to think
    I have emailed the Council and RSPCA
    RIP Ellie, I will never forget you 😦

  20. October 15, 2009 12:46 pm

    I have never felt so upset and sickened at how a beautiful loyal companion has been used and abused.
    My heart goes out to her and others who are not safe, as Ellie is now.
    God bless you darling x

  21. October 15, 2009 2:01 pm

    This is the worst thing I have ever heard. The poor , poor little dog, where is the compassion from this PERSON ,I cannot believe anyone could do this. Evil !!

  22. silva permalink
    October 15, 2009 4:19 pm

    A bullet or worse awaits most puppy farm breeding dogs when they finish earning, it is so very rare for this fact to become known. The bitches are rarely well enough to be sold and the breeders do not want their crimes known.
    Poor little Ellie.

  23. Marlo permalink
    October 16, 2009 6:07 am

    RIP ELLIE , never forgotten.
    I have written to the authorities as well, we need to speak as one voice, the more, the louder, the better off the dogs will be.

  24. James.A permalink
    October 16, 2009 6:09 am

    BOYCOTT RUTLAND MANOR NOW!!! What a sickening, shocking place
    Dogs are companion animals and should be treated with respect
    Shame Shame Shame

  25. Someone who knew Ellie permalink
    October 16, 2009 12:29 pm

    Please tell me this isn’t true. It is a nightmare. Ellie was a beautiful, happy little dog who loved and trusted everyone. Beverly swore that she was stolen and even posted a reward for her safe return. To think that she had her destroyed is so stressful, I can barely stand to think about it. The staff and friends around at that time were used as pawns in her little game. They totally believed what she had to say and stood behind her 100%. I can’t stop crying when I read the post about little Ellie. Beverley, if this is true, you deserve everything you are getting and everything that is coming to you.

  26. ANON permalink
    October 16, 2009 1:12 pm

    RIP Beautiful Ellie,
    this is appalling cruelty, I will help spread the word to boycott rutland manor puppies. There are plenty of other labradoodle breeders who dont factory farm their dogs.
    I am sickened.

    • November 4, 2009 9:09 am

      Sick b*stards! Shame on you. Hope everyone involved rots in hell! Poor, poor dogs. All of them.

  27. Beth permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:32 am

    Who thought we would see the day of Battery Dogs. I have tears in my eyes as I type. Why is it that some people are above the law this woman needs to be stopped. How can she sleep at night knowing that the money she makes on these dogs is from sheer misery. It isn’t an honest living at all !! Shame Shame Shame!!

  28. Joyce Tabor permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:45 am

    I just want to vomit.

  29. Cristy permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:54 am

    I am sickened as well, this is truly heartbreaking.
    this woman must be stopped
    Oh these poor dogs, my heart is breaking for them
    I will write to the authorities as soon as I stop sobbing 😦

  30. Graeme permalink
    October 17, 2009 1:56 am

    This must be stopped
    RIP Ellie

  31. heike allison permalink
    October 19, 2009 9:57 am

    This isnt’ one voice, but many from all walks of life. Seeing the reality of RM and the abuse bestowed upon the breeding dogs. Ellie is the poster pooch, but she is only one of many!!!

  32. October 24, 2009 9:12 am

    The whelping dates speak volumes!…absolutely disgraceful!

  33. Anonymous permalink
    October 25, 2009 6:27 am

    Ellie was a gorgeous ball of white curls. A gentle little dog who trusted and loved everyone who met her. Keep in mind that she would have known the people who took her. She would have been wagging her tail and jumping up to them for a pat. It’s really hard to think about it. without getting really distressed.

  34. Ellies little friend permalink
    October 25, 2009 12:14 pm

    Come on Beverley, speak up. We want to hear what happened to Ellie. Or are you busy praying for forgiveness??? I think It’s too late. God has sent an animal activist to punish you.

  35. Louise permalink
    October 27, 2009 3:33 am

    Until the proprerty status of animals is abolished then the cruelty, as exemplified by Beverley Manners, will continue. It is no coincidence Manners aligns her personal philosophy with a deity: monotheism validates ‘dominion over every living thing that moves’.

    Specific to canine welfare: puppy farmers and other breeders ignore the indisputable facts 1)there are inadequate loving homes for the amount of dogs bred and 2) hundreds of thousands of abandoned healthy dogs are killed each year.
    The Lort Smith Animal Home has the motto “Don’t breed or buy whilst homeless pets die” for good reason.

  36. ellie permalink
    October 27, 2009 12:36 pm

    Words fail me!!!

  37. heike allison permalink
    October 28, 2009 12:39 am

    You notice none of her “Investigative reporters” will comment of the back to back litters and in this case Ellie and her tragedy. Nope, just focus on MT, Monash,Bankruptcy answer all the stuff surrounding Bev and her “reputation”, but SILENCE on her dogs.

  38. Lakielady permalink
    November 7, 2009 7:16 pm

    Appalling story. Those poor dogs.

    If I had one wish, it would be to find a way of stopping puppy farming.

  39. Kevin Wilcox permalink
    November 14, 2009 8:12 pm

    Next Sunday sees the first day of Advent – Christmas is upon us and bright young puppies are waving their tails at us through pet shop windows pleading with us with puppy dog eyes. We need to broadcast this is not acceptable.
    If we are moved by the story of Ellie she is a martyr, a symbol encouraging possible change, a catalyst calling us to action. If we do nothing we consent to, and silently approve of, the torture and slaughter of those amongst us more sinned against than sinning. We know better. We can do better than witness.
    Christmas is upon us, this is the eleventh hour. And after Christmas? Many of the innocent will be thrown out with the wrapping paper.
    The tragedy of Ellie is a timely warning.

  40. kelly permalink
    November 25, 2009 9:51 am

    I have a laboradoodle. He is 4 years old. When I purchased him I wasn’t aware of the terrible puppy farming industry. I love my boy like a child but will NEVER purchase a “designer” dog again because of these horror stories that I hear so much about. It’s a cruel, greedy industry and it’s getting worse. So many animals in different situations are affected. I pray for all the dogs in situations like Ellie. And I pray that legislation protects these dogs in the future.

    • Joyce Tabor permalink
      November 25, 2009 2:40 pm


      It is NOT because of the ‘designer’ status at all. It is the greed and ‘sickness’ of the breeder. You cannot lump the horrific experiences bestowed by some breeders on their animals as the rule.

      Take heart that there are many very good breeders producing these lovely animals with care and love so that many more deserving people can enjoy the companionship of a furry wonder.

      The cruel behavior is not limited to designer dogs. This is why I will not ship or sell any of my puppies unless you visit my home where my dogs and puppies are raised. I want to make my own assessments of a potential client and I want them to be able to do the same to me.

  41. heike allison permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:00 am

    Well said Joyce, I just wish the dogs in rescue would find homes too. Up until my current two dogs, I have always done the rescue way, I love my girls but still have a sadness to know many dogs, good dogs are being thrown away each and every day.

    • Joyce Tabor permalink
      November 30, 2009 1:26 pm


      I, too, always had rescues and for almost two years, I tried to get a second dog to be a companion for the one we had at home. I love mixed breeds but unfortunately, we also ran a couple of home businesses that had people here all the time. The ‘type’ of rescue had to be one that would not be a frightening one to ‘non-dog’ people. Many of our customers would not get out of their cars if they saw a Pitbull mix, black dog, Shepherd or any large breed. I tried for two years and our local shelters could not provide one that I could take. Plus, I had to be careful about temperament as there were always children around as well.

      After we received a Golden from a family member, I kept that breed. When they became rampant with Cancer, I opted to purchase an American Labradoodle and have not looked back. I had everything I always wanted in a dog – non-shedding, lovely temperament and a ‘dog of mixed breeds’!

  42. August 11, 2010 12:44 pm

    YOU and Beverley were questioned by the police and refused to speak up because shooting dogs happened all the time, didn’t it? Didn’t Derek just do what he was told by both of you?

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