Bloggers note: Please take the time to COMMENT on this Blog Post to show your support for BRINDI, comments can then be passed onto Ms. Waterman and to Brindi’s owner. Confidentiality of your contact info will be honored unless permission to release is provided by you. Please also be sure to sign the petition: Link is contained below.
EXTREMELY URGENT. PLEASE READ FROM CAROL WATERMAN, MONTREAL, QC. CANADA: Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)
(copied and pasted with permission)
TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY ??
For many animals, it will be the season to be jolly, but sadly for others, it will not be !!
I am a dedicated animal activist, Founder and President of Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA) and reside on the South Shore of Montreal, Quebec.
As you are well aware our Canadian animal laws are extremely antiquated and need to be drastically changed. I won’t write about our ever-failing MAPAQ (Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food) in charge of our Quebec animal laws. That will be another story for the near future.
Many animals have been abandoned, lost or abused. Many end up in shelters because of the lack of room at non-profit rescues. Many of those innocent beings, who end up in shelters are killed via methods of euthanasia, or inhumanely killed “en masse” in gas chambers, or with heart sticks. It is heartbreaking to know that all these animals have suffered most of their lives and then die a horrific death !! In the meantime, we non-paid activists, volunteers and rescues work on a daily basis, trying to save as many animals as we can. No matter how difficult this work is & sometimes overwhelming we cannot quit, as we will have failed the animals. They need us as we are their voices, their hope and their angels !!
I would like to tell you one true story, and one that is very close to many hearts. It is about one precious, innocent dog in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her name is Brindi and she won’t be home for the holidays, as she is being held in a Halifax shelter. There is not much time left before Brindi could be sentenced to death !! The trial for Brindi’s owner, “Francesca Rogier” is scheduled for March 2 and March 16, 2012. Trial dates were initially set for November 2011, but had to be postponed due to an unfortunate injury to Francesca’s hand. I know Francesca personally and she is a wonderful, responsible person and loves her dog very much.
I am reaching out to all you good-hearted people to help save Brindi. It would be a miracle if a pro-bono lawyer would open up his/her heart and help Ms Rogier. Francesca does not have legal counsel and has to defend herself & Brindi, against the City of Halifax. Please send polite letters to the persons mentioned below. Halifax’s provincial law empowers both Minister of Justice “Ross Landry” and Minister of Municipal Affairs “The Honourable John MacDonnell” to intercede in a case being prosecuted by the Halifax Regional Municipality, and drop charges or stay the proceedings or stop them from going beyond the charges to ask for an order to sentence Brindi to death.
Please write and/or call them to say this. Use the bullet points below for other arguments that you may wish to make.
Nova Scotia Department of Justice
Minister of Justice Ross Landry:
Hon. Ross Landry email@example.com
5151 Terminal Road, P.O. Box 7
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2L6
Phone: (902) 424-4030
Minister of Municipal Affairs:
Hon. John MacDonnell
Phone: (902) 424-5550
Fax: (902) 424-0581
Toll Free: 1-800-670-4357
Below are the events that have transpired since 2008.
Since August 2008, thousands of people worldwide, including myself, have been trying to save Brindi. We have a petition on line and to date has gathered 7,492 signatures. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/free-brindi-this-dog-must-not-be-euthanized/. Please circulate the petition and this message to everyone you know and post to your sites.
In this case, Halifax is seeking a court order to kill Brindi as an additional penalty. This is a repeat of the first trial in 2009-2010, in which her owner was charged for three by-law violations and but not until six months after the event, and immediately after the city lost its case in supreme court, but refused to return Brindi. Brindi’s health has suffered from three years of confinement, and her owner has lost a considerable amount of money, her life put on hold.
* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid. Ms Rogier spent thousands of dollars on legal fees to save Brindi and her beautiful, gentle dog was finally released in/around July 2010 after spending 2 long years in a shelter.
* Brindi was evaluated by several trainers and behaviorists at the request of her owner. None of these deemed Brindi dangerous. They regard her as territorial, and suggested more training.
* Brindi’s owner, Francesca Rogier, observed all court-imposed conditions for Brindi’s return.
* The conditions are: following a muzzle order, building and maintaining a dog run, and doing further training.
* The conditions were identical to the conditions she originally offered to the city in 2008, but were met with no response from the city.
* The incident leading to Brindi’s second seizure in September 2010 and a third year behind bars was an accidental event. Freak accidents do happen! People should not be punished for them by the destruction of a beloved family member. She remains incarcerated to this date.
* Moreover, the incident was no more serious than previous incidents. Like those, it occurred on or near her property – i.e. at most, a few feet from the boundary.
* Brindi simply needed more time to readjust to her surroundings, after being locked up for two years without contact with other dogs.
* Francesca worked with trainer Susan Jordan. She did more training that was required and continued after Brindi was released and not because a court ordered it, but because she wanted Brindi to be as perfect as possible.
DOG LAW MUST BE ENFORCED USING REASON AND DISCRETION
* Cities have a role to insure public safety, but within reason: they must also treat dogs and owners fairly.
* By-law infractions are minor offenses that are meant to be fined.
* Killing a dog is not a fair or moral penalty for any by-law infraction.
* If a city seeks to kill a dog it says is dangerous, it must present proper grounds. It must have proof that it has attacked with the intent to kill or do serious harm.
* Dogs that fight dogs are not necessarily a threat to public safety. Dogs are not part of the public. If they were, they would have rights!
* Dogs typically fight dogs as a way to establish dominance. It is no indication they will attack humans. And dogs can be trained out of this behavior.
* Fatalities due to dog attacks rank very low on the list of causes of accidental death and injury. They are not even among the top fifty.
UNFAIR TREATMENT OF DOGS AND OWNERS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE
* Cities should be held to a consistent standard that is in keeping with their usual enforcement of the by-law.
* Halifax decided in 2008 to muzzle, then seize and destroy Brindi, fully aware that she had never attacked a person and had not injured dogs at all, except for one minor injury that was treated with first aid.
* Halifax’s decision to kill Brindi was thus way out of line with its customary enforcement. Its decision to seize Brindi once again is not only cruel and unusual punishment itself, but also in stark contrast with its handling of a recent case of a pit bull that attacked a woman in the throat and face.
* The city has never had Brindi’s behavior evaluated professionally. It will not be bringing an expert witness to the trial. An animal control officer will testify, but she is not qualified in dog training and behavior.
* Clearly Halifax is not pursuing this case in the interest of public safety.
BOTTOM LINE: BRINDI IS NOT A KILLER AND MUST NOT BE KILLED !!
As well, please write to the lawyer for HRM Animal Services, Ms. Katherine Salsman – firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT SEND the above points to the lawyer. HRM refuses to let Brindi return home, regardless of her ill health. Since spending three long years in a shelter, Brindi has now developed two chronic conditions – pancreatitis and dental disease, and both are directly related to care/lack of care at the shelter. In addition to medical concerns there is the matter of the cost of the tests, which run over $200, in addition to the cost of the visits to the veterinary clinic, which Ms Rogier has been covering since September 2010. This is the second time in a year special tests have been necessitated by Brindi’s condition. In the opinion of Francesca’s vet, they have much to do with her care at the shelter. These costs are an extra burden for Francesca. In truth, they are rightly the responsibility of HRM, which I doubt that they will reimburse.
Anyone interested in helping should let HRM know that the world is watching and everyone is welcome to contact Ms Salsman directly. This city has not made one move to cooperate, negotiate, be reasonable or compassionate, since the day they took Brindi in July 2008. The very act of taking her followed the highly unreasonable action of muzzling her, which it did with the sole intent of seizing and killing her at the very next opportunity, despite the fact that she had not done anything to deserve it, and regardless of whether she would later hurt anybody or anything. In fact she had not !! It is not an issue that Halifax wants to “save face” – Halifax does not care !!
If you write any letters, please send me a copy so that I may send to Ms Rogier. Thank you for your valuable time, patience & understanding.
Bloggers note: Please leave your comments: if you have written a letter on Brindi’s behalf and wish to send to Ms. Waterman, I will then provide you with her personal email address so that you can forward your letter of support personally to her.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to Everyone !! Wishing you Peace and Health for the New Year !!
President and Founder
Canadian Volunteers for the Protection of Animals (CVPA)
What must be going through Brindi’s mind when she sees animal control officers show up at her door again, to take her away again, to be put in a cage again? The picture shown below says it all! This split photo is one of Brindi in July 2010, happy and energetic, socializing with those who love her. The second photo was taken directly after they seized her on September 27, 2010. The utter look of defeat in her eyes and the sadness. This is cruel and unnecessary punishment! We have to do everything we can to help save Brindi’s life!
For more information, please see Brindi’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/287807274888/
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