February 11, 2010

Dogs still at risk in Brampton

Remember those two dogs in Brampton, Ontario? The dogs that 1) have never harmed or threatened to harm anyone; 2) have never been the subject of complaint by neighbors; 3) have never escaped from their yards or been found wandering loose; 4) have licenses and law-abiding owners; and 5) are by all accounts friendly, much-loved companions?

Yeah, those two: the ones facing execution for the crime of living in Ontario while having a short coat and a wide-ish skull.

The execution has been postponed, but the families are barred from visiting or even glimpsing their pets, and their family vet is likewise barred from checking on the dogs, which have been locked up for the better part of a month. [Habeas canis, anyone?]

On Saturday demonstrators rallied in support of the families and their dogs, and the bureaucrats are now "moving forward very cautiously."
The goal is to find a solution that works for everyone in the best way possible while respecting the legislation.

"Respecting the legislation" — Gah, I love that. Because defying a piece of crap legislation simply isn't done! Unless, of course, you happen to have a backbone and a shred of integrity.

For updates on the fate of the dogs in Brampton, keep an eye on the following blogs:
One Bark at a Time
KC Dog Blog
Social Mange

Edited to add
a new bog covering this story: Brindle Stick. The more coverage of Ontario's epic BSL failure the better, sez I. Thanks to Lori for the heads up.


YesBiscuit! said...

I am 99.9% committed to non-violence. I reserve the .1% in case something like this ever happens to me. Bless those owners for their patience.

Social Mange said...


Saturday, February 20, 2010
12 noon to 3 pm
Brampton City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West, Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Peaceful protest of Brampton's recalcitrance to admit their mistake. Bring the kids, bring your dogs (in compliance with OnScario and Brampton's breed specific legislation, let's not let any more dogs be seized).


Go to www.saveontariodogs.com for more info or to contact the organizers.