Judge to hear ar­gu­ments that could de­cide fate of N.S. dog seized af­ter at­tacks

Cape Breton Post - - ATLANTIC -

HAL­I­FAX (CP) — A Nova Sco­tia judge will hear ar­gu­ments next month that could de­cide the fate of a dog caught in a court bat­tle that has lasted nearly two years.

Brindi was seized by Hal­i­fax an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers in July 2008 and or­dered de­stroyed af­ter it at­tacked other dogs. The five-year-old mixed breed has been kept at a shel­ter run by the So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals since she was seized.

Francesca Ro­gier, Brindi’s owner, was found guilty in pro­vin­cial court Tues­day on three counts of vi­o­lat­ing an an­i­mal con­trol by­law af­ter her mixed breed dog at­tacked an­other an­i­mal last July.

Out­side the court­room, Ro­gier con- tin­ued to ar­gue the judge ig­nored a lot of ev­i­dence that she said would have sup­ported her case.

“ There’s a pre­pon­der­ance of other cases that shows that dogs that did worse than my dog, bit­ten peo­ple and re­ally sav­aged an­i­mals, have only been fined,” said Ro­gier.

Ro­gier, of East Chezzetcook, a ru­ral com­mu­nity on the out­skirts of Hal­i­fax, had pleaded not guilty to be­ing the owner of a dog that was run­ning at large, own­ing a dog that at­tacked an­other an­i­mal and fail­ing to com­ply with a muz­zling or­der.

The con­vic­tion car­ries a fine but the big­ger is­sue still to be de­cided is the fate of the dog.

Judge Alanna Mur­phy will hear ar­gu­ments from Ro­gier, who is rep­re­sent­ing her­self, and the Crown on March 9 be­fore de­cid­ing how to pro­ceed.

She will have a range of op­tions to con­sider in­clud­ing hav­ing the dog put down as a threat to the pub­lic wel­fare, re­turned to its owner or handed to a third party for con­tin­u­ing care.

Dog trainer Bob Ot­tenbrite, who has had some con­tact with the an­i­mal, said he’s pre­pared to have Brindi spend the rest of her life at his ken­nel.

“Brindi was in my obe­di­ence classes where she did very well and she was also in agility classes where she got to in­ter­act with other dogs,” Ot­tenbrite said.

Ro­gier said she has no idea how her dog is do­ing. She had been al­lowed to visit Brindi up un­til late last year when ac­cess was cut off.

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