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