Dog defender takes petition to Sherbrooke
JAsked how the Sherbrooke council reacted to her request, Ms. Young commented: “The council was cold, quick to shut it down, and didn’t show much interest. Now I’m really wondering and even more worried than before.”
In the case of “Toxon”, the pit bull was being walked by its master on a leash when a smaller dog, not on a leash, came from across the street and attacked the much bigger dog. The pit bull reacted to defend itself and, unfortunately, the smaller dog died as a result of its injuries. “It happened on a Saturday and the owner had no time to get a lawyer by Monday, when the dog was put down. If that dog was such a threat to humans and other dogs, why didn’t it hurt one of the five humans who tried to stop the attack?” questioned Ms. Young who added that, in past incidents of dog aggression, the dogs have been evaluated.
What makes Toxon’s case unusual is that he was the dog on the leash and he was Founder of the Pet Connection and owner of Blue Seal,
proposed a Dog Tribunal to the Sherbrooke City council on Monday night following the euthanizing of a large dog. not the attacker, but the defender. “I don’t even know the owner of Toxon. I took this on because I’ve saved hundreds of dogs and I’ve been educating people about responsible dog ownership, about keeping them on a leash at all times when in public. Then you have a dog on a leash, acting like any dog would, and he was killed! I had to do something,” said Ms. Young who also believes the city should require dog owners to have their dogs on leashes and wearing a ‘halti’, a device that goes over the muzzle and tightens only when the dog pulls hard. “In this situation, any dog at all, walking on a leash, could be at risk to be euthanized if it is attacked by another dog,” she concluded.