Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Brampton is maintaining the madness

The Toronto Sun had an article today "Dog owners still pitted against animal control".

Brampton simply refuses to listen to common sense and realize they are under no obligation to randomly, so called identify mutts as "pitbulls" and rip them out of loving homes.

For Brittany and Rambo — a couple of dogs labelled as pit bulls — life is, well, the pits.
So say the owners of the dogs, which remain in the custody of Brampton Animal Services, having been seized Jan. 13 on the assumption they’re pit bulls.
Rui Branco, whose brother, Joseph, owns Brittany, says the family vet was denied access by the city to visit the caged animals Tuesday, a day after the city gave permission.
He said it’s a stressful situation for the families because they don’t know what conditions the dogs are living in.
“Monday afternoon, we negotiated with the city that he could come and then at 12:38 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, they send my lawyer a letter telling us the vet can’t come and the city will provide us with a report on the welfare of the animals,” Branco, 42, said. “They didn’t give us a reason.”

1 comment:

  1. The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Brampton are being fiscally irresponsible to the extreme in this matter. Tally the cost of the Brampton Animal Control officers (paycheques, benefits, vehicles, gas, insurance) ignoring dangerous dogs and seizing peaceful dogs; the cost of the vet who demonized these dogs; the cost of City workers receiving the e-mails, faxes and snail mail and cruising blogs about this matter; the cost of the private security firm and the idling vehicles to “protect” Animal Control office from peaceful protestors (probably to be repeated on the 20th); the cost of City lawyers to cooper up an obviously unacceptable “offer” and “negotiate” with the owners and their lawyers; the cost of City lawyers and communications people to write the letter printed over Jamie Lowery’s name; the cost for Mayor Fennell to buy newspaper space ($7,291) and send letters trying to CHA.

    The province's breed-specific legislation was passed by a whipped vote. Those who objected could have absented themselves, but McGuinty's control is well-known and Liberal backbenchers feared being frozen out. It's time for their consciences to speak loudly, and for ALL Ontario MPPs to vote to pass Cheri DiNovo's Bill 222 to remove breed-specific legislation from the Ontario Dog Owners' Liability Act.