A local woman is distraught, after the City seized her two dogs in August. 27-year-old Alyssa Dionne says her 3-year-old Pit Bull, Bailey, and Bailey’s 14-month-old puppy were taken by the City after a complaint was made. “Bailey kept getting out. I guess they had went a couple blocks over and they allegedly attacked another dog. Then the dogs got taken by Animal Control. They came into my house, an RCMP Officer actually pried my door open.”
Animal Control Officers have the ability, under the Community Charter, to seize animals if they are felt to be potentially dangerous or a threat to the community. Both dogs are being kept at the SPCA until a trial is held in the spring.
Dionne says her dogs are not aggressive. She says if anything, they are very loving. “Those dogs are apart of my family and I don’t want to lose them.”
Animal Control Officers will need to provide evidence that the dogs are a danger to the public in the upcoming trial set for May 16th. Dionne will also have an opportunity to give a defense. Manager of Bylaw Services, Fred Crittenden, says “Once the court process is completed, a Judge will determine whether or not the dogs are returnable. There could be conditions at that point and that’s a Judges decision upon hearing the evidence presented.”
In the meantime, Dionne has started a petition to bring her dogs home. It already has well over 100 signatures.