If you are new to this case, thank you for your interest! For background, please see the 2012 Montreal Dog Blog interview. This case differs from most "dangerous dog" cases and may be confusing. But it is important to know for those concerned about animal control laws and enforcement in North America, as it lays bare core issues common to animal control cases.
A call out to all who care about Brindi:
Please help with the effort to persuade the local SPCA to intervene by using its legal authority to protect animal welfare to take her from the control of the city and place her in a safe, healthy home that abides by all court conditions.
Asking the SPCA to intervene is one way the public can help. It has the greatest potential for getting Brindi to safety.
Here is how it works.
1. To clarify the roles:
- Halifax animal control now takes all animals it picks up as strays or seizes under warrant to Homeward Bound City Pound, a private company in Burnside Industrial Park, that Halifax contracts to provide "pound services" as of 2010.* That year, Halifax chose not to renew its contract with the Nova Scotia SPCA, who previously provided these services at the Metro Shelter.
- In turn, Homeward Bound pays a private kennel in West Chezzetcook, Wyndenfog Kennel, to hold dogs Halifax wants detained until their fate is decided - usually until their owners are tried in court.
- Halifax instructs Homeward Bound and Wyndenfog to confine these dogs from contact with other dogs and to prohibit visits (from their owners, trainers, vets).
- Brindi has been at Wyndenfog Kennel since 2010.
- The Act provides full and sole authority to the SPCA to enforce it.
- The SPCA is thus empowered to investigate, lay charges, and obtain a warrant to seize animals.
- For this, it needs “reasonable grounds to believe an animal is in distress”. No further permission or approval is necessary.
- There is veterinary and canine expert opinion on file – already in its possession - providing ample grounds for the SPCA to believe - and know - Brindi is in distress.