Friday, March 5, 2010
Some observers - especially those inclined towards a characterization of me as a marginal whacko - like to suggest that the bulk of support for Brindi and me lies disproportionately beyond the border. Well, it is true that there are many people around the world who do support us, and I am very lucky that so many have actively sustained their support for quite some time. I can't begin to count them, I just step aside and marvel. Now they've been joined by some very determined folks in Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, and as far away as Hong Kong, and they are doing some amazing things.
I had no idea that so many truly generous and committed people were around, let alone that they would take something like this on with such ferocity.
Three letters in one day is a first; I can only wonder how many others sent letters just like these since Olive Pastor's letter below was published last Sunday.
The mayor and city council have done nothing to help Francesca Rogier in her time of need.
Brindi is not a dangerous dog. The SPCA put a picture of Brindi’s birthday party on its website. Employees and their families were sitting around Brindi, who was not wearing a muzzle. They all looked very happy, including the toddler who was sitting a few feet away.
Because she challenged somebody’s authority, Ms. Rogier and Brindi must now suffer?
And to think that the city used our tax dollars to hire a private firm of lawyers to prosecute Ms. Rogier is ridicules (sic).
If this can happen to Ms. Rogier and Brindi, it can happen to anyone who owns a pet. Do you want to be next?
Valerie Slaunwhite, Beaver Bank
Ms. Rogier committed the unpardonable sin of fighting back against a bad law.
Little did she know that the vindictive pettiness of our elected council would do far more damage to the public interest than the actions of her dog.
This thuggery should be resisted by anyone professing concern for the rights of the governed.
Rick Crawford, Hubley
This letter is not the first time I have come to the defence of Francesca Rogier and her dog Brindi.
As for the justice system: One judge says "give her back to her owner" and another judge says "no."
Now it is your chance to speak up.
Anne White, Truro
(To answer the question on the bill - ME!)
I've been told by local legal beagles that dogs are not regarded by the courts as high-value property. Unless a dog is a guide dog, from a rare breed, or a greyhound that races, they're typically not considered worth much more than, say, fifty bucks. Hence the reluctance of lawyers to get involved when a lawsuit becomes necessary.
But dogs are clearly more valuable than that, when you consider that people spend billions on their dogs annually - food, toys, vet bills, clothes... - and we all know that Hollywood earns billions on doggy movies every Christmas and all year long, year after year. Who can accurately measure the savings in anti-depressants, alarm systems, and all the other things people would have to pay for, if they didn't own a dog as a companion animal?? These are all ignored by the current animal control laws in North America, which are in many ways at odds with animal cruelty laws.
People who like dogs usually like them without reservation, in contrast to their more cautious way of liking humans. Walking around with Brindi made it easier to get to know people in our community. I can say without any jealousy or resentment that they doubtless liked her more than me. This really struck me when it came time to ask for help to save her life and get her out of the pound. I was thankful she was so likeable, because it meant I had no trouble soliciting letters of support from 16 people in a fairly short time. Among them are several who who testified in court a year and a half later virtually without changing a word, and what is more, I always knew I could count on that. These people did not merely say they like Brindi, however; they gave testimony to what they saw and heard on many occasions.