A full-page ad and an open letter in yesterday’s Brampton Guardian have enraged many, as the City of Brampton continues to shirk responsibility for the egregious acts of its animal control officers.
Citing the Dog Owners’ Liability Act, Jamie Lowery, commissioner of community services, claims the city had no choice in seizing Rambo and Brittany.
But Lowery is wrong.
1. The city did have a choice. Animal control officers are not obligated to remove innocent dogs from their homes based solely on their appearance. Nowhere in the Dog Owners’ Liability Act does it state an animal control officer must seize a dog he or she believes to be a pit bull when the dog is neither biting nor attacking anyone.
Brittany and Rambo are not aggressive or dangerous dogs, and the city has never received any complaints about them. Yet an animal control officer decided, seemingly on a whim, to target them.
2. The dogs were seized illegally without warrants while the dogs’ horrified owners begged and pleaded with the officers to release their animal companions.
The only time an officer can legally seize a pet without a warrant is when he or she “has reasonable grounds to suspect that entry into any building, receptacle or place, including a dwelling house, is necessary to prevent imminent bodily harm or death to any person or domestic animal.”
This was, most certainly, not the case with Rambo and Brittany.
3. The city has been provided with statements from experienced veterinarians who confirm the illegally seized dogs are not pit bulls. But the city, bound and determined to be right, will not accept expert testimony as evidence.
4. Brampton Animal Services has the power to end this atrocity and return these gentle and, now, severely traumatized dogs to their families—but they refuse to do so.
Incredibly, Lowery had this to say in his carefully worded letter: “As we move forward, I want to assure everyone that Rambo and Brittany will continue to receive the highest level of care at our Animal Shelter.”
Is he really that naïve?
The dogs have been confined to cages 23.5 hours a day since January 13, are not permitted any contact with family members, and their own veterinarians are forbidden to check on their well-being.
This is cruel and abusive—quite the opposite of “care.”
Outraged commenter “1formakingsense” had this to say in response to Lowery’s letter:
“What did you just state? Rambo & Brittany will receive the highest level of care, AS YOU AGGRESSIVELY PURSUE TO KILL THEM! Do you hear yourself? Return these beloved cherished pets back into the loving homes of their families. They have done NO WRONG, unlike yourselves. Their owners will give them the highest level of care. You are destroying them by this heartless separation, and are doing them harm. You all SHOULD BE CHARGED with animal cruelty.”
[Poster from imageshack.us]
For more info, see:
Innocent Brampton death-row dogs Rambo and Brittany await execution
Animal Rights 101: Why your dog isn’t safe in Ontario