Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Brindi the dog case adjourned
Jeffrey Lansing Mar 09, 2010 13:44:47 PM
The embattled owner of Brindi the dog has more time to build a defense after the dog's sentencing hearing was adjourned until April.
The adjournment was granted so Brindi could undergo a behavioural assessment.
"For a judge to decide whether a dog is too dangerous to live, they should be able to draw upon expert opinion from someone who is able to assess the behaviour of a dog," says Brindi's owner Francesca Rogier. "And that's what I'd like to put forward to the court."
She says she tried a couple weeks ago, but it couldn't be coordinated with animal control and the SPCA.
Brindi was on a muzzle order last year, yet was able to leave her yard and attacked another dog.
Rogier was convicted last month of three by-law infractions relating to the incident.
Rogier, who lives in East Chezzetcook, says she's also working to get two recent court cases where dogs attacked people, and were not euthanized.
Caryl Michaelson-Rotermund, a neighbour of Rogier, says she's seen no violent behaviour from Brindi.
"Our dog went and took Brindi's bone from her," says Michaelson-Rotermund. "And she had no problem with that."
Brindi's fate could be decided April 16 when the case returns to Dartmouth Provincial Court.
Posted by Francesca Rogier at 12:12 AM