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UPDATE: Brindi's Life Is Spared, But She Can't Go Home Yet

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HRM Animal Services
P.O. Box 1749
Halifax, NS B3J 3A5
Andrea Macdonald, Animal Services: 902-490 1791
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Dear HRM Animal Services and Officials of Halifax, Nova Scotia:

Sometimes one life represents many. Brindi and her caretaker Francesca Rogier are just one dog and one woman — but their ordeal resonates worldwide.

On July 24, 2008 Halifax animal control officers seized Brindi for euthanasia. Since then, she's languished in the SPCA's city pound. Rogier has not been allowed to see her dog for six months.

In Halifax, animal control officers seem to use preemptive euthanasia, rather than "educate on responsible pet ownership" or consider statements from people who know the animal in question. Brindi has never attacked a human being. She has never gravely injured an animal. She is a microchipped, spayed and vaccinated graduate of obedience class who lived with Rogier and her two cats.

Brindi's three offenses occurred when the rambunctious shepherd-lab mix broke loose and dashed toward other dogs and their people walking on a road that borders Rogier's property. After the first encounter (with no report of serious injury to the other dog), police cited Rogier for lack of a municipal license — which she obtained quickly thereafter.

The second incident in April 2008 led to another dog's minor puncture wound, for which a guardian is ordinarily fined or ordered to erect fencing. Officers instead issued a permanent muzzle order that, under Halifax By-Law A300, commands euthanasia for any future violation.

On July 20, 2008 Brindi ran out a patio door before fully muzzled and leashed. With Rogier behind her, Brindi bee-lined toward a man and his two dogs. Brindi circled as the man kicked at her. Apparently, no injuries were recorded. Still, Brindi was seized and sentenced to die within four days of the event.

If Animal Services does not cancel Brindi's euthanasia, I urge municipal authorities to intervene. Please give Brindi her life and release her to Francesca Rogier, who has already fenced in her home's entryways, consulted a private trainer, and agreed to pay all fines and costs. I urge you to examine statements from those who know Brindi:

• Brindi's vet has never documented "aggression" in the dog's medical file.
• Neither her groomer nor kennel owner consider Brindi a dangerous dog.
• Even a mail carrier wrote that she was certain Brindi would never bite her.

Brindi's life matters. While public safety is rightfully your priority, the quick-to-kill response lacks humanity and progressive vision. Surely you can send Brindi home with stipulations. She does not need to die.

Thank you,
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UPDATE: Brindi's Life Is Spared, But She Can't Go Home Yet

4/20/10, UPDATE: Francesca Rogier spent her savings and the last two years of her life saving her mutt Brindi from euthanasia at the hands of the Halifax pound that still has the dog. Justice Alanna Murphy spared Brindi's life, but it's not clear when Brindi and Rogier will be reunited.

Justice Murphy imposed conditions before Brindi can be released from a city pound, where she's been since 2008 when she rushed off Rogier's property and attacked a leashed dog. Both dog and Rogier must take training courses and Rogier must provide secure enclosure for the animal at her home. Brindi must also be muzzled outside the home and appear on a dangerous dog registry...A spokeswoman said the city won't appeal the verdict. Rogier had argued that her dog was not usually aggressive but attacked a neighborhood dog who had fought with Brindi previously. An animal trainer testified that the mutt showed no signs of aggression and should not be put down...

SOURCE: BRINDI IS SAFE — N.S. court spares life of Brindi the dog, but sets conditions

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ORIGINAL ALERT — 2/26/08: Brindi's Life Matters. Help Save Her.

• They want to kill my dog.
• "FREE BRINDI" This dog must not be euthanized!
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Halifax has already recognized that Brindi is not a threat to humans. It was informed
by two respected trainers that her wayward behavior does not signify aggression
and definitely can be corrected. Yet the city…refuses to accept reasonable
alternatives that would both maintain safety and keep her alive.
"FREE BRINDI" This dog must not be euthanized!

Brindi is a five-year-old shepherd-lab mix. I adopted her from a shelter. Until recently,
she lived quite happily with me and my two cats, Amelia and Rudy. On July 24, 2008,
animal control officers from the city of Halifax appeared at my door. They entered
without a word, then showed me a court order to seize Brindi for euthanization…
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