Trevor the dog in fight for life in Yukon Supreme Court

Trevor, a two-year old German Shepherd-Rottweiler cross, is awaiting his day before the Yukon Supreme Court Aug. 6. The court action will determine whether Trevor is owned by the Yukon Humane Society or Whitehorse dog pound, and Trevor's life likely hangs in the balance.

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Bob Weber

The Canadian Press

The Yukon Supreme Court is to hear its first capital case in living memory when a judge decides the fate of a dog who supporters say stands unjustly accused.

If they win next week's case, the German-shepherd-Rottweiler cross named Trevor will probably go to a new home in the bush outside Whitehorse.

If they lose, he will be destroyed.

“He's on death row,” said Kevin Sinclair, the Whitehorse man who's already won one injunction to save the two-year old male with big brown eyes from that most dreaded of all vet visits.

“Trevor just got a raw deal,” said Gerry Steers, president of the Yukon Humane Society. “That's why we're fighting to save his life.”

Trevor entered the canine legal system last January when bylaw officers found him chained up outside a home. He had been abused and neglected to the point where his flesh was growing around his collar.

He was taken to the humane society's animal shelter, where he was nursed back to health and resocialized.

In May, he was adopted out to a woman who gave Trevor to her brother. On July 14, the dog was accused of biting three people and turned over to the city pound.

“[One victim] got out of his vehicle and the dog ran up and bit him on the arm — no provocation,” said John Taylor, Whitehorse's head of bylaw enforcement. “He broke the skin and bruised him quite badly.”

Taylor declared Trevor a dangerous dog, and Whitehorse bylaws stipulate that he should therefore be destroyed.

Trevor hadn't had a rabies shot, so the city had to hold him for 10 days to make sure he hadn't infected anyone.

That gave Sinclair time to act. He filed for a temporary injunction to save Trevor. The order was granted on Tuesday.

On Aug. 6, Sinclair is to argue before a judge that Trevor's adoptive owner breached the contract she signed when she gave the dog to her brother. The contract says that when adoptions fail, the animal must be returned to the humane society.

Trevor belongs to the society, not the city, said Steers. And the society isn't prepared to give up on him without a fight.

Whitehorse allows owners to keep dogs designated as dangerous if they are properly contained and muzzled. The status may be removed if the dog's behaviour remains good.

Sinclair and Steers say experienced dog owners with proper facilities are lined up to take Trevor home.

They question the conditions in his adopted home, and point out that, until he bit someone, Trevor seems to have been a good dog.

Even when he was chained, hungry and hurt, he presented no problem to the officer who rescued him from his original owner, they said. Shelter staff report he was friendly and calm during his time there.

At the pound, he's a favourite.

“We had a barbecue last week and we fed him hamburgers,” said Taylor, who's got two adopted dogs himself. “He's a good skookum [courageous] dog.”

Aug. 6 is probably Trevor's last chance. Steers said the humane society doesn't have the money for a protracted court battle.

Taylor said public safety has to come first.

“Because of the number of bites, we have concerns about that.”

So if every dog has his day, Trevor's will have to be in court.

“If we don't win this,” says Steers, “it's too bad, because (then) Trevor's gone.”







7/30/2009 10:58:34 PM
Amazing eh, a dog in the NWT has more legal rights than a father in Ontario.

This dog, gets to have his day in court, he is able to supply an answer and a defense.

Not so for thousands of Ontario Fathers who get their "pleadings struck" or declared "vexatious litigants" or have "orders for security for costs" , these orders effectively put fathers in jail, indefinitely without ANY right to seek 'a variation'.

Indefinite jail sentences are just one symptom, it fills ontario jails at a cost to the government in excess of $5,000 a month. Its a rare father who earns that much.

More disturbingly, children never get to see their father again.

Take Peter Roscoe for example, Justices Denis Power, Allan Sheffield simply ordered "security for costs" and when his ex wife decided not to let him have access with his son, he has been unable for years to bring any motion to seek to have a court order for access enforced.

Ontario citizens have NO CLUE about the judicial appointment process. The reality is, that lawyers who show the most readiness to flagrantly abuse their judicial power against men, are made judges.

JUDGES who show the most bias, the most palpable hatred towards men are appointed to the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Judges in the Ontario Court of Appeal have a competition, its very will known, the judges who demonstrate the greatest bias, the worst , the most draconian decisions against men, get to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

According to the thousands of hours of research by Peter Roscoe, Justice Katrine Feldman currently holds the record for the most anti-father decisions in the court of appeal, that is, she intentionally obstructs justice, with the goal of being recognized for her "work" with an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada has a Supreme Court of Canada that is the ulitmate reward for the promotion of hatred towards men In the world.