Target: Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Richmond, British Columbia
Goal: Do not euthanize two dogs after minor nipping incident
The city of Richmond, British Columbia has put in an application to euthanize two eight-year-old rottweiler dogs involved in a minor nipping incident. Both of the pets are set to be killed after harmlessly biting a construction worker across the street from their home.
In October of 2013, the two dogs, Axle and Paris, escaped from their backyard. After they wandered across the street, one of the dogs nipped at a construction worker’s leg, not drawing blood, but leaving a small bruise. The City of Richmond then seized the dogs and submitted an application to euthanize them both, when just the larger, Axle, bit the worker.
In the past, Richmond has worked with dog owners to avoid euthanasia, focusing instead on rehabilitation and behavioral training. Not even the construction worker thinks the dogs should be killed, stating that his small injury healed quickly and without any scars.
Prior to the incident, the pair of dogs had never escaped the yard, much less bitten a stranger. The owners, who realize the gravity of the situation, have erected a six foot fence around their property and vowed to immediately euthanize the dogs should a similar occurrence transpire.
Owners Prabjot and Raj Nijjer have not seen the dogs since the incident, denied due to a city ordinance preventing visitation of seized dogs who are deemed to be dangerous. Despite their efforts to prevent similar situations in the future, the city will hold the dogs until April, when a judge will decide whether or not to destroy them.
The nipping incident was isolated, and resulted in only a small bruise. The pet owners are responsible, and have taken every possible measure to ensure non-recurrence. Ask that the application for euthanasia be revoked by the city, and that Richmond officials return the dogs to their owners.
Dear Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Richmond, British Columbia,
The City of Richmond has recently filed an application for the euthanasia of two dogs involved in a minor nipping incident. Axle and Paris, two eight-year-old rottweilers, escaped from their owners’ yard in October. They wandered across the street, where the larger of the dogs nipped a worker’s leg at a construction site.
Though there was no blood drawn or even a tear in the fabric of the victim’s jeans, city officials labeled the incident “major” and seized both of the dogs. An application was made for them both to be euthanized, despite only one dog being involved in nipping. Before this, the dogs had never escaped or displayed aggressive behavior.
The owners have built a six foot fence to prevent similar occurrences in the future, and have vowed to immediately surrender the pets to euthanasia should it happen again. I ask that the city revoke its request to euthanize the dogs, and return them to their homes. Rehabilitation, which Richmond has often worked hard for, would be a more suitable solution for the situation.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Owners Prabjot and Raj Nijjer