I know there are a lot of problems that need solving out there in the animal world but I recently came across a story that I feel we can actually make a difference in now. It’s a saga that has been going on for 9 months now and I wish I’d known about it sooner. Of course, I don’t think anyone would have ever expected it to go on this long in the first place. I’m talking about a case in Halifax, Nova Scotia where a dog named Brindi has been imprisoned by local animal control indefinitely. Brindi is a beautiful, 5 year old, mixed breed dog who was rescued from a shelter and led a wonderful life with her new mom until a few minor transgressions abruptly ended it all. Brindi had, as all dogs do, a few run-ins with other dogs, one that ended in a minor wound to the other dog. It occurred along her own property line where she is obviously going to be more territorial. Every dog does this! The second time it happened, animal control ordered that she be muzzled whenever outside. This is just ludicrous! However, when a third incident occured and she wasn’t wearing a muzzle, she was confiscated and scheduled to be euthanized! The euthenasia order was stopped by the Supreme Court but she still has not been released. What’s worse, her adoptive mom, Ms. Rogier, has only been allowed to see Brindi once – in 9 months of incarceration! Is that not just sickening? On top of it all, it appears that Brindi may have cancer. If it’s true then she more than deserves to go home and be at peace with her family during what may be her last days. This entire debacle is just so hard to wrap a logical mind around! It cannot be allowed to continue! This sweet little girl deserves another chance! Ms. Rogier has already installed fences around her property and volunteered to pay all costs. There is absolutely no reason that this should not be resolved now! Dogs will be dogs and Brindi, by all accounts, is a wonderful one!
UPDATE! 5/5/09 –
Brindi went in for her surgery this morning. The vet found and removed 4 cysts and sent the largest off to be tested. Let us all hope and pray that they come back benign! Due to more underhanded actions by the local SPCA, Ms. Rogier again missed an opportunity to see Brindi and must now try to go through them to have a visit with her pup – only the SECOND in NINE MONTHS! I really hope that together we can finally get this resolved! Keep up the good work, everyone!
For more information, please visit the numerous links below.
The official Free Brindi page can be found here.
There are several petitions that you can sign to show your support for this cause (and disappointment in how animal control has handled this situation):
You can find letters of support for Brindi here.
You can join the cause on Facebook here.
You can purchase items from here and have the proceeds go towards helping to free Brindi.
Finally, you can view a touching video about the situation and showing dogs from all over the world asking for Brindi to be freed. I warn you, it had me in tears within seconds. It is so well put together! If you’d like, you can post your own pictures below and we’ll see if we can get them to someone who can use them to help support the cause.
Spunky wants Brindi free as much as everyone!
Edit: Want to post a picture for Free Brindi of your own furry friends? Go to FlickR, Photobucket, or any other online image host and upload your photo there. Then post the link to that photo here in our comments and we’ll round the pictures up and post them. Just copy and paste the URL from the address bar of the photo and we’ll do the rest. Thanks for all your support! I’m sure Brindi and Francesca appreciate it.
These Pups Say Save Brindi!
“Petey, a rescue, has heartworms. He needs his (new) momma more than ever right now, just as Brindi needs to be home with her momma, too. We hope and pray that Brindi gets to come home soon!” From Petey and Kay Byrd.