Too Many Ifs, Too Few Actions
Surrey, BC - Police and SPCA officials are investigating a horrific dog attack that left a Bishon Frise broken and battered. The dog's owners, Wayne and Judy Evans, say they want the owner held accountable. BC SPCA’s Lorie Chortyk is advising caution, noting neither the three pit bulls nor their owner have been located.
This cautionary advisement is a change of tune from Chortyk.
Last year, after an adopted pit bull attacked it's owner, Chortyk recklessly said that the attack "shouldn't dissuade people from adopting or fostering pit bulls." She went on to whitewash the incident by adding that the attack was merely a "pack mentality" attack, even though the police officer only shot and killed the pit bull. The other "attacking" dogs were left untouched.
Unfortunately, she wasn’t fast enough. The pit bull got to her dog and two more pit bulls rushed in afterward. Evans said that the man did try to call off the dogs, and got physically into the fray, but to no avail. As usual, the pit bull owner did not wait around to see if everyone was okay. Evans’ fingers were bitten in the attack; she was knocked over in the struggle too.
In more evidence that Surrey officials can't do their job too well, Chortyk said the SPCA is working with the RCMP to locate the dogs and owner. She said a license plate noted at the scene has been traced to a man whose pit bulls were reportedly involved in an attack in Victoria; the same plate was also linked to a less-serious incident in Surrey back in April.
Chortyk said the SPCA has been trying unsuccessfully to locate the man since April. She added that the RCMP has advised them not to approach the man, but to contact police once he is found. It is the SPCA’s role to take dogs involved in such incidents into custody. It is up to the city to decide if euthanization is in the community’s best interest, or if restrictions such as muzzling is needed.
The SPCA is looking into whether recommending a criminal-negligence charge is appropriate in the recent incident. They must first locate the man and dogs, prove they were involved and prove the owner knew his dogs posed a danger. "If we can prove...he had previous knowledge his dogs were dangerous and did nothing, there actually can be criminal charges laid," Chortyk said.
Fat chance Chortyk, officials can't even find the man. If the man is found there will be no way to prove the dogs stuffed into his car are the same dogs that attacked multiple times. Arcane dog laws work in the interest of pit bull owners, not in the interest of public safety. Pit bull owners consistently abuse these laws and endlessly draw on taxpayer's money in the process.
Does everyone understand the logic of a pit bull ban?
Most bans allow for immediate seizure of the dog if it is unregistered or has attacked. Officials do not have to prove "if" this or "if" that or "if" this and that -- nonsense laws. This pit bull owner is a perfect example of why Surrey needs a pit bull ban. His dogs are a perfect example why the genetic trait of animal-aggression in pit bulls is absolutely unacceptable.
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