Intervention to Stop Euthanization
Surrey, BC - Three pit bulls seized after eight vicious attacks in the region have been given a reprieve from death after animal lover Lauren Phillips hired an attorney to prevent their execution until an assessment can be done considering alternatives. The owner of the dogs, Hal Harris, was charged with 24 bylaw offences in connection with three maulings in Surrey.
The fourth dog seized has already been euthanized.
The attacks spread into multiple cities and over a period of months. The pit bulls' first violent strike occurred last August in Surrey. Seven more attacks followed before Harris was finally caught. Two of the attacks injured a jogger and a cyclist and the rest targeted other dogs, killing two: Judy Evans' poodle Tasha and David Voss' American Eskimo dog, Sofi.
Provincial court Judge John Lenaghan put the case over until Sept. 17, during which time the SPCA and the dog loving group will try to agree on an independent animal assessor to determine whether the pit bulls can be rehabilitated. The three dogs were described as two puppies and an adult dog that has apparently delivered puppies while it has been in the pound.
Noted: It was reported that the City of Surrey (Surrey SPCA) had wanted to put the remaining three dogs down saying they posed a danger to the public.
07/31/08: Coverage of Pit Bull Attacks and SPCA Issues in Surrey, BC