Even after a win in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Brindi’s legal troubles aren’t over.
Francesca Rogier, who fought in court for the life of her dog Brindi, was served a summons with three charges on it. It happened on Monday, three days after the court ruled that animal-control officers don’t have the right to sign euthanasia orders in non-emergencies.
The charges -- dog running at large, dog attacking another dog, and failing to comply with a muzzle order -- were issued just under the wire, since the city had six months from the incident to issue a summons. Brindi is accused of breaking free and attacking a guide dog in July.
“Once they knew the ruling was in, the first thing they did was get summons issued up for me because they knew if they waited another day they’d never be able to do it again,” Rogier said.
Deborah Story, spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Municipality, said they were waiting for the court case to wrap up before issuing any charges.
“We still consider the animal is dangerous based on its past behaviour,” she said.
Brindi’s fate is still somewhat up in the air. But if she is to be put down, it’s likely a Provincial Court judge will have to sign the order.
“These charges will be dealt with and what happens after that, I’m not sure,” Story said.
Rogier got to visit with Brindi last weekend for the first time in months. She said her dog looked overweight and has picked up a few bad habits.
The court date for the charges is Feb. 3. Rogier said she’s speaking with her lawyer about what they’re going to do.