SAVE GAMBOA & ALL FUTURE SEIZED DOGS - STOP VAUGHAN ANIMAL SERVICE ABUSE OF POWER

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STOP THE INSANITY, HELP GET GAMBOA HOME, WHERE HE BELONGS! 

UPDATE: RINGO & KILO ARE NOW HOME - ONE MORE TO GO - GAMBOA...SHARE, SHARE, SHARE AND LETS GET GAMBOA HOME

UPDATE:  KILO IS NOW HOME & NO FEE'S WERE CHARGED!

***GAMBOA IS BEING RE-HOMED OUT OF PROVINCE ACCORDING TO A VAUGHAN ANIMAL SERVICES STATEMENT***

Vaughan Animal Services is targeting dogs based solely on their appearance and flawed DNA testing.  DNA testing on cross breed dogs is highly unreliable and shouldn't be used  to determine a dogs fate.   There is provision in the BSL that provides for the following  "The amendments provide that in a Part IX proceeding the onus of proving that the dog is not a pit bull will lie with the owner of the dog. In offence proceedings, the amendments provide that the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and that, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, a veterinarian's certificate attesting that a dog is a pit bull is evidence of that fact. Part IX proceedings and offence proceedings are heard before the Ontario Court of Justice."

Breed recognition is not among Vaughan Animal Services strong suits as they are targeting dogs that are clearly not Pitbull's, two dogs have now been released however we still have GAMBOA to now worry about.    

UPDATE ON KILO:  KILO IS HOME AND NO FEE'S WERE CHARGED. 

SUCCESS!! NOW HOME** Kilo is owned by the Monardo family and is a Boston Terrier/Bull Terrier mix, with no aggression issues and very obviously not a Pitbull.  It is our view that this situation is a COMPLETE AND TOTAL ABUSE OF POWER by Vaughan Animal Services, and that KILO should be released to his family immediately and without fee's attached to his release.   An owner should not be made responsible for fee's that Vaughan Animal Services created themselves, by their own actions in seizing a dog that is very clearly NOT a Pitbull.   

GAMBOA IS STILL BEING HELD *  VAUGHAN ANIMAL SERVICES  STATES THAT THEY HAVE RE-HOMED GAMBOA OUT OF THE PROVINCE.  WE BELIEVE GAMBOA IS STILL BEING HELD IN VAUGHAN.  

***WE HAVE A MEETING SET UP WITH AN MPP TO DISCUSS OPTIONS.  DOGS LOUNGE HAS OFFERED TO TAKE GAMBOA TO CORRECTLY ASSESS HIS TEMPERAMENT AND PROVIDE RE-TRAINING AND REHABILITATION FREE OF CHARGE.   WE DO NOT BELIEVE GAMBOA HAS ANY TEMPERAMENT ISSUES HOWEVER IF VAUGHAN WANTS ASSURANCES ABOUT HIS TEMPERAMENT, WE CAN CERTAINLY PROVIDE THAT. 

UPDATE ON GAMBOA:  VAUGHAN ANIMAL SERVICES PLANS TO MOVE GAMBOA OUT OF THE PROVINCE TO BE RE-HOMED

GAMBOA is a Labrador/American Bulldog X.  The family has now been informed that Gamboa will be re-homed out of the province.  Vaughan Animal services is claiming that DNA tests have confirmed that Gamboa has Pitbull DNA however this is disputed by a DNA test that was performed previously by Gamboa’s own Veterinarian.  Vaughan is unwilling to disclose the percentage of Pitbull DNA their test claims Gamboa has.   DNA testing in cross breed dogs is highly unreliable and should not be utilized to determine a dogs fate.  

Shelters are permitted to charge exorbitant boarding fees when they seize an animal.  Vaughan Animal Services needs to stop unjustifiably seizing dogs and tearing them away from their families in order to increase revenue.  NOTE:  KILO WAS RELEASED BACK TO HIS FAMILY WITH NO FEE'S LEVIED AGAINST THE FAMILY.  WE CONGRATULATE VAUGHAN ANIMAL SERVICES FOR MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION IN NOT CHARGING THE OWNERS FOR A MISTAKE THAT VAUGHAN IS CLEARLY RESPONSIBLE FOR.

This is the letter we initially sent to the Mayor of Vaughan on behalf of Ringo and Kilo who were unjustifiably being held by Vaughan Animal Services.  Ringo is now home, but we now have KILO and two others that also need to be released. 

October 29th, 2020


HON. MAURIZIO BEVILACQUA
maurizio.bevilacqua@vaughan.ca
905-832-2281 Ext. 8888


Dear Sir,
I am writing to you regarding 2 dogs that have now been seized by Vaughan Animal Services.
We are saddened and angered by the position that your Animal Services staff has taken with respect to these dogs.
I hold a B.Sc. Animal Sciences, Specializing in Canid Behaviour. We rescue and work specifically with power breeds who have bite histories, reactive and aggression issues and have worked in this field for the past 30 years. We are very well versed in the BSL, and the repeal that will hopefully pass in Legislature on the next reading.
One of the dogs concerned is RINGO, owned by Jessica Brandes. Ringo is a 12-year-old cross breed, who was adopted from the Toronto Humane Society 10 years ago, this dog has lived in the same house with the same family for the past 10 years. This dog has absolutely no aggression issues of any kind and is a geriatric dog. All dogs can be negatively affected by being in a shelter however, geriatric dogs can be severely traumatized by the shelter environment and it is our position that what Vaughan Animal services is doing, is cruel and inhumane. This particular dog is no threat to anyone! Is Animal Services stooping so low as to turn dogs with possible Pitbull DNA into “Cash Cows”? Boarding fee’s to be levied against the owner? Cost of DNA testing to be levied against the owner? Their motivation is unclear to myself and every other professional I have spoken with regarding this issue in Vaughan.
The second dog, KILO, owned by the Monardo family is a Boston Terrier/Bull Terrier mix, also with no aggression issues and very obviously not a Pitbull. So again, boarding and DNA testing fee’s will be levied against the owner of that dog as well?
Breed recognition is an extremely important aspect of dog rescue, perhaps a recommendation could be made that all staff members are educated in Breed Recognition?
If you would like to discuss the reality of aggressive dogs in Ontario, I would be more than happy to have a conversation with you about it.
Not a single breed is inherently aggressive or dangerous. Of course, bad breeding plays a role in the specific temperament of a particular dog, however in the vast majority of cases, humans have turned their own dogs into reactive, aggressive and confused dogs, and this applies to every single breed of dog.
The BSL does absolutely nothing to protect the people of Ontario from aggressive dogs – absolutely nothing.
What the BSL does do, is give policing powers to people working in Animal Control that have no education in breed recognition, assessing dog’s temperaments or canine behaviour and that is criminal in our view.
We cannot and should not paint every individual dog with the same brush! Each individual dog should be assessed by a professional, and no decision should be made as to the fate of an individual dog simply based on that dog’s breed. An aggressive Golden Retriever is as dangerous as an aggressive American Pitbull Terrier, an aggressive Siberian Husky is as dangerous as an aggressive Rottweiler, and an aggressive Saint Bernard is as dangerous as a Cane Corso or Presa Canario. My point being that, every single breed has the potential to be aggressive and/or dangerous. Neither of the dogs that have been seized have any history of aggression and further to that, neither is a Pitbull. I am aware that the BSL includes all Bully breed’s, however the targeted breed is the Pitbull.
It is my view that this situation is a complete and total abuse of power by Vaughan Animal Services and perhaps they should speak to reputable professionals within the industry to gain some perspective. Very few municipalities are enforcing the BSL and for good reason. There is no science to back up the legislation at all, none.
I have referred both families to an attorney who specializes in Animal Law, and we are prepared assist financially if required.
I am hopeful that both of these situations can be resolved before lawyers have to become involved, I’m confident that the taxpayers of Vaughan would rather see their tax dollars used in a more appropriate way. I for one would rather see our own funds put to much better use, for the dogs in our care.
This letter will be published in its entirety on our Dogs Lounge page, group, our S.T.O.P. Stop Trafficking of Pets ~ Information Exchange group, as well as every single Lost/Found Pet page and group in the province.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Sincerely,
Anna Walker
Dogs Lounge Canine Rescue, Rehabilitation & Training
B.Sc. Animal Sciences
Specialization: Canid Behaviour
Specialization: Behaviour Modification
Dogsloungecaninerescue@gmail.com
613-334-7341