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Finding Trevor a home proving to be difficult

Finding a suitable home for Trevor the dog is proving to be a difficult task for the people at the Humane Society Yukon,

By Justine Davidson on November 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Finding a suitable home for Trevor the dog is proving to be a difficult task for the people at the Humane Society Yukon, president Gerry Steers said after a session in Yukon Supreme Court chambers this morning.

The society’s star resident, a one-year-old shepherd-Rottweiler cross, is still living in the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter’s only seclusion room waiting for the right foster owner to come along.

“We need that room for other animals,” Steers said today.

But a court order states Trevor must remain in the seclusion room until he can be moved out of the shelter and into a home which meets all the criteria laid out by the court.

The dog became the darling of local animal rights activists after it was reported he was going to be put down at the city pound.

Trevor had been adopted out from the shelter, but was taken to the pound after he bit someone and lunged at several others. The city deemed Trevor a dangerous dog and planned to euthanize him.

But a court action launched by local animal lover Kevin Sinclair, then taken over by the humane society, halted his execution.

Now the dog is essentially a lifetime probationer who cannot live outside the City of Whitehorse limits and whose care and training are strictly dictated.

A detailed, month-by-month training plan created especially for Trevor by a dog behaviour it goes so far as to include the type of yard enclosure Trevor’s owner will need to have.

The city has also requested that the humane society send letters announcing Trevor’s arrival to his new owner’s four nearest neighbours.

Humane society lawyer Carrie Burbidge argued it isn’t necessary to involve the neighbours.

But Supreme Court Justice Ron Veale agreed that the neighbours should be notified, “otherwise it would be a big surprise and we could be back in court,” he said.

Burbidge also said she is concerned the city will be “overly intrusive” in checking up on Trevor’s new home.

City bylaw manager John Taylor told the court his officers “are not going to be skulking around” Trevor’s new home and instead will rely on neighbours to call if there are problems.

“I won’t restrict the city in any way,” Veale said in response to Burbidge’s comments.

He also noted for the record that if the dog is returned to the pound, the city can choose to euthanize him.

“In that event, the city can take its own action,” he said. “We’re not going through this again.”

Whoever fosters the dog must also know all the details of the various court orders made since the case first came before a judge last July, the judge said.

After the hearing, Steers said the society is still looking for an owner.

Finding someone who fits all the court’s criteria, which include living inside city limits, is difficult, she said.

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Happy Paws

Nov 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

With all the restrictions put on his ownership, no wonder they are having trouble finding anyone.  The best place for Trevor is in the country but even that isn’t allowed . . .

Thomas Brewer

Nov 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm

A suitable home would be one where the inhabitants all wear hockey equipment around the clock.

Captain Obvious

Nov 16, 2009 at 5:01 pm

In other news, the sky is blue, water wet, and people don’t like getting bit.


Nov 16, 2009 at 5:45 pm

If Kevin Sinclair is such an animal lover how can he let Trevor sit in seclusion day after day?  Typical.  People get involved…pat themselves on the back for “helping” and then walk away and leave everyone else to deal with it. 

Feel good about yourself now that Trevor is alone in a cell everyday?  You started this so why don’t you finish it and take the dog in yourself?


Nov 16, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Notice none of those loud mouthed animal rights activists volunteered to take the dog. Its time to put the mutt back on death row. With his bad attitude he would probably be happier to get away from people anyway. And unless these animal rights activists are willing to adopt Trevor, than they should just close their pie holes.


Nov 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm

I have met Trevor when he was out walking with a volunteer.  All I can say is WOW he was such a well behaved dog and he attracked a lot of pets and loving that day.  I even put my face near his nose and gave him a quick peck to let him know I am on his side.
I would take Trevor but the bylaws say your allowed on 2 dogs and I already have that many.
Anyone that meets Trevor will find out he is a very loving dog and all he wants is to loved back.
Anyone think maybe someone hurt Trevor to make him bite aand lounge at people.  Dogs have only teeth for defense where we have hands and feet to kick slap and kick back….......Think about this before you say bad things about Trevor.

bernadette richardson

Nov 16, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I find it hard to believe this is still going on with this poor animal Trevor…He doesn’t have quality of life and from the time he was abused his life was domed… If Kevin Sinclair started all this he should be the one to take Trevor and be responseable.. I notice now that since Trevor isn’t in the spot light there are very few animal lovers screaming for his life.. If they really knew the word humane they would have done what was right from the beginning and put him to sleep… Why has everyone forgot that it is a DOG.If people were treated as good and had as many chances as him how much better life would be for humans… I love dogs and it’s broken my heart to have to put them down when they were sick.  I knew what their quality of life should be and I just don’t get what people are doing to Trevor… I guess anyone that is getting paid to keep him alive wouldn’t want to see their income interrupted… Please do the fair thing and either get the person who started all this crap to take and look after him or put him down. 
Please sign me BR


Nov 17, 2009 at 6:48 am

How long do we need to keep this story up? Get over it. So what? Alot of people
never mind their pets, dont have a place
to call home. I myself included.

Kailey Irwin

Nov 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

I agree with Happy Paws. Trevor needs to be in the country where he can get lots of exercise to tire him out and lower his agression. For a dog deemed dangerous to the City, why not let him live outside of the city?

I feel that with all the publicity someone will come forward. If I had a fenced yard and Trevor were able to get along with another dog I would take him in a heart beat! He just needs compassion, understanding and an educated owner.

Captain Obvious, yeah people don’t like getting bit, but it’s people who made him that way so in all honesty I think we should euthanize the person who turned him into a monster.


Nov 17, 2009 at 11:09 am

Shipping dangerous dogs out to the “the country” is only going to provide even more reason for people to feel justified in firing off their guns every time they spot a stray dog.

Please consider livestock and wildlife as well as promoting good neighbor relations with dog owners in our rural sub-divisions before attempting to pass on the problem.

francias pillman

Nov 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm

All those people who wrote 1000 word responses about this dog. Where are you now? Big experts who had an answer for everything? ALL TALK…....

Dog Lover

Nov 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I knew this was going to happen. The dog is on “Death Row”...even though other dogs in the city are put to sleep all the time and no one cries MURDER over those dogs…yet this expensive dog that our wasted tax dollars went too…than all of a sudden everyone that fought for him seems to have disappeared when it comes time to put words into action. I’m a dog lover too and have one myself but even I have enough common sense to tell when it’s a complete waste of time (and money)...and the fact this is still making news headlines? Give me a break. Kevin Sinclair…you started this…wasting our taxpayer money…finish what you started!! Where the hell are all the other Trevor advocates now that he needs a home? Put your money where your mouth is people…and don’t come up with the lame excuses either as there will be lots of those. You wanted to save him…So take him and be responsible for him now and be ready for a lawsuit the next time he bites someone and they decide not to hush it up in order to save his life.

happy camper

Nov 17, 2009 at 6:45 pm

How about this idea, lets have Cindy take Trevor the loving dog to the enchanted forest where he can live out his life in perfect harmony with all the other misguided creatures of the Yukon. 

Or how about this, no one with a brain would take this dog because when he bites the next unluckey sole the lawsuit will be astronomical.  Sorry folks but this nonsense has gone on far too long.  Let Kevin Sinclair fix what he started and he can find this dog a home..maybe Mike Grecco’s

susie rogan

Nov 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I took in the last ‘Trevor’ from the Mae Bacher.  He was due to be put down on the Wednesday coming up because he bit three people and beat up Jiggles, another dog at the shelter.  His name is Joey.  Joey has been here for going on 4 years now and has never bitten anyone, has had a great life and gets along well with his many dog brothers and sisters.  He was a fear biter and hated men.

I took him from the Mae Bacher right out of town to a 160 acre property where he could get a ton of exercise and could do limited damage.  If anyone was going to get bitten, it would be me or my friends who knew his history.  He was not a trustworthy dog around people for at least 2 years, and I still do not trust him 100% with strangers.  But we have had great luck and experiences with Joey out here and he is a sweet dog full of affection.

Why Trevor is being kept in town is a bit of a mystery to me.  I understand that the judge said he did not want to export Whitehorse’s problem, but really, can’t that order be ammended to include the surrounding area?  Trevor needs an out of town acreage like Joey got, that’s what I believe.

Kevin S

Nov 18, 2009 at 9:09 am

More news from the peanut gallery I see who could not give a damn about Trevor but now pose on some moral high ground.
Glad I’m not your dog as you kick him across the room. I have three pets from the shelter. How many do you clowns have?

Kailey Irwin

Nov 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

Hey Footprints, I’m not saying ship him out to be a problem, you’re missing the point. I feel that people living outside of the city limits in rural areas may have better accomidations for Trevor. He needs a large fenced yard to blow off some engergy. He’s a big dog he needs space. I still feel it would be necessary to notify neighbors of his new residence for their safety and well being, but you can’t confine a big dog to a small area, it’s just going to make him feel trapped which will provoke agression.

Captain Obvious

Nov 18, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Kailey Irwin:

I agree wholeheartedly- the person should be paying for this whole ordeal. I think the HS should sue him for costs.

But to argue that dangerous animals should not be put down is simply stupid. Dangerous humans should be too, in my humble opinion.

Kevin S

Nov 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm

I’m not sure this will even be worth it because some of you people are so daft. By choice perhaps or inherited. I never forced the city to spend twenty thousand dollars and hiring lawyers, they did. And since you people have no clue on what was entailed here your opinion is an ass. They could have released the dog to the rightful owner as was proven in court and slapped dangerous dog restrictions on him like they do any other dog. After-all the fact of the matter is he bit one person. Its not my fault city officials are bullies with deep pockets that wanted to save face instead of doing the right thing.
Its not my fault that the press especially the CBC painted this dog as a 4 legged Hannibal Lector and you brainless Monday morning quarterbacks bought it hook line a sinker. And you are still trying to sell BS even after the facts say otherwise. Educate yourselves at the very least. And btw just because someone advocates to save a terribly abused animal to live does not obligate that person to keep it. Thats the trouble with this open season mentality some cling on to. Death is seen as something that improves the quality of life.

Here’s an idea for this group of hysterical paranoids. Ask the medical profession to get a vaccine made for Trevor

Rachel Westfall

Nov 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm

This headline is a bit misleading. The Humane Society has not had permission to foster Trevor until this Monday, at the last court hearing, when this news story was written. We are only now beginning to advertise for a foster home for Trevor.

Trevor has been getting the care, training and attention he needs over the past few months, thanks to the volunteers who have spent countless hours working with him (especially Mike Grieco, as well as other volunteer dog-walkers, Erika Rozsa and her fellow trainers).

Also, heartfelt thanks to everyone who considers opening their heart and home to Trevor to help him get through his rehabilitation plan! Trevor’s a sweet boy, very smart and loving, and he’s worth it.


Nov 18, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Ok, those of you who “saved” Trevor - why not take him in??! I’m flabbergasted to hear there is no one willing to take him after all this “we have people lined up to take Trevor” crap.

Cindy - have you thought of checking with bylaw and your neighbours to see if you can be exempted from the 2-dog rule?  Perhaps it can just be a temporary thing.  Or are you just brushing it off because it’s easier that way? Kailey-who-wishes-she-had-a-fenced-in-yard - do you live in town? Why not get a fenced in yard then, wherever you are? Kevin, three pets eh? What’s one more? I hear he’s friendly…

Make it happen people - TREVOR IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY NOW!!!!

And Kevin - in the last 8 yrs I’ve gotten 5 dogs from the shelter.  And I only rarely “kick them across the room” as they currently shove ME off the couch… but thanks for asking!!


Nov 19, 2009 at 12:53 am

Thanks for the reply Kailey. The reason I missed your point is because the comments aren’t posted by The Star until late afternoon. Pure coincidence.

An acre or two is all that should be needed (about half the size of a football field) and it probably wouldn’t be realistic to build a fortified fence to prevent escape (both over and under) around a larger area. There are many such properties within city limits. It goes without saying Trevor would have a better chance if his permitted geographical area were broadened, but many in the rural areas have concerns that the court orders will not be followed as they won’t have the same degree of enforcement offered by the city. 

My comment was more directed to those that seem to think that simply sending dangerous dogs out of town solves the problem. Some people have gone as far as to suggest Whitehorse By-law is the problem, and a jurisdiction with lenient laws and enforcement is the solution.

I would just like people to be aware that where there is lax animal control there is also few restrictions regarding the discharge of firearms.

Rightfully or wrongfully, the cold hard facts are that there are property owners in the rural areas who have a low enough tolerance to their neighbors dogs as it is, without adding further fuel to the fire by routinely transplanting dangerous dogs to the rural areas as a matter of course.

Hang in there Kevin, I may not agree with everything you say and do, but I do appreciate the intrigue you and others bring to the table. A citizens right to challenge our governments through the courts should not be discouraged.

Besides, you’re the talk of the hen party here, so I like you already


Nov 19, 2009 at 8:00 am

Cindy, you’re comments make you look like a fool, as they are based on a few minutes of contact with this demented and damaged animal. Kissing Trevor when we know his killer instinct is so strong and developed is dangerous. People may well have made Trevor into the dog he is, but he still needs to be put down for the safety of all Whitehorse citizens. PS, your spelling is so bad it is difficult to figure out what you’re trying to say.

Dog Lover

Nov 19, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Hey Kevin..

You trying to bully everyone around again with your name calling? “Clowns”? First of all…grow up. You’re an adult so perhaps you should act like one instead of resorting to name calling and bullying. If you ask me…how many animals have I had, lots. 4 dogs in my life, 2 cats, a parrot, 3 other birds, a few hamsters, and a hedgehog. Second of all…you started this whole Trevor thing…wasting taxpayers money on one dog, so perhaps you should finish what you started. I have an idea too…Instead of looking at this one dog which cost us too much money…you should perhaps be looking at ideas for all the other dogs that have no issues and no homes to go home to that are tragically put down every year. Are you going to foot the bill that we as taxpayers have to pay now for your nonsense? Are you going to pay the costs for the humaine society? Are you going to take even an ounce of responsibility if Trevor does end up biting someone else? If you do try and answer these questions, I would like to hear what you would have to say, but I have to be honest and say that I’d be suprised and taken aback if you answered them without any name calling, accusations or bullying as every letter I ever read from you in the newspapers always has something like that coming from you. How about you just do us all a favour and either take that damn dog since you already have 3 or just pay the bill that you gave to all of us?

Kevin S

Nov 19, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Hey dog lover

You have got to be kidding me. Have you read the silly comments on this very blog?
After a time all this b.s. travelling around gets a bit much to take. Everybody has access to the court documents. Read them or at least get the facts correct before starting down this typical path. Even the Star writer labelled me an “animal lover” as if their is something wrong with that. Its bloody hilarious.
Have a look also at the bylaws the city tried to use until they found out they were in breach of them. Then have a look at the last bylaw the attempted to use which Judge Wong threw out and then ask yourself if your own dog is safe in his yard.


Nov 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Kevin, Their is a vaccine have you ever heard of lethal injection?

If people allowed Trevor to be put down right from the get go than he wouldn’t be labeled as ‘Hannibal Lector’. 

I hate the idea of everyone viewing Trevor as innocent he’s not, he’s violent and no amount of treatment will be able to fix him so can we put this dog down already and use the money on other animals at the Shelter that deserve it.


Nov 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Wow, so Kevin S shows his true colours.

An egomaniac who is now resorting to calling people names who have differing opinions than he does. 

That says a lot Kev, I can only imagine how you deal with your animals when they don’t conform to your unbendable hardline rule set.  Do you call them names?  Kick them across the floor?

The money pissed away on this case could have funded the shelter for years, and even though you claim no ownership in that you most certainly do.

This is a case where (as you paraphrased) ‘Death is seen as something that improves the quality of life’

This is a case where death does improve the quality of life because it is a public safety issue. Nobody, including you, can or will take that dog.  In fact YOU took funding away that would help feed and shelter future ‘Trevors’

You’re the—- my friend.

happy camper

Nov 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Kevin is like every other person with an agenda, they always seem to revert to petty name calling like a child when they do not get thier way. Like Dennis the Menace he has learned to be a bully when others disagree with him.  I guess the question is not whether he has adopted more dogs than anyone else, or whether the rest of us kick our dogs across the living room, it is really about ownership of the issue.  Kevin, you went to court to save Trevor.  You stood on your soapbox and took the accolades when you declared victory.  Now because of that you are not entitled to sit back and say that others should finish what YOU started.  Like a child, you failed to have a plan and now the dog pays, confined to a cell in a over booked kennel wearing a muzzle and being a prisoner of your war.  Suck it up princess, you started it, finish it and find the dog a home or fess up to your obvious error in judgement.

bobby bitman

Nov 19, 2009 at 9:09 pm

I’m on Kevin’s side!  He did not ‘waste the taxpayer’s money’.  He stood up for what he believed in and it went to court.  All are entitled to this in order to influence our society for the better.  For all you rude people, in your own language:  Deal with it morons!

Kailey Irwin

Nov 20, 2009 at 10:52 am


Nubmer one, I rent I don’t own. Yes I am in city limits. I rent a small room in a house and I share it with my fiance and my dog. I don’t own the yard and even if I did I couldn’t afford to build a fence. You should take things like that into consideration before you “attack” people you don’t even know.

I think you need to get a life and stop taking out of your &@*.

I think I speak for all the others you so blatantly accused of not taking action when I say you should educate yourself more before you fly off the handle.

Kailey Irwin

Nov 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

This is just a general note as everyone seems to be concerned about their tax dollars.

I am much happier with my tax dollars going to save a poor old dog rather than these stupid tory fliers etc… that the government puts out to slander the opposition.

just another opinion

Nov 20, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Theres been a lot of different opinions on “Trevor” the dog. But lets be honest. Nobody’s going to adopt a dog whos had a violent past and is known to bite people.Just do everyone a favor and put the dog out of its misery already!

dog lover

Nov 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm


I have to admit I am impressed on your response. I did expect name calling or some attitude or even bullying in your response. For the record, I did actually read the full report and yes I did read some of the silly comments from both sides of the fence. I’ve done my homework as I’m sure you’re done yours. I just want to say that although we agree to disagree and I’m sure it may stay that way, I have to give you kudos to at least having a mature response back. Just remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion no matter how much you disagree with it, and by responding in a mature manor people wouldn’t be so hard on you like some of the letters above.

Kevin S

Nov 20, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Hahaha lol. This is really quite comical now. Certain people on this blog are doing exactly what they have been accused of doing and then calling me a bully for pointing out the fact they are doing it. Captainobvious could not be a more fitting moniker for clown A. The irony of it is almost palatable. You people don’t know the facts of the matter or the history of this dog in any way shape or form so there is really no sense arguing with you here. As Abe Lincoln once said….....never argue with an idiot because they drag you down to their level and then beat you with their vast experience. Nothing speaks to the truth of that statement more then some on this blog. Btw to the writer of the story or should I say hack journalist from some hick college, you’re propensity throughout this ordeal to leave things out of your gossip column is second to none. With those skills, you should apply to the CBC. Trevor has only been available for adoption for 1 week. At any rate, alas I leave you now and will not make any further comment on this. It’s like discussing the laws of thermodynamics with a bunch of 10 year olds. Which reminds me, if any of you are parents, I am sure you direct any children you have to do their homework. Practice what you preach. Perhaps it will be your dog I save next.

And think about it. At the rate we are going your children’s children will probably be raising dogs for food. Well done. You get the pretzel logic award.


Nov 21, 2009 at 11:26 am

Right on dog lover!! You nailed it.

Kailey - would you rather your hard-earned tax dollars go towards ONE dog rather than numerous other dogs at the shelter?? How many dogs have been put down SINCE Trevor?!?

FYI I’m not “attacking” anyone, I’m merely pointing out that if you’re going to whine and complain about the situation and fully support Trevor, then get off your high horse and do something about it!  None of you who supported Trevor were in a situation where YOU could have taken him, so you just “assumed” that someone else would magically take care of the problem after you all “fought” for his poor soul because you’re such wonderful human beings. Well, as happy camper so astutely pointed out, once the accolades were gone, the fact remains that Trevor is STILL sitting in a cage with a muzzle.  Good job folks! I bet he’s thanking you every day…

Kevin S

Nov 21, 2009 at 12:06 pm

In case you people need more proof.

Well well well. So these city bullies go onto private property last night and take Trevor back to the pound because somebody who was walking him was seen trying to fix his muzzle. This is simply beyond reason or comprehension. There are simply no words. An absolute joke.


Nov 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Kailey: I would be happy to have my tax dollars save poor dogs, not Trevor though,

I think it’s time you look at the big picture and see Trevor for what he really is and that is a burden on society.

Sorry Trevor lovers looks like you may loose this battle

Joe Dust

Nov 23, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Kevin its amazing how you bend the truth with your latest comment. But still ask people to get the facts straight hahah. Now im asking you to get your facts straight.

Mr. C

Nov 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Kevin S…

Okay..Now you REALLY need to get your facts straight…First…like everyone else in here has told you…grow up man…It might be our dog you save next? Who’s on their high horse now oh mighty saviour? Second….the volunteer who took the muzzle off had it off and was not fixing it, he admitted he took it off show show Trevor off to some lady and she was petting him without the muzzle, which went against the Supreme Court court order, as you have told us we should all read. I think you’re mixing a little water with the wine here buddy….Now why don’t you write another article on here and try to call me names and bully me like you do everyone else on here cause I don’t agree with your opinion? Grow up man..


Nov 23, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Kevin I think you should not be the person putting down a journalists, that has been following this case from day 1 and giving it the media attention it frankly does not deserve.

If anything the supporters that are looking out for Trevor are their because of her writing these stories, if it wasn’t for her no one would even care about trevor.

As for your muzzle comment, please get your information straight before commenting about it he wasn’t on private property it was out in the public and it’s about time the city took him!

francias pillman

Nov 24, 2009 at 12:46 am

I said it once, ill say it again. The amount of reply s on this issue is seriously sicking. More people reply on this subject then the number of people who vote. That’s ok, because you people are our society, and keep proving why its broken and continues to get worse. This subject affects no one. Where are you people on genetically modified food? An issue that affects us all. Seriously give your heads a shake.

Voice of reason

Nov 24, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Oh Kevin, you have me in stitches:

‘trying to fix his muzzle’

That’s a good one.  Fentie needs a guy like you with the ability to alter reality with words.  Big bucks in consulting trying to bury the Atco and Peel scandals dontcha know.

Someone needs to go down to the shelter and take Trevor for a long walk off a non-existent pier.

Kailey Irwin

Nov 24, 2009 at 2:42 pm

Sarah, yes I would prefer to see my tax dollars go to help more than just one dog; however, the city has spent them this way and we’ll just have to accept it. Trevor is only a burden on society because everyone has made this a burden on themselves.

If we lose atleast we tried and stood up for something we believe in. Everyone else can judge all they want, that’s what they believe in so who am I to judge. Plus I know Carrie Burbidge, she’s a great lawyer and in knowing that I still have hope.

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