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,
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.