Dog Owners Want "Mistreated" German Shepherd Transferred to Better Facility
Dog owners in Terrace and Kitimat rallied outside the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine offices on Friday.. for a German Shepherd named Caine.
The dog has been accused of attacking 3 children.. and while the owner fights the allegations in court.. the canine is being kept at the Thornhill Animal Shelter, where many say he's being mistreated.
Now, there's an outcry from the public to move him to a better facility.
Supporters says.. Caine hasn't been treated well at the Thornhill shelter, citing a lack of excercise and social experiences.
Cathryn Kozak, Animal Caretaker at the Kitimat Humane Society wants the dog transfered to their facility.
"They're limited to what they can do with this dog, where as in Kitimat we have a little bit more broader range of things we can do."
The Germen Shephard is being kept at the Thornhill shelter, while owner Paul MacNeil deals with an incident that got the dog in trouble with the law in April.
The one-and-a-half year old Cain has been accused of attacking 3 children, where a three-year-old suffered a serious bite.
MacNeil is attempting to fight the accusations in court.. saying Caine is not a dangerous dog.
Supporters, like Terrace resident Sue Turnbull, says they're not here to judge whether Caine is guilty or not.
"At least the dog deserves to be put somewhere where he's going to be treated humanely. And walked, socialized, visited by an owner. That's what the important thing is. Then his fate will be decided by the courts."
MacNeil, with a few supporters by his side, handed in an official letter to elected officials at the RDKS Board Meeting, requesting the dog be transfered to the Kitimat Humane Society while the court proceedings take place.
A recent message by MacNeil on his facebook page states that he was nervous speaking in front of the board... but it looks like they're considering moving Caine to Kitimat until his trial date.