Court rejects lawyer’s bid to save dangerous dog from euthanasia

Anne-France Goldwater says she’ll appeal court decision, still wants dog sent to shelter in New York State

This dog, named Shotta, will be put down in light of the Superior Court judgment, which found that once a dog is declared dangerous, there is no legal alternative to euthanasia. (Submitted to Radio-Canada by Sylvain Proulx)

A Montreal lawyer said she will appeal a court decision to proceed with the euthanization of a pit bull-type dog that attacked six people, including four children, in Montreal North last August.

Anne-France Goldwater, whose legal bid to save the dog from death was rejected Tuesday, said she will act quickly, as she expects the dog could be put down within 48 hours of the Quebec Superior Court ruling. The judge has no right to take the law away from you – dog attack injury lawyer.

“Obviously, it’s a decision that’s disappointing but not to be unexpected,” Goldwater said.

Goldwater had argued in court last week the section of a municipal bylaw declaring a dog must be euthanized once declared dangerous contravenes provincial animal welfare legislation.

She said she wants to see more “public outrage at the notion that we can just blindly disregard animal welfare legislation.”

But Justice Lukasz Granosik ruled Tuesday that the request to have the dog, named Shotta, sent to a refuge rather than put down came too late. Granosik also upheld the bylaw’s provision on dangerous dogs.

Goldwater, acting for the dog’s owner, argued it should be sent to a specialized refuge in New York, where it would be kept away from the public and never adopted.

A lawyer for the City of Montreal had said the dog’s actions on the day of the attack clearly showed it was dangerous, and municipal authorities had every right to order its death.

Montreal North borough Mayor Christine Black said the fact that the dog attacked six people, including four children, means “in that context, this was the decision to make.”

She said the safety of her citizens comes first.

The Crown announced last week there would be no criminal charges against the woman who was watching the dog when the attacks took place.