Whitehorse seeks end of Trevor saga

Justice Ron Veale faces three choices in deciding the fate of Trevor the dog. Whitehorse, exasperated by $45,000 in legal fees and 15 months of court hearings, wants Veale to order Trevor euthanized.

Justice Ron Veale faces three choices in deciding the fate of Trevor the dog.

Whitehorse, exasperated by $45,000 in legal fees and 15 months of court hearings, wants Veale to order Trevor euthanized.

The humane society, asserting Trevor’s behaviour has stabilized, wants the dog to remain at the Mae Bachur animal shelter until another owner is found.

Or, should Veale side with the society, the city suggested any breach of Trevor’s conditions at the shelter would result in an immediate euthanization.

That’s how the protracted “doggie on death row” saga played out in Supreme Court on Tuesday.

It was supposed to be the humane society’s second – and last – chance to present a new owner for Trevor.

A plan to send him to Burwash Landing collapsed when the Kluane First Nation barred him from the community.

The court heard about that in October, but Veale gave the society another shot at finding an owner.

An Ibex Valley resident was interested, but neighbours opposed the proposal.

The city is getting tired of the ongoing battle.

There’s been “mounting frustration,” said Lori Lavoie, the city’s lawyer.

Trevor can’t stay with the shelter and be adopted one day because the city doesn’t want to be back in court again, she said.

He should be turned over to the pound right away, she argued.

But Trevor has calmed down at the shelter, said Carrie Burbidge, the humane society’s lawyer.

He’s at home there and gets along with people.

The society is prepared to have Trevor declared a dangerous dog under the city’s animal bylaws if he can stay at the shelter.

Currently, Trevor has only been declared a dangerous dog by the court.

It’s not the usual process, but Trevor is dangerous, clarified Veale.

If the society’s proposal is chosen, the city would have to be notified of an adoption.

The city could dictate some of the terms of that adoption, said Burbidge.

Lavoie then countered with an alternative proposal, should Veale swing that way.

If Trevor ever breached the conditions of his stay at the shelter or in a new home, the normal legal process should not apply, said Lavoie.

There should be no window for the owner to challenge a charge under the city’s bylaws.

He should be immediately impounded and euthanized, she said.

Veale reserved his decision.

Contact James Munson at

jamesm@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Silver rules out HST, layoffs and royalty changes

Yukon’s financial advisory panel has released its final report

City of Whitehorse budgets $30M for infrastructure over four years

‘I think we’re concentrating on the most important things’

Yukon community liaison for MMIWG inquiry fired

Melissa Carlick, the Whitehorse-based community liaison officer for the national Missing and… Continue reading

Yukon man holds no grudge after being attacked by bison

‘The poor guy was only trying to fend off someone who he knew was trying to kill him’

Straight and true: the story of the Yukon colours

Michael Gates | History Hunter Last week, I participated in the 150th… Continue reading

Get ready to tumble: Whitehorse’s Polarettes to flip out at fundraiser

‘There’s a mandatory five-minute break at the end, just so people don’t fall over’

Alaska’s governor goes to China

There are very different rules for resource projects depending on which side of the border you’re on

Yukon survey shows broad support for legal pot

But there’s no consensus on retail and distribution models

Yukon government releases survey on the territory’s liquor laws

Changes could include allowing sale of booze in grocery stores

Get family consent before moving patients to other hospitals: NDP critic

‘Where is the respect and where is the dignity?’

Bill C-17 passes third reading in House of Commons

The bill, which will repeal controversial amendments made to YESAA by Bill S-6, will now go to Senate

White Pass and Yukon Route musical chugs on without director

The cast and crew of Stonecliff are pushing forward without Conrad Boyce, who went on medical leave

Most Read