Trevor should not be abandoned again

Trevor should not be abandoned again Trevor the dog is now on death row at the Whitehorse bylaw services. It's not the first time Trevor has been in the pound. He was confiscated last winter by bylaw services when he was neglected by his original "owner

Trevor the dog is now on death row at the Whitehorse bylaw services.

It’s not the first time Trevor has been in the pound. He was confiscated last winter by bylaw services when he was neglected by his original “owner.”

First, I commend bylaw officers for originally rescuing Trevor and for turning him over to the humane society shelter. All indications showed him to be a gentle, friendly dog.

But now he’s back in the pound, and it looks like he’s going to be one of their death statistics for this year.

After all, they reported killing 24 dogs in 2008. And for what reasons? Were they all “aggressive?”

Reading recent articles in the papers, I saw that Matthew Allaby claimed that Trevor was his dog.

He also claimed not to know Trevor’s history.

But the humane society blog indicates Matthew Allaby was not the new owner of Trevor. He had no right to abandon Trevor at the city pound to be killed. Why didn’t he return Trevor to the shelter?

Tamara Allaby (Matthew’s sister) adopted Trevor, according to the humane society’s records.

She has breached her contract with the shelter, to care for Trevor properly, or to take him back to the shelter. Why has she not come forward? Why is bylaw (to my knowledge, at this point) ignoring this fact?

How could Matthew Allaby, or anyone else who wanted a dog destroyed, just drop the dog off at bylaw to be killed at taxpayers’ expense?

The humane society is obligated to follow the rules of their contract and reclaim Trevor from bylaw services. It appears to me he was abandoned by his adoptive owner, and he should be back in the shelter’s care.

Let’s not betray him again.

The humane society blog indicates they are trying to get Trevor back.

I hope bylaw services will acknowledge the contract set forth for all animals adopted out by the shelter, and will release Trevor to them.

Has there been any follow-up on Trevor’s living conditions at Tamara Allaby’s home? (Or Matthew’s; did he take Trevor right away?) If so, what conditions was Trevor living in? If they haven’t checked on it, why not?

How much effort does the humane society put into follow-up on the animals they adopt or foster out?

I appreciate the good intentions of the shelter for the animals in their care, except, if the animals end up in an abusive or neglectful situation the end result is not in the best interests of the animals.

After all, humane means kind.

Placing an animal in a worse situation than the one he or she came from is not humane, and is therefore not kind.

Trevor has been neglected and abandoned. He deserves better than being killed in a cage.

A lot of time and care was put into Trevor in order to give him a second chance in life. Let’s please give him that chance, and not let him down again.

Mike Grieco

Whitehorse