Shelter trying to retrieve Trevor

The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter is "baffled" by reports that a dog became aggressive within weeks of being adopted.

The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter is “baffled” by reports that a dog became aggressive within weeks of being adopted.

Now the shelter is seeking release of the dog, which is scheduled to be euthanized next Wednesday by Whitehorse bylaw services.

“Never did he indicate, even when he was in pain, any signs of aggression,” said Steers.

“He was an excitable dog, full of joy, and for him to go from that state to attacking somebody and biting them, what happened to him?” she said.

Matthew Allaby, who calls himself the dog’s owner, claimed Trevor bit two friends and his landlord—prompting him to turn the dog over to bylaw services to be destroyed.

It’s the second time Trevor has been in bylaw’s possession.

Officers seized Trevor from a McIntyre Village home last summer.

Tied up and neglected in the backyard, a chain had been allowed to grow into the dog’s neck.

After the chain was removed through surgery, Trevor was left to recuperate at the shelter.

Allaby claimed shelter employees had withheld Trevor’s troubled past from him when the dog was adopted.

“If I had known that, I would have known that there’s going to be problems with the dog and he’s probably going to be violent because of it,” said Allaby.

But according to shelter records, Matthew isn’t the animal’s owner.

The dog was officially adopted by his sister Tamara.

“She was considered a suitable owner and, if we had seen (Matthew), we might not have thought the same thing; I can’t tell you that because I don’t know him,” said Steers.

“And I don’t think anyone in the shelter has met him either.”

“According to the adoption agreement Tamara Allaby signed, she was required to return Trevor to the shelter if she could not keep him, and she should not have given Trevor away to her brother,” said an official humane society release.

Both the shelter and the bylaw officers who seized Trevor have noted the dog’s flawless behaviour record.

“Having a collar imbedded into the dog’s neck does not cause a dog to become aggressive, and the shelter’s experience with Trevor showed him to be well behaved,” said a release.

“On the rare occasion that a dog does display aggressive behaviour towards anyone at the shelter, that dog is not made available for adoption to the general public until they have successfully completed an appropriate course of training and evaluation, it added.

Bylaw has rejected all offers from the shelter to take Trevor back into care.

“(They said), ‘No way are we giving the dog back because of the liability issues,’” said Steers.

“I don’t know what to say or what we can do,” she said.

However, if Tamara Allaby, the dog’s official owner, stepped up with a “plan of action,” bylaw would free the dog, said Steers.

“He should have been returned there when his adoptive owner was not willing to keep him,” said the shelter.

Contact Tristin Hopper at

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25 after two masked men entered a residence, assaulted a man inside with a weapon and departed. (Black Press file)
Two men arrested after Dawson City home invasion

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25.… Continue reading

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
New access to information laws will take effect April 1

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability.”

City council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. At Whitehorse city council’s March 1 meeting, members were presented with a bylaw that would repeal 10 bylaws deemed to be redundant or out of date. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Out with the old

Council considers repealing outdated bylaws

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. According to Environment Canada, the Yukon has experienced record-breaking precipitation this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon will have “delayed spring” after heavy winter snowfall

After record levels of precipitation, cold spring will delay melt

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted online. (Black Press file)
Yukon youth being extorted online

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted on… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

Most Read