The Kluane First Nation has refused to let Trevor the dog live within its traditional territory.
The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter was hoping to send the troubled pooch to a home near Burwash Landing after a year of legal wrangling with the city of Whitehorse over his fate.
But the Burwash Landing deal, reached in the summer, required the approval of the First Nation.
The shelter is blaming the refusal on a letter sent by the city of Whitehorse to Kluane.
It stated Trevor is a dangerous dog who has a life-long condition, said Rachel Westfall, a board member with the shelter.
“It didn’t mention that Trevor would be going through a professional rehabilitation program and that there are safety restrictions in place,” she said.
“It’s unfortunate because they only had a piece of the picture and it was the scary piece.”
The revelation was made during a scheduled court appearance Tuesday.
An Ibex Valley resident has offered to house Trevor, the shelter told the court.
Len McGinnis’ offer came without prompting, said Westfall.
“We’re basically investigating if this could work,” she said.
This time the deal depends on the Ibex Valley advisory council.
A letter send to the council is currently being tweaked, said Westfall.
“I just saw a copy of it just now,” she said. “I asked that it be edited to include that Trevor will be going through a rehabilitation program.”
The next court date is November 2.
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