Trevor saga ends happily

Trevor the dog will live, a Whitehorse court decided Tuesday. The celebrity canine can be adopted once conditions for his release can be determined, said Justice Ron Veale.

Trevor the dog will live, a Whitehorse court decided Tuesday.

The celebrity canine can be adopted once conditions for his release can be determined, said Justice Ron Veale.

Trevor bit two people this summer, but was saved from euthanization by a court injunction.

Court proceedings to determine whether Trevor could be rehabilitated have dragged on through the fall.

On Tuesday, a BC veterinarian, who had previously provided a behavioral assessment for Trevor, clarified whether he could be rehabilitated.

Trevor cannot be completely rehabilitated, said veterinarian Shelley Breadner, but no one knows for certain because he was severely mistreated as a pup.

Trevor could probably live without endangering people in a secure and caring home, she said.

“She gave a very compassionate stand for Trevor,” said Rachel Westfall, a volunteer board director at the Mae Bachur animal shelter, where Trevor is currently housed.

“He’s had a rough life,” she said.

Trevor was found with an undersized collar that had become ingrown earlier this year.

Trevor lived briefly at Mae Bachur before being adopted.

He then reportedly bit several people before being handed to the city.

But because Trevor’s new owners didn’t stick to the rules of the adoption contract, Kevin Sinclair, a Whitehorse resident, successfully got a court order saving him from euthanization.

Trevor made national headlines after animal rights activists in Whitehorse depicted him as a dog on death row.

Now, Breadner must be called again to court so she can recommend the conditions of Trevor’s new home.

It will likely include a muzzle and keeping distance from children, but no one knows for sure, said Westfall.

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