Could Newfoundland dog’s fate finally be determined Tuesday?

On Tuesday, a Courtenay judge is expected to decide the fate of a Newfoundland dog that he deemed dangerous more than a month ago.

On Tuesday, a Courtenay judge is expected to decide the fate of a Newfoundland dog that he deemed dangerous more than a month ago.

More than a year after they were seized, provincial court Judge R. Sutton noted in January the two dogs in the centre of an application to destroy them should be separated.

Sutton also proposed the female Chum — which he ruled to be dangerous —  be sent back to her breeder in Saskatchewan.

Because he did not formally issue a destruction order for Chum, he placed a 30-day stay of determination for options in order for both parties — dog owner Jacques Manseau and the Comox Valley Regional District — to come to another agreement that would have to meet the court’s approval.

Leigh Carter, general manager, public affairs & information systems for the CVRD, said Friday the two sides were not able to come to an agreement, and the decision now rests in the hands of the judge.

“We had received and accepted a proposal from Melissa Buck (third-party rehoming option in Nanaimo), but she refused to sign the consent order so that could not move forward,” she explained.

“It is most unfortunate, and it’s taking far longer than it should have because of delays by the dogs owner and by Melissa in determining whether or not she would sign the consent order, but hopefully it will come to a good resolution on Tuesday.”

Carter added the CVRD has a rehoming option that it will put forward Tuesday.

The CVRD brought forth an application to destroy Chum and fellow Newfoundland Champ in January 2012 following a complaint of a vicious dog attack in Black Creek.

The dogs were taken by the CVRD on Jan. 26, 2012, and were being held at the Comox Valley SPCA following their seizure. Champ has been residing with Comox residents John and Emma White during a temporary release, while Chum is being held at the Comox Valley SPCA.

An unconfirmed report indicates Chum became seriously ill Thursday, was attended by a veterinarian and was placed on an IV.

Sutton said the case was unusual and difficult because there were no witnesses who saw the incident, which involved a neighbouring Jack Russell terrier.

Just Posted

Comox Valley golfers prepare for another 55+ Games

Competition, camaraderie name of the game

Comox Valley firefighters assist with wildfire effort

Four Courtenay firefighters are in Fort St. James helping with the fight… Continue reading

Woman rescued from Stotan Falls calling for safety measures

3L Developments did not comment on immediate plans to add safety precautions

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

More than 22,000 blood donors needed

Canadian Blood Services is urging Canadians to help meet patients’ needs this… Continue reading

Kim XO is Black Press Media’s fashionista

Starting Sept. 7, stylist Kim XO will host Fashion Fridays on the Life channel on Black Press Meida

Minister optimistic after 2 days of Columbia River Treaty negotiations

Canadian and U.S. officials met in Nelson Wednesday and Thursday to discuss future of the treaty

Man dies in B.C. police cell while awaiting court hearing

An independent investigation is underway after a man died while in Penticton police custody Aug. 16

RCMP appeal for tips, dashcam footage in German tourist shooting west of Calgary

The Durango crashed into the ditch after the shooting near the Goodstoney Rodeo Centre

2 nurses attacked at B.C. psych hospital, union calls for in-unit security

PHSA says that in-unit guards would do more harm than good

Former B.C. optician won’t be jailed for sexually assaulting minor

Kenneth Pilkington sentenced to 24 months’ probation for offence three decades ago

Red Cross now accepting donations for those impacted by B.C. wildfires

The Canadian Red Cross is asking for help now and in the weeks and months ahead.

B.C. program to educate parents reduces ‘shaken baby syndrome’ by 35%

Period of PURPLE Crying was launched nearly a decade ago

UPDATED: Vancouver Island community under evacuation alert due to wildfire

BC Wildfire Service says steep terrain near Zeballos poses challenge as “out of control” wildfire approaches homes

Most Read