Pit Bulls’ Fate Still In Limbo

Jenna Postma protests dog-fighting outside the Provincial Offences Courthouse in Chatham-Kent with her dog Clover. May 18, 2016. (Photo by Matt Weverink)

No decisions are being made Wednesday concerning the fate of several dogs seized during a dog-fighting investigation in Tilbury.

Three groups are applying to have the dogs transferred to a rescue organization called Dog Tales, north of Toronto. Those applications made it to a hearing at the provincial courthouse in Chatham-Kent today, but the judge quickly made it clear she wasn’t going to deal with the matter.

The applications have been put off for now and are expected to be dealt with at a judicial pre-trial on July 21.

Lawyer John Nunziata, who represents Dog Tales, is disappointed with how long the process is taking.

“This is the fourth court appearance on this matter,” says Nuniziata. “The dogs have been incarcerated for over seven months now and as I indicated in court, the health and welfare of the dogs are at issue here.”

The dogs were seized in October 2015 as part of a dog-fighting investigation in the Tilbury area.

Nunziata says the groups he represents have some concerns about the well-being of the dogs while they’re being cared for by the OSPCA.

“I’m thinking that they’re basically just being given the bare necessities of life,” says Nunziata. “They’re certainly not being socialized with human beings and other dogs.”