This post is purely and simply for my own ghoulish enjoyment. And because I'm mentioned in the subject's comment, that gives me allowance to comment back. This lady is the same "lady" who earlier this year felt she had made a huge coup, but city lawyer Mary Ellen Donovan got Trish (who's last name at the time was Malkoff, but has now mysteriously changed to "Hoste") to admit "Everybody who's been working really really hard to support this case has been completely wasting their time" - now THAT'S what an ADMISSION! haha! I don't know who was red faced, but to me - that's NOT the city of Halifax!
Certainly we are in serious times here and this subject shouldn't be taken flippantly. Brindi could very certainly die at this point. But who's fault is it? Is it mine? Is it the city of Halifax? Is it Trish Malkoff's? Is it Mary Ellen Donovan's? Is it Mayor Peter Kelly's? Is it every citizen of the HRM that doesn't speak up? Who's is it? Is it Brindi herself that put her in her current predicament? When you read Trish's missive below - you'll think it's a lot of different people's - but you certainly would never think that it's Brindi's owner - Francesca Rogier.
I am not sure what Trish Hoste thought she'd accomplish by writing her comment at the "Standing with Brindi" blog - but I don't think it's going to have any kind of positive effect on Brindi's case - and it certainly won't have ANY effect on the actual case. She should have learned that the first time around. Continuing to denigrate this area of the world though - all the way from the other side of the world - is HUGELY counter-productive in the area of good-will.
I think that before you read any further - you should follow this link and go to another blog if you haven't been there already, and read a couple posts from the website "Standing with Brindi" - specifically the posts called "The Incident" and the post "Owner to Ask Judge: Can Brindi be Freed pending Upcoming Trial" - in the post called "The Incident" - the author goes into pretty intricate detail about what happened on the day of the alleged attack - naming the names of the owners of the beagle mix who reported the incident that has caused this whole melee. It says in particular -
"The injuries suggest they were caused by a dog gripping another dog with its paws. Contrary to newspaper reports, there were no puncture wounds on the dog’s neck, nor any obvious teethmarks to prove without a doubt that Brindi was not wearing her muzzle. The Simms live several blocks north of the Pettipas. Their statements say that as a rule, they do not walk their dog further south to pass the Rogier home. However, they were in the habit of closely “eyeing” the Rogier home."
Interesting. It also details where Mr. Simm's works - I don't why naming Mr. Simm's employer has anything to do with the dog attack. Do you? That whole blog is an interesting read - especially since in at least one spot on the blog it says "There is little to report on this recent situation involving Brindi as neither side nor the city is talking" - and by neither side I'm assuming one of those sides is Francesca Rogier herself - so where are they getting their information from?
But I digress - on to the Trish Hoste portion of the entertainment, and that's what this is, and nothing else - because this has nothing to do with the "Brindi story" - because once again - NONE OF US has anything to do with the outcome of this case. The only ones involved are: Francesca Rogier, the dog who was attacked and their owner, the investigating Animal Control Officer, the Crown Attorney, and the JUDGE. And THAT'S IT. Sorry all you animal advocates from around the world. You are shut out again. That's jurisprudence at its best. Or worst. I don't know.
But on to Trishie.
Trish Hoste says:
October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm
TO ALL ANIMAL LOVERS, INCLUDING THOSE FEW ‘HONORABLE’ BUT SILENT SUPPORTERS LEFT INSIDE HRM:
(With a special note to HRM Councilor, David Hendsbee, at the close)
Re: “BRINDI SEIZED AGAIN” and “STANDING WITH BRINDI”
It is absolutely beyond the comprehension of any decent, honest, fair-minded, just, law-abiding, merciful, respectable and respectful person of good conscience, that an entire city authority can be so single-minded in its quest to destroy one woman and her dog.
It is now glaringly obvious for all to see that it’s not a woman scorned that hell hath no fury like, but rather the ‘dishonorable’ officials in The City of Halifax (HRM), Nova Scotia, Canada. They conduct themselves with flagrant disregard for their sworn duty to uphold human and animal rights, and justice for all within the community, and for the voters who elected and entrusted them with that very task.
Instead of respecting and abiding by the legal decisions handed down by the Supreme and Provincial Courts, who denied HRM’s attempts to euthanase Ms Rogier’s dog Brindi, their resentment at losing and their vindictive obsession to annihilate these two souls knows no bounds. And of course they needed no second excuse for the opportunity to try once again to finish what they’ve determined to do all along: kill Brindi and bring Ms Rogier to her knees, for daring to stand up to them. I don't think that Animal Services were at Ms. Rogier's house when she was taking the groceries out of her car and left her window down in her car so that Brindi could jump out and go and run up to another dog who had the very bad luck to be walking along a public road that his owner's relatives also have the bad luck to live on - so that Brindi could have an altercation with on a very unlucky day in July. Do you think they were there that day?
Once again they have forcibly seized and incarcerated Brindi after just two short months of freedom, following 2 years of hell on ‘death row’, after Animal Services had seized and held her illegally for most of that time! Once again they have brought the same misdemeanor charges against Ms Rogier for which she has already been tried, found guilty and paid a fine. The moment the Judge freed Brindi, albeit under stringent conditions, the vigilantes and the knives were out, no matter what! And actually - Brindi wasn't seized immmediately - they waited a couple weeks while they completed their investigation - which surprised the hell out local dog people - we all figured they'd seize her immediately - we actually thought that Brindi was going to be seized earlier in the summer when we saw other shit happening!
No doubt the twisted, hate-fuelled ‘DOG-KISSER’ & ‘DOG-LOVER’, lusting after Brindi’s blood, and driven by their passion to run Ms Rogier out of their province; What the hoo-ha? I avoid this topic like the plague - but you are giving me SUCH good stuff here - how can I NOT write something! This is just pure FUN! I love you Trish Hoste - don't stop writing this shit! I LOVE YOU!!!! .. And /or one or other spite-filled author of the poison-pen letters and comments posted in the press and on the above websites, before and after Brindi was released; .. And/or the o-so-pious, butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth Catholic neighbor, who patently has no concept of the dictates and teachings of Christianity or her Church; So now people aren't allowed to be Catholic anymore - what the hoo-haa is going on over there in South Africa - I know Nelson Mandela isn't dead yet - it can't be THAT bad over there yet, can it? .. And/or some pathetic cowardly idiot who has no compassion, or understanding of the nature of dogs, and can’t wait to run crying to big brother; .. One or all of them, somewhere along the line, have had a hand in filing these ‘conflicting’ reports of a dog incident occurring at or near Rogier’s home.
Tragically, neither Brindi nor Ms Rogier ever stood a chance against them, or the might of HRM, however hard she tried to comply with the court’s ruling. Especially when Ms. Rogier is posting videos to her own Facebook group of Brindi trotting around in a public place without her muzzle on, eating cake - and Mr. Bobby Riley going on another Facebook group (CTV News) trotting off about how there was a little white dog at that function who didn't have any problems at all with Brindi being there! So we have a video of Brindi with no muzzle, and an old man saying there was another dog there - and it's less than a month after Brindi's free. Now THAT'S a smart thing to do, wouldn't you say?
I realize I must sound just as prejudiced in favor of Brindi and Ms Rogier as do their enemies who seek to destroy them, and who I firmly believe deserve to be named and shamed, for their disgraceful roles in this affair, but questions now beg to be asked: Doesn’t anyone at HRM see the miscarriage of justice that is taking place here, or that the law is most definitely not blind when it comes to Brindi and Ms Rogier?
Is there no man or woman left in HRM who will stand up and speak out against this deliberate persecution? Persection for what? For condemning her own dog to death for continuing to put her in jeopardy for not keeping her safe? Is there no-one with the courage of their convictions who is prepared to expose the glaring prejudices with regard to the application of the A300′s by-law in this particular case, when HRM’s own records show no seizures in the vast majority of dog-related cases, even when attacks on humans are involved?
And last but not least, what about these A300 by-laws, the ones which, by the city’s own admission, are flawed and in need of revision, or the fact that the Supreme Court has taken issue with and quashed various clauses? Is long-due reform on hold until Brindi and Ms Rogier can safely be disposed of? Yes they are on hold until Brindi's case is well good and gone.
I refer readers to the website, “STANDING WITH BRINDI”, http://standingwithbrindi.wordpress.com/ from which I have found some of this information and borrowed some comments. From there, and I quote: “It seems that not all Nova Scotians approve of HRM Animal Services or the law it enforces. Petitions calling the treatment of Rogier and her dog unfair have reportedly begun circulating around the province this week.” (We all need to find and sign those petitions!) I have seen or heard of none, I MUST be running in the wrong circles.
In fact, there is also an excerpt on the above site, from an interview with HRM Councilor, David Hendsbee and Don Connolly on CBS.. “HRM Councilor David Hendsby from his CBC interview with Don Connolly in regards to this recent incident:
“abundance of speculation” “who was the victim?” “will there be a fair process or is [Brindi] guilty right [off] again”… and I would add one more: “a rush to judgment.”
TRISH HOSTE: “I’M STANDING WITH BRINDI.. ARE YOU?”
To the Honorable Councilor, David Hendsbee,
I recall that two years back, when this nightmare for Brindi and Ms Rogier began, you were one of the few voices, if not the only one, who spoke out responsibly, the truth, with integrity, intelligence, reason and respect for the position you hold and those you serve.
It is a great shame that unlike the days of Henry VIII et al, a man of decency and honor like you can’t dissolve HRM and demand the heads of those who have betrayed their office and the public, beginning with The Mayor and the Head of the Legal Department. The whole world knows who they all are!
Let’s hope and pray that the voters speak with their crosses on the ballot papers, come next election and that true men and women of sanity prevail. Otherwise Nova Scotia may well find itself with a local government modeled after our political system in South Africa, where the liberators, the ANC, are fast becoming the oppressors. Little by little, our government shows less and less regard for our constitution, or the basic human rights, including freedom of information and the press, and more importantly the sanctity of an independent judiciary, which it enshrines.
I was sent an email a couple weeks ago that someone actually RECEIVED FROM David Hendsbee about how he now feels about the Brindi case - and I'll paste it below for your enjoyment - he seems to have made a flip flop about the story. Very interesting - enjoy.
Thank you for your e-mail.
At first I wanted Francesca Rogier to win her case because I believe there are some flaws in our bylaw about Responsible Pet Owners. The lengthy court processing proven one point of how fruitless it can be for the municipality to deal with simple pet issues such as animal control. I would prefer a simpler Appeals Committee of Council instead of the courts.
Besides this dog has never bit a person and dogs will be dogs. It is just show dominance about its property. Never has a dog been mauled and chewed apart either. I am concerned that we, the municipality should consider a No-Kill policy except where the animal has been deemed extremely dangerous where it has bitten people or participated in organized dog-fights.
Both animal and owners can be trained.
But now with the latest situation, I believe Ms. Rogier has lose her right to keep the dog. She is in violation of the HRM Bylaw again but also in contradiction of a Provincial Court Order. The muzzle order was an imperative condition of her pet's parole. BUT Her chance for redemption has now been lost.
This has been a very frustrating situation where the community has been polarized. Even neighbours have expressed diverse opinions about Brindi. I think the dog should be given to someone else now. Perhaps on a large farm property preferably out of the municipality.
My patience likes yours has worn thin on this matter.
Thank you again for your comments.
Best Regards > DAH
And lastly - and perhaps BESTLY - is a video that is making the rounds of Facebook today - it's a video from a Judge down in the States and she's talking about a case where a dog owner's dog has attacked another dog at the property line - and what she thinks about the owner's defence - that the person walking their dog on the public road shouldn't have been walking there because they knew that the dog who attacked was aggressive - so they should have been walking somewhere else. It's CLASSIC. BEAUTIFUL.
Have a fabulous Friday!