Distraught Owner Says Pitbull Euthanized ‘Without Due Process’

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Christos Papakostas said goodbye to his dog just before she was taken away to be euthanized. photo© CBC
A Canadian dog owner says his pet was unfairly sentenced to death in a clear-cut case of discrimination.

Christos Papakostas bid a painful farewell to his pitbull Wicca outside a Montreal courtroom on Monday. The dog was subsequently seized and taken away to be euthanized.

The city of Montreal said that Wicca bit a woman in June, and then nipped an ambulance technician who had been called to the scene to treat her. Attorney Elaine Rosenberg won a stay of execution for Wicca while trying to appeal her death sentence, and says there is no evidence of merit in the case.

“All I saw was a photo of the victim, the first victim, and yes, she had been scratched, but to say that she was bitten was a stretch,” said Rosenberg. “There was no written testimony from her surrounding any of the facts of the case.”

Papakostas said Wicca simply jumped on the two alleged victims because she was excited. “She got spooked. Yes. She bit? We don’t know. The lady never went to the hospital. She never got stitches. She only got Polysporin on her,” said Papakostas.

Rosenberg maintains that sentencing animals without evidence is a slippery slope that should frighten all dog owners. The city, on the other hand, said it was satisfied with the ruling.

A petition to save Wicca has been signed by thousands of concerned dog owners angered by the ruling, and according to a new update from the Save Wicca Facebook page, the animal shelter she was sent to is refusing to euthanize her. They say the Berger Blanc shelter claims that she’s a good dog and doesn’t deserve to be killed, so they will not carry out court orders to put her down.

UPDATE (7/26/12):   Ignoring thousands of requests to spare her life, the city of Montreal has killed Wicca. The following message was posted to the Save Wicca page tonight:

R.I.P. my little girl. Please forgive me, WE know it’s not your fault for getting scared. I want you to forgive me for this cruel way you had to leave me , I really thought we would grow old together. I tried the best I could to keep you happy and healthy i even got a king size just for you to have more room to sleep with me, it’s been very lonely without you here.

I’m gonna miss waking up at your bad smelling breath. You saved my life and I thank you for that, you ware the best friend i ever had, you always looked out for me, but now look out for me from up there, trust me it’s safer for you then this cruel would we live in.

BTW go find my grandfather and keep him some company i’m sure you’ll love him too just as much you loved all of US, we will miss having you licking our feet, faces, hands, I’ll miss cleaning up after you when you drink, poop, when you would go thru the garbage.

At least we had a good times together, it’s hard when I see your crate and your not on your pillow or next to me… I Promise you little girl I will never forget you I cant i’m here cause of you, every breath i take i think of you, you ware MY TRUE LOVE , i loved you more then anything.

I promise you we will change this stupid law that killed you. we’ll make it the WICCA/LENNOX LAW. (the 11th of july 2012 was the judgement for wicca and lennox’s death ) just cause of their breed.. WE WILL MISS YOU WICCA my little girl (skilitsa mou) :”(

123 thoughts on “Distraught Owner Says Pitbull Euthanized ‘Without Due Process’”

  1. What to expect from a nation that kills seals in the most ruthless, only for use in the fashion market … Disgusting! I hope the woman, the technician in the ambulance and the judge have a miserable life!!

    • Patricia, I hope they will be surrounded by pittbulls, lots of them, to see how sensitive they are (like any other dog) and not a war “machine”. I’m from Quebec (city). Had I know that before, I would have gone right to he “hearing” and explain (even if the dod’s fate was already decided), and talk about all those dogs with misjudge. (years ago, everyone was talking against German Sheperds, remember ??)

    • Patricia,

      This issue in Montreal is wrong but do not compare the seal hunt to this, nor imply, as you have done, that we Canadians are all ruthless killers. You are ill-informed and naive, just to mention a couple of things. You have no idea on the seal hunt and what is means. I can say all your kind are ignorant JD swilling gun toting hillbillies.

      • As far as killing baby seals go, not much to say. You are all savages and should stay in that part of the country. Keep your so calledtraditions and ideals to yourselfs. If youre hung up on that take away your electricity, your running water and dont forget federal transfer payments etc. If you want to live as your forefathers did i have no problem with that but all or nothing. Stop hiding behind so called tradition, aboriginal rights etc etc etc in the name of money, thats all it is. I think most canadians are sick of hearing your kind whine. You are nothing but savage, barbaric animals who should probably take the place of that pitbull. End of.

      • idea or not, whatever it means for some canadians it is still ruthless mass killing of seals. it maybe a ritual or some tradition but its already outdated and very barbaric.

    • As a Canadian, I’m appalled by your comment, Patricia. Do some research before slandering an entire country. The seals are not killed for their pelts – but thanks for making your entire judgement based on emotional mass media (PETA?). This is about a dog… about mans best friend and about a totally unjust ruling. Get off your soapbox.

    • This is what Canada does…kills animals as inhumanely as they can…they are a sick, twisted nation…almost as bad as the IRA and Ireland…they kill dogs too for no reason.

    • Take a closer look at the subject at hand…its about a dogs life. The seal hunt is not the issue here. All nations governments give the Natives of the land certain rights we may not agree with. North American Natives have the right to kill animals with PELTS….and the method is no more humane.
      This issue here is the killing of an animal with from what I can read, UNPROVEN CHARGES.

      • The US is getting just as out of hand.. A Man was just arrested and sentenced to jail for 30 days for collecting rain water, Not to mention everything going on in CA with the mercenary cops indefinitely detaining citizens. The US Citizens need to call their troops home to help take back their country.

    • Canada, the a**hole of the world…..this is a nation that thrives on cruelty, and now they are punishing the rest of the world with that little B***H Justin Beiber, close the borders, and let the Cannucks kill each other off, sorry pieces of sub human garbage!!!!!!.

  2. they are just getting out of hand on these animals and putting them down,, do they want to end up being looked at like the belfast people lennox case?this is wrong.. so wrong,, karma will come back on all of the ones who are doing this,, it always does,,

  3. people who would do this without any compassion for the animal and the owner should burn in hell, i hate people like this and wish them all a life full of misery,shame on all of them,to the worthless women who claims she got bit,go to hell and the same to the court who did this shameless act.

  4. Ahh pelo aor de Deussss esses mostros n tem mais que fazer , obicho é inocente, pura, mal são esses mostros que querem matar os indefesos …. não façam isso , esse apelo chegou ao Brasil , por favor não sacrifiquem o bichinho !!

  5. The dog was, no doubt, frighened. Laws should focus more on the sick, depraved humans out there. Let the dog live. There isn’t any strong evidence to put this dog to sleep. Continue to fight.


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