Opinion

EDITORIAL: Will RDN act before someone dies in Hilliers?

This was so predictable. And another animal is dead.

About five months ago, some dogs allegedly slaughtered five sheep in Hilliers.

This was after other livestock and pets were killed, again allegedly, by these same dogs.

The woman who owned the sheep and some other animals that were slaughtered by blood-thirsty canines said at the time these dogs would never stop.

Once they get the taste of blood, you see. . .

Well, it happened again earlier this month. A llama is now dead. And two dogs were destroyed by the Regional District of Nanaimo after the owner voluntarily gave them up in the face of evidence they did the dirty deed. Their buddies, also two doberman/pit bull crosses, are alive and well and still with their owner in Hilliers.

We have to wait until these two kill some livestock, or a child, before the regional district acts. And there has to be irrefutable evidence before any such action can take place, apparently. It doesn't matter if neighbours ID pictures of the dogs and their unique markings.

My goodness, call in the CSI crew, because common sense does not apply when we're talking about killer dogs. People have been sent to jail for life with less evidence.

Now, we've got nothing against dogs. Quite like them, in fact. We do not like killer dogs.

The regional district is so worried about being sued by a dog owner it figures it needs the DNA from a certain dog's drool out of a dead animal's neck before it will act.

Since they are so worried about lawsuits, has the regional district thought about the penalty it would have to pay the family of a dead child?

It's possible the remaining two dogs will never escape from their enclosure again, if indeed they ever did. These two might be, ahem, docile doberman/pit bulls that were never part of any livestock slaughtering in the past year.

Does the regional district really want to take that chance?

And spare us the go-nowhere debate defending and comparing certain breeds and how it's all about owners and not the dogs. That bigger-picture debate is not what's important right now. It's all about the safety of humans and animals in the Hilliers area. And the regional district is currently jeopardizing that safety by its inaction.

— Editorial by John Harding

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