Rambo to face Munchie's fate?

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    Today marks Rambo's first day in court, but what chance does Rambo stand when earlier this week Toronto put down Munchie, a dog whom resembled a chocolate lab was put down, for biting a man who has criminal charges against him for breaking in to the owners house which have not yet been processed in court.

    Meanwhile, Rambo's owners, whose ignorance is no excuse for not being aware that a pit bull ban was in effect when she bought Rambo ( who was sold to her as a Bull dog mix) was never told Rambo could be SENT OUT OF PROVINCE and thus be spared a trial, the oppurtunity is now gone.

    The people vs. Rambo


    By: The Mississauga News

    February 29, 2008 09:15 AM -
    Every dog has his day — in court, that is.

    And today is the first day in court for Rambo, who stands accused of being a pit bull.

    More accurately, it's the first day in court for Rambo's owner Gabriela Nowakowska, who will appear at the provincial courthouse at 950 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W. this afternoon to defend a charge of owning a prohibited animal.

    There will be no trial today. Rather, some preliminary issues will be dealt with and the matter will likely be put over to a future date.

    Rambo's case has received widespread publicity, in part because animal welfare activists have seized on it is an example of how the law prohibiting dogs that even look like pit bulls can hurt innocent victims.

    Rambo has been held by Mississauga Animal Control since he escaped from Nowakowska's back yard through an open fence gate on Christmas Day.

    His 20-year-old owner says she was not aware of any restrictions against dogs when she bought Rambo at a flea market. If the dog is deemed by the court to be a pit bull, he will be put down because it is now illegal in Ontario to own that breed of dog.

    Those who owned pit bulls before the law came into place must keep them muzzled in public.

    Some animal welfare activists plan to stage a small demonstration outside the courtroom this afternoon. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
     
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    http://www.mississauganews.com/article/11714

    Rambo to get doggie bail?

    By: John Stewart

    February 29, 2008 04:53 PM - A dog on death row should be released into the care of his owner until the courts decide his fate, a Mississauga lawyer said today.

    "We'd like to see this dealt with in a reasonable fashion," said lawyer Anik Morrow, who is representing Gabriela Nowakowska and her dog, Rambo.

    Nowakowska, who is charged with owning an illegal animal, made a brief court appearance this afternoon. The matter was put over until March 14.

    "This dog has not done anything wrong. He has not bitten anyone. This law is under appeal and he should be released until we know what the law is," Morrow said.

    Rambo is considered to be an illegal dog because he looks like a pit bull, the lawyer said.

    Parts of the Dog Owners' Liability Act that banned new pit bulls in Ontario after 2005 have been struck down by the courts. The remainder of the law remains under appeal.

    A small band of supporters, some of whom travelled from as far away as Kingston and Barrie, carried signs outside the courtroom supporting Nowakowska. Her dog was seized by Mississauga Animal Control officials after he escaped on Christmas Day from her backyard.

    Inside the courtroom, the lawyer asked Justice of the Peace D.A. Huston for a hearing as soon as possible to rule on Rambo being released on doggie bail.

    Morrow believes the City has the jurisdiction to release the dog until a trial can be held. Huston put the case over two weeks to allow prosecutors to review the request.

    Outside the courthouse, Morrow said reasonable conditions for Rambo's release could include keeping the dog inside Nowakowska's home, except when he must go outside for brief periods to go to the bathroom. Then it would be leashed and muzzled. Rambo would not be left alone at any time.

    "I just want Rambo back," Nowakowska said. "It's sad I don't have him with me. No one keeps me company. It's sad that I can't even see him."

    Ward 6 Councillor Carolyn Parrish, who attended the hearing, sees no reason why the dog should not be released in Nowakowska's care.

    She strongly disagrees with the law that says any animal that looks like a pit bull must be euthanized.

    "It's like saying somebody looks like a criminal, therefore, they are a criminal," said Parrish, who has visited Rambo at the Animal Control shelter. "I steadfastly believe he is not a pit bull. He looks more like a bull dog."

    "Nothing should be killed because it looks like something else," said protester Fran Sullivan of Toronto, who founded one of several Facebook groups dedicated to saving Rambo. "It's canine profiling with a death sentence as a result."

    jstewart@mississauga.net
     

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