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- City hires pitbull lawyer
The City of Brampton has hired a Toronto lawyer to help defend the seizure of two dogs last month.
Barnet Kussner of the firm Weirfoulds is on the case for the city, and that has one of the canines' owners feeling like the underdog.
"Personally, I feel like it's David versus Goliath," said Rui Branco, whose family owns Brittany, one of two dogs held by the city since Jan. 13. Weirfoulds specializes in advisory work for municipal and other governments in all areas including contracts, land use planning and development.
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Brittany and Rambo, two dogs that haven't bothered anyone, languish in the Brampton Animal Shelter, awaiting judicial proceedings for the capital crime of being labeled "pit bulls" in Ontario.
The two were born in separate litters of the same parents. The dam is a purebred boxer. The sire was classified at one time as a pit bull, though the only veterinarian who has seen him says that he is an American bulldog/Boxer cross. The city, whose animal control seized the dogs in separate actions January 13, contends the original classification of the sire is enough to mark his offspring for destruction.
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- Protesters barking mad
The bone-chilling cold on Saturday morning wasn't enough to keep about 100 animal lovers away from a closed-up Brampton Animal Services in protest of the seizures of the two dogs Brittany and Rambo.
The dogs were seized Jan. 13 by animal control officers who assumed - wrongly, the families say - that the pair of pooches are pit bulls. They say their dogs are 25% American bulldog and 75% boxer.