So I couldn’t get my request from the city to scan properly, so here is what I asked of their records department;
I am requesting all records of dog bites/attacks that were recorded in the city of Richmond from 2001-present (as it turns out I should have asked for 2001-2005 since 2005 was when they put the dangerous dog bylaw into play, My bad!)
I need to know the breeds of the dogs involved, ie; Pit bull, Lab, Collie, Retriever, poodle, etc., and the details of the attacks or bites. ( I also forgot to tell them excluding personal info of the residents involved ie; Name address, etc., again, My bad!)
If available I need to know if the dogs were euthanized or rehabilitated. thank you sincerely, blah blah blah.
Here was their response to me:
The first page is their attempt to appease me, does anyone remember my post about the struggle to obtain info from the SPCA? Well let me recap what the SPCA told me, they said and I quote ” We do not keep those records, breed information is unavailable.” well if you looked at the docs you will see that the city refers to the SPCA, saying from 2001-2003/4 the SPCA conducted the investigations, and that the SPCA administered the record keeping, so who is lying here? or are they in bed together over this issue? I smell a cover up! Keep in mind the SPCA was contracted by the city for many, many, years to handle these issues. However the words “Investigation” and “Record Keeping” makes one believe that there is in fact documents pertaining to and including not only the incidents, but breed as well. I mean come on! I didn’t just fall off the crap wagon yesterday!
So again to recap from the city, if I wish to discuss, address and or challenge the validity of the Bylaw, and the fact that pit bulls were a, quote “Serious issue here in Richmond in the years prior to the Bylaw” The city says that I must pay them$2,280.00 dollars to get that information. Dare I say it…, “CASH GRAB”
Correct me if I’m wrong here but Freedom of information means I am free to obtain that info, and as for paying for it, technically my tax dollars should have that fee covered, and if not why do they not have a documents library open to the public that again excludes personal information of the parties involved, name address, etc. but has all other details about the dog and the bite or attack? Wouldn’t that save their staff all that valuable time and effort?
Basically the average person has no way of getting this info without yet again cowing to the “CASH GRAB” that is the City of Richmond, and as a result has no means of challenging said Bylaw now do they? Who do you know that has $2,280.00 dollars lying around to fight a stupid bias bylaw?
No one! These city officials have had these cushie little positions for far too long I think, did I mention that one of the council members used to be a dog breeder, and he/she had livestock that were attacked by a pit bull years ago, where he/she was injured as well?
Now I call in to question this, was there DNA testing done to verify if that dog was in fact pit bull? No, there was not! Did this council member use their position on city council to get revenge on the dogs, he/she hates so much? Absolutely! Does said council member use that position to continue their vendetta? Absolutely!
So folks I ask you how do you fight that? Well don’t get all down in the mouth just yet, because I am one tenacious lady, and I am not done yet, this just takes me to the next phase!
to be continued.