My request for info from the city of Richmond re: Dog Bite statistics, breed required. Busted buddy!

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:

holly’s docs from Richmond city council 

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.

-Apitome-

About apitome

I am a mother, a pit bull advocate, but mostly I am just like any of you, I am passionate about politics, the environment and dog advocacy. I want possitive changes within the judicial system as well. I want my children to grow up in a country where we are not told what breed of dog we can own. I want to see BSL put in the trash where it belongs! I want to see the constitution protected but not manipulated *see anything on the mosque near ground zero (USA) or changing Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays (Canada)* I am not racist in any way shape or form against any ethnic group, I do however have prejudices against bad behavior! If you abuse our laws, kids, the elderly, or animals, If you move to a new country and then demand that country to change everything about it's laws & way of life to suit your own agenda, If you blatantly break those laws with no regard and show no repect for them, if you engage in dog fighting or any other forms of animal abuse, torture or neglect, or if you are a pedophile, Than yes! You are on my radar for sure, and I will do EVERYTHING within my power to see you stopped and brought to justice! Furthering that goal, I have no qualms about publishing the names and faces of convicted abusers. I am not trying to change the world, I simply want to see things improve not backslide, Mostly for my children and these wonderful dogs futures! I may say things you agree with, and I may say things that you won't agree with, I may anger you, challenge you, or just plain piss you off, but in my book that's ok as long as long as it inspires some form of action on your part. This is not a popularity contest, If I have said anything about a group or person that you don't agree with please feel free to leave a comment or simply don't come back. If You have been mentioned in my blog it is for one of two reasons, you are either an advocate or you are an abuser loser, if you are the latter I could care less what you think! I value the opinions of trash about as much as I do that of a slug! Everything in print here is a matter of public record, or came from a trusted source, with that said, I am certainly willing to print both sides of any story, in an effort to be fair and always print the truth! View all posts by apitome

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