police sued for shooting Bells Corners dogs

Owner launches lawsuit

The dogs were killed after a 14 hour standoff at Lynwood Manor. Too bad the Lynwood Manor Neighbourhood Watch hadn’t been formed at the time – it might have led to a different outcome.

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6 Responses to police sued for shooting Bells Corners dogs

  1. Rich Littleton says:

    Hmm, I thought pit bulls were banned in Ontario. Funny you never hear of police shooting an “attack pug” or an “attack chihuahua.”

    – The CBC story called them “pit bulls” while the Citizen says they were “pit bull-type” dogs.

  2. jeff says:

    Did anyone notice that the suit was for $900,000 for property and the dogs, yet when asked to produce any evidence of the property damage, the owner said “I am only concerned about my dogs,” and when asked why she felt the dogs were worth a million dollars, she said “well there was property too.” Sorry, but I highly doubt that she had a million dollars worth of property in her home, even if you count the pit bulls. I also need to ask, the police were only there to arrest the guy she reported (her boyfriend); does anyone else think this is strange?

    She calls the police, they arrive, her boyfriend isn’t there so she sends the dogs after the police, then claims a million dollars worth of property was damaged because the police defended themselves against her dogs…I need to ask if this sits right with any normal thinking person.

  3. New pit bulls are banned but older dogs are grandfathered. Further, pit bulls are not violent dogs by nature. The problem is that people who want violent dogs buy them and then condition them to be violent.

    With respect to $900,000 in damages that is ridiculous. The entire house is not worth a third of that and I doubt she had a Fabergé egg collection that got damaged. The majority of the amount has to be based on the emotional value of the dogs. Traditionally that is not how pets are valued in these kinds of situations. A pet might be very important to the owner and the owner might not be willing to trade the animal for a million dollars but that subjective value is not going to be recognized by a court.

    The only way that the $900,000 can be at all possible is if they are seeking punitive damages. That would require that the police have acted in a way that is considered so repulsive that the court would want to punish the police so as to discourage them ever doing something that bad again. From what I have read of this story that hardly seems to be the case.

    I’d be curious to know if she has actually filed a lawsuit for this amount or if she simply told the media she plans to sue for this amount. I can’t see any lawyer actually agreeing to file for $900,000.

  4. Mike says:

    Yes, anyone can sue for a million dollars. It doesn’t mean that’s what they’re gonna get in the end. By the time she goes to court and such, she might be able to get 2000 bucks plus legal fees.

    Be reasonable- people who get seriously hurt in an accident and sue only get maybe $200,000 and that’s a human being, not a dog. And let’s be frank here, the Ottawa Police gets thousands of lawsuits per year, and maybe only half of the plaintiffs actually win, getting very little in the end.

    There are people out there who get falsely arrested, falsely imprisoned, assaulted by police, their houses get searched without a warrant, etc. and people sue and get like $8,000 bucks for the terrible ordeal.

    The Ottawa Police doesn’t care who sues, because in the end it’s the taxpayers who pay the person who sues; it doesn’t come out of the police officer’s pocket.

    It’s the system that needs to be changed. The individual police officer should be held accountable. Just like a doctor has insurance for malpractice, with rates based on the number of lawsuits. Similarly, police officers should have to buy insurance on their own, and pay for their actions out of their own insurance pockets, not the taxpayer’s.

  5. Mike says:

    Here’s a good article about accountability and the need to trim police civil liberties abuse.

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