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Despite protest, Munchie the dog Euthinized

February 29th, 2008, 08:48 PM
Too sad that the dog wasn't at least allowed to live until the man who is accused of breaking in to the owner's house and trying to kill him was taken to trial.

Despite protests, Munchie the dog euthanized

Feb 29, 2008 11:56 AM
Josh Wingrove
Staff Reporter

Munchie, a dog that Animal Control officials deemed to be a pit bull, was put down earlier this week despite the protests of his owners.

Munchie was first quarantined last September after reportedly biting a man and a small dog in a scuffle near his home. The man he's said to have attacked also faces criminal charges in the incident.

None of the allegations have been proved in court.

A month after he was quarantined, Toronto Animal Services classified Munchie as a pit bull, and a danger to the public. They used veterinary records, licensing records, the owner’s statement at the beginning of the ordeal, and a visual assessment before calling him a pit bull, said Eletta Purdy, manager of Animal Services

They were holding him in solitary confinement at the shelter, where staff said he hadn't been getting along with other dogs.

His owners insisted that Munchie was a mutt, more akin to a chocolate lab, and had been advocating amnesty for the 4-year-old dog.

But a court supported the Animal Services ruling, and ordered the dog put down.

Sheila Yeung, 21, and Angela Feng, 24, the dog's co-owners, said they spent more than $15,000 fighting for his life. They did not appeal the court's decision.

"We had evidence that the dog did attack and bite at least one person and one animal. Upon investigation of that incident, we believed it (the dog) would continue to be a menace," Purdy told the Star earlier this month.

“It’s unfortunate. We hate to ever see an animal have to be euthanized, but there is a priority in safeguarding both the animals and the community,” Purdy said.

Munchie was euthanized Monday as scheduled, Toronto Public Health spokesperson Susan Sperling confirmed today.

February 29th, 2008, 08:48 PM
To top it off I recieve this today from the facebook group which had been set up to rally support for Munchie...

"It is with deep regret that I offer my sincere and heartfelt condolences to both Sheila Yeung and Angela Feng.

Munchie was euthanized by Toronto Animal Control officers on Monday Feb. 25th, 2008

As of Thursday Feb 28th Sheila and Angela were still working on Munchie's appeal.

Neither of his owner's were aware Munchie had been put down days earlier.

This is a sad state of affairs."

March 1st, 2008, 07:42 AM
Do I understand correctly that the man that was bitten was trying to break into Munchie's house. Do you know where the small dog comes into the picture?