Dog-Lovers Rally to Save Rottweilers
A Richmond husband and wife are battling to keep their two Rottweilers alive after a biting occurrence that has the city seeking an order to destroy both dogs.
The incident happened Oct. 25, when the eight-year-old dogs, named Axel and Paris, escaped from the home of Prabjot and Raj Nijjar.
The animals went to a construction site where Axel, the larger of the two dogs, bit a construction worker.
The City of Richmond learned about the incident and took over the dogs, keeping them at the Richmond Animal Protection Society till a court hearing in April when a judge will decide whether they should be put down.
The Nijjars and other supporters organised a rally at Richmond City Hall Monday to fight the city’s course of action.
“I’m here to support my two lovely dogs,” explained Prabjot Nijjar. “I’m not allowed to see them. I want them free very quickly and [for them] to come home.”
The couple referred to Axel and Paris as “very friendly dogs” and mentioned they cannot understand why the city is seeking to have both dogs put down when only Axel bit the worker.
“Why Paris has been punished at the same time?” Nijjar stated. “The bylaws officer says it’s because Paris was with Axel: that’s the reason.”
Dustin Wang, the construction worker who was bit, told the bite just resulted in a very minimal injury and said he does not want the dogs to be put down – in case this was their first incident.
However the City of Richmond explained this is not the first time something such as this has took place with the dogs.
“There is a history with these animals and with the owners,” explained city spokesman Ted Townsend. “Our criteria in any of these sorts of situations is public safety.”
Townsend said he could not enter into details about other incidents that have took place with Axel and Paris since the matter is going to court.
Prabjot Nijjar mentioned about 3 to 4 years ago, Axel bit a smaller dog walking by him, however nothing ever came of it.
“I think Axel just nipped his toe, that’s it,” she explained. “The lady didn’t [get] back to us.”
The Nijjars said they’ve been not allowed to visit their dogs till the hearing takes place, even though they have to pay money to keep them at the kennel.
“That’s city policy pending the outcome of the order that’s being sought by the city,” Townsend explained.
The couple mentioned they’ve set up a six-foot-high fence around their property to stop the dogs from getting away again.