The ordeal is over for a local Sault Ste. Marie family and their dog, Odie. Today, after spending the entire summer behind bars at the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society, Odie was re-united with his family.
The story began in late June when Odie went missing from his family home in the west end of the city. Odie had chased away a bear that entered their property. Unfortunately , Odie got lost and was found by a motorist who took him to the Humane Society.
When Jenn Santana, Odie’s owner went to the Humane Society to claim him. The Management told Santana that they could not release the dog, as they believed the dog to be a pit bull. Pit bulls are banned in Ontario. The Humane Society upheld the pit bull ban and refused to release the dog.
Santana has always claimed that Odie was a boxer mix.
After numerous court delays and not being able to see her dog for the entire summer, Odie is returning home to her owner Jenn Santana today.
“This has been the most overwhelming experience I feel so much gratitude for the community members that have supported us, for Bobby Russon who donated his time with Sarah Tucci with regards to the legal aspects being covered.” Santana told Sault Online.com. “ To the CKC judge Allen Bennet who despite being told he was dying took time to write as an expert witness to identify Odie as the boxer mix he is, it was his letter that provided the courts with the reasonable doubt.”
The dog has now been identified as a Boxer-Labrador – not a pit bull.
Santana must obey certain conditions, such as getting Odie fixed and to have him on leash at all times.
Santana said the Humane Society demanded that a third party pick up the dog. SaultOnline.com /ONNtv reached out to the Humane Society . No one was available to comment.
“When you look into his eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth” Santana said. “we are all laying on the couch healing our hearts for 65 days my family has missed our dog, the house isn’t the same without this goofy guy he is larger than life and the purest definition of love.”