Odie the dog has been back with his family for two weeks since being released back to Jenn Santana and her family following being held by the Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society.
Saultonline.com / ONNtv first brought you odie’s story back in June.
The Shelter believed the dog to be a pitbul, and pitbuls are banned in Ontario. For that reason, when Santana went to claim her dog after being lost , she was shocked to be informed that she could not have her dog back.
After numerous court appearances and 65 days of not being with his family, the court was satisfied that Odie is a boxer / lab mix and not a pitbul. Charges were withdrawn.
The story should have ended there, but it didn’t.
While Odie was being held behind bars, the dog experienced stress and caused injury to himself, mainly his teeth from biting the bars in his pen at the Humane Society.
“we have fractures on all 4 of Odie’s larger canines are all affected by the trauma of being caged for 65 days” Santana tells SaultOnline.com
Santana says she has had no hope in finding a vet locally and she can no longer take Odie to her vet across the river, as Odie is still listed as pitbul on papers released from the Humane Society. Meaning Santana would have a problem bringing Odie back into Canada.
“He has 8 dental fractures and this is urgent we have started a go fund me in an effort to raise funds as we are looking at 2000+ just to fix his teeth, and the court order gave me several stipulations that I cannot meet as I can’t gets vet anywhere local, I’ve tried Sudbury, North Bay, Elliot L ake we are looking into Ottawa. ” Santana said.
Santana had numerous conditions put on her from the court and the Humane Society and all of them, including getting Odie fixed and all shots up to date must be complete by September 21. Other conditions include, all appropriate vaccinations to the satisfaction of a Veterinarian in good standing with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario OR to the satisfaction of a Veterinarian in good standing with the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association by September 21, 2019; b. The Defendant is to apply for a City of Sault Ste. Marie Dog License for Odie by September 21, 2019; c. Odie is to be neutered by October 14, 2019; d. Odie is to remain on a leash while outside the Defendant’s domicile, for the remainder of his life.
Santana is more than willing to meet all the conditions, however the cost of fighting for her dog back and now along with the dental care he needs is adding up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Not surprisingly , a gofundme page has been set up to help with the mounting expenses.
“We are looking at a very significant veterinarian bill in order to not only comply with the terms of his release and to also make sure that Odies immediate health issues can be met in a timely manner.” Santana wrote, “He is psychologically not the same dog that left during the 65 days he was held and incarcerated I cannot imagine what he endured. He is scared of loud noises, his leash, people visiting , he doesn’t sleep he hyperventilates and surface sleeps and any noise causes an immediate stress/anxiety reaction.”