Friday, April 14, 2006

Toronto Police Horse

Subject: Re the police horse that was killed in Toronto
<> The "Brigadiers Law"

* On Friday, February 24, 2006, at 18:55 hrs, a Toronto Police
Mounted Unit was deliberately, according to witnesses at the scene, struck by an irate driver who then fled the scene, leaving the officer and the horse in the roadway. The officer suffered neck, back and rib injuries, and was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The horse, "Brigadier", a 7year old Belgian-cross horse, suffering from massive traumatic injuries, had to be shot and killed, for humanitarian reasons, on the street, by officers at the scene. The driver was arrested and charged with Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm and Fail to Stop at the Scene of an Accident Causing Bodily Harm. No additional charges have yet to be laid.

The Problem In Canada there is no mention of "Law Enforcement Service
Animals" anywhere in the Criminal Code of Canada, therefore purposefully killing a police dog, horse or other service animal comes with NO additional charges,unlike many States and Countries that do protect their Law Enforcement Service Animals. Letters have been written to the Canadian Federal Government, including the Prime Ministers office, regarding a proposal to amend the Criminal Code of Canada giving Police Service Animals the much needed protection they require, under the law. The proposed amendment was nicknamed "BRIGADIERS LAW" and is a very important issue. It is very
important for every Canadian to realize the importance and critical
function that Law Enforcement Service Animals provide on a daily basis; from Search and Rescue, Community Oriented Policing, Public Safety and of course building a bridge between the community and the police.

The Solution

This matter falls under the Criminal Code of Canada, within the
Jurisdiction of the Department of Justice Canada, therefore the Government of Canada needs to be petitioned to update and strengthen the Criminal Code of Canada to include the protection of Law Enforcement Service Animals against intentional harm.

Hi All:

I think this is a great idea, especially among we animal lovers.

Former and serving Police Members who have worked with dogs and horses
In particular.

Gerry Martin
R.C.M.P. Rtd.

Subject: Re: the police horse that was killed in Toronto - click on
The link below to add your name to "Brig's Law" petition.
Ok friends, this is worth doing if you're an animal lover big or small.
It will take less than 1 minute of your time to help protect our Police
Service Animals in Canada.

Please forward to your friends & family...

Click here: Toronto
Regards McKee
CCGA(P) Aux 12
Unit Leader

Thanks Bev. S.

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