Grieving B.C. couple allowed to maintain remedy canine, regardless of strata’s objections


A B.C. couple can maintain a remedy canine that is helped them deal with the lack of their grandson, regardless of stress from their strata to ditch the animal for being too massive.

The canine house owners took the dispute to the province’s small claims tribunal, which discovered that whereas the animal surpasses the utmost dimension allowed by their strata’s pet bylaw, the enforcement of that rule has been inconsistent and “considerably unfair.”

The Civil Decision Tribunal heard the couple moved into their residence in February 2021, and by the top of the next month, 5 of their neighbours had complained to the strata about their canine’s dimension.

The strata’s bylaws solely enable one pet per unit, and prohibits those who develop taller than 15 inches (about 38 cm) on the “withers,” or the best level on its shoulder blades.

The couple advised the tribunal they have been conscious of the peak bylaw once they bought their property, however that their canine – named Mel – was smaller on the time. They requested the strata for an exception, however have been denied.

“They mentioned Mel was an integral a part of their household,” tribunal member Leah Volkers wrote in her choice.

“The additionally referred to a letter from their physician and requested the strata to permit them to maintain Mel as a result of they misplaced their grandson, they’re liable to despair, they usually aren’t in a position to transfer on account of these occasions and their age.”

Previous to their request, the couple was requested to determine Mel’s top, which they did by visiting an animal hospital in Tsawwassen. The canine was decided to be 20 inches tall (about 51 cm) on the withers.

Together with the measurements, the couple submitted a letter asking for leniency.

“(The couple) requested the strata to accommodate them by permitting Mel to remain of their strata lot on account of, partly, their psychological well being points,” Volkers wrote.

Whereas the couple did not particularly reference B.C.’s Human Rights Code, the tribunal discovered their request may have triggered these protections – however Volkers discovered the problem was moot anyway.

A November 2018 electronic mail from the strata’s supervisor confirmed there had been a earlier exception for one more proprietor’s over-height canine, who was allowed to remain supplied the animal solely used the storage ramp to enter and exit the property.

That canine was measured at 15.9 inches tall on the withers.

“Within the absence of any significant rationalization for why some over-height canines have been allowed to remain within the strata and never others, I discover there aren’t any affordable grounds for the strata’s choice to require the (couple) to take away Mel,” Volkers wrote, discovering the strata’s actions “considerably unfair.”

The strata was additionally ordered to reimburse the couple’s charges for submitting a dispute with the tribunal, which got here to $225.