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Thousands line up online to support Terry the Terrier
The story of 'Terry' the Boston Terrier-French Bulldog assaulted April 21 in Cowichan has gone viral again.
That's thanks to a petition created by Chris and Leigh Davies, witnesses to the April offense .
As of Tuesday morning, the online "Justice for Terry" petition had collected 14,464 signatures calling for tough punishment if the dog's owner is found guilty in the case.
"We the undersigned respectfully request that Crown Counsel recommend to the judge the maximum sentence available under the law and that, if Brandon Scott Harrison is found guilty of the crime of animal cruelty against his dog 'Terry,' the honourable sentencing Judge in the Provincial Court of British Columbia apply the maximum sentence available for this offense," states the petition.
"We also request that, if Harrison is found guilty, the court, in accordance with Section 24(3) of the British Columbia Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 'prohibit the person from owning or having custody or control of an animal' for the rest of his lifetime."
This recent online action followed thousands of Facebook page visits and 345 shares of a post about the incident shortly after it happened in April.
That incident saw the Davies come across the dog (they've since called Terry) while driving down Cowichan Lake Road. Terry stepped with caution onto the road at the Gerz Road turnoff. The Davies pulled over, flashing their lights to warn oncoming traffic to stop. That's when the situation turned ugly.
"We saw a 20-something thug coming down Gerz Road, obviously the owner of (the dog) shouting... (The dog) was cowering now and sat down in the middle of the road," Chris said after the incident.
According to Chris, the "thug" then pinned the terrier by the neck to the road and punched him three times in the head. And that's not all.
"He then picks him up by the scruff and flings him over the road and into the ditch," said Davies.
Harrison pleaded not-guilty in Duncan provincial court May 28 against three separate charges in connection with the beating of the terrier-bulldog.
The 26-year-old is facing charges of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm (as a result of an alleged altercation at the scene) criminal harassment and causing an animal to continue to be in distress.
Harrison's trial date is set for Oct. 15. If convicted of the animal cruelty charge, he could face up to two years jail time and a fine of up to $75,000.
The Davies plan to submit results of the petition to Crown before the trial.
The petition is at https://www.causes.com/actions/1760004-justice-for-terry