Imagine being homeless, and then imagine as you try to rebuild your life, being alone and prevented from being with your Pet dog.....for over a year!
Imagine not being able to visit, or even see your pet during that time!
And then imagine how sad, confused and upset your Pet would be, if you couldn’t see him?
That’s what happened to one man and his dog here in York Region
Back in Oct. 2018, Pipper was detained and had been facing a Destruction Order.
That’s when “Inn From The Cold” , located in Newmarket, reached out to one of their donors & supporters Brian Morris , of Lighthouse Legal Services, to ask if he ( Mr. Morris) would kindly help Cory by providing him with Legal representation.
Brian responded quickly to the request and took on the challenge to save Pipper and to try and reunite him with his owner.
It took a full year of Defence work and seven (7) Court appearances, but Mr. Morris has been able to help Cory and Pipper.
On November 21, 2019, Mr. Morris was able to secure a Court Order to release Pipper back into the care of his owner, Cory .
Pippers release is subject to a number of reasonable, but strict conditions set by The Court.
One of the conditions of his release, is that Cory must first pay the Georgina Animal Shelter for Pipper‘s stay and for medical treatments they provided to him during his time with them.
The amount the shelter requires to be paid to them before releasing him, totals;
For Cory, it may as well be a million dollars.
Because for him to be able to pay that amount by his own means, would be an impossible task.
The only hope of getting Pipper back home with Cory, is if the community helps by making a donation to the Free Pipper fund
By way of background Mr. Morris has provided a copy of his submissions to The Court made during closing arguments . Some of which is shared below:
“Pipper is more than just a pet, more than just animal. Pipper is Mr. Chartrand’s family. When Mr. Chartrand was homeless, it was just the two of them trying to survive.”, said Mr. Morris.
Mr. Morris went on to explain to the Court that ;
‘Mr. Chartrand always did his best to provide for Pipper, even though he had very little means to support himself. Mr. Chartrand would even spend his last dollar on Pipper, before looking after himself. Needless to stay, they have both been through a lot together, and have survived ,even though the odds were against them.’
‘Mr. Chartrand has struggled in the past. But It’s very heartening to hear that he has made so many positive strides in his life. He currently works, and has now secured housing . But even though he has secured housing,.. it does not feel like home without his closest companion. ‘
“Pipper provides emotional support in Mr. Chartrand’s life, support which can be critical to those that find themselves in vulnerable life situations, which Mr. Chartrand has had to experience and cope with. So in a sense, Piper companionship acts a medical/therapeutic support for Mr. Chartrand.
PLEASE will you help to reunite Pipper with Cory by making a donation to his “Free Pipper fund” ?
Pipper has been saved from destruction. And the Court has ordered that he can go home to Cory.
But thus can only happen AFTER the Georgina Animal Shelter receives Cdn. $6,345 from Cory.
PLEASE HELP TO FREE PIPPER
By making a donation , now ... It means that Pipper could be home with Cory for the Holidays
** Cory Chartrand has waived his confidentiality rights with Lighthouse Legal Services Prof. Corp. and its Owner, Brian Morris, has given his permission to allow us to share his story, in order for Caylee to help raise funds to FREE PIPPER.
* * Caylee James does not work as an employee for Lighthouse Legal Services Prof. Corp., but was asked to assist as a 3rd party in the matter, in order to fundraise for the release of Pipper
**Any additional funds raised above the goal to pay the shelter, will be used to pay legal fees and other expenses incurred **.
- Donna Matthews
- Sarena McKenzie
- Patti Eek
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