The battle to determine the fate of Brindi is about to turn itself into a much larger affair now that Francesca Rogier, Brindi's owner, has threatened, on her Facebook site, to go on a hunger strike. I can't even begin to go into the details here about what's transpired over the last few days as the whole sad-for-Brindi affair is starting to take on a soap operatic quality with a lot of he said she said type accusations being flung about. Joan's site, Me and my dogs in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has the best coverage of this and if you want back and forth drama just check out the 58 comments and counting on her latest entry Cease and Desist from Francesca Rogier. Kudos to Joan for filtering out the riff raff and keeping her house in order under this barrage.
In my earlier post on this, I had expressed support for Ms. Rogier's fight to regain ownership of Brindi but given some of her recent actions, I'm not so sure now. She's definitely under severe emotional duress and that might account for her lack of judgment in attempting a hunger strike and in burning bridges with anyone who even remotely questions her past actions and future intentions but I suspect that most people will just view her implosion as further justification for keeping Brindi out of her hands. I know I do. Well, sort of I do.
Yeah, yeah, so I'm sitting on the fence now on this one. On the one hand, I totally feel for Ms. Rogier wanting Brindi alive and back in her arms. I get that. Especially the keep Brindi alive part. On the other hand, I'm wondering if Ms. Rogier's going a little cuckoo for Coco Puffs and if she is, will she be able to handle Brindi in the case of the dog's return? If I were in her shoes, maybe I'd be going nuts too. Certainly the out of control on-line publicity she's generated for herself can't be calming her nerves.
I'm being a bit flippant here but at the heart of this matter is a dog months in jail now still awaiting a possible execution. I've seen dogs imprisoned in small concrete cells for months on end and it's heartrending. Regardless of people's opinions of Ms. Rogier, no one wants Brindi kept in a cage or dead, except, it seems, for the City of Halifax. The section of the law that was used to put Brindi on the kill list in the first place has been struck down so I don't understand why the insistence on carrying through with her death sentence. I'd say that Halifax Regional Municipality has already done an admirable job of covering their asses against future liability so now maybe they can do something for Brindi and either give it back to Ms. Rogier or rehome it.
addendum: Looks like the hunger strike idea has been removed from her Facebook site.