Macey, a three-year-old German shepherd, was the subject of court proceedings that took place in 2019. Ken Griffiths, a dog behaviourist who worked briefly with Macey while she was impounded, hopes to raise money for her owner, who Griffiths said depleted his finances on the court case. (Ken Griffiths dog behaviourist, YouTube)

Fundraiser set up to help Nanaimo man who spent ‘life savings’ to prove his dog isn’t dangerous

Online fundraiser has goal of $5,000 for dog’s owner

A GoFundMe has been started for a man who spent all his savings on a court case to prove his dog wasn’t dangerous.

The City of Nanaimo filed an application in provincial court in Nanaimo seeking to have Michael Aubie’s female German shepherd Macey declared dangerous and euthanized, according to court documents. The hearings took place on Jan. 23, March 1, April 3 and Nov. 6-8, 2019, with Aubie, a Vancouver Island University student, having to represent himself partway through court proceedings.

Ken Griffiths, a dog behavourist who worked briefly with Macey while she was impounded, told the News Bulletin he seeks to raise the $5,000 that Aubie spent during the proceedings.

“Once the city … designates your dog dangerous and seizes it, the only chance you’ve got to save your dog is to go to court,” said Griffiths. “So Mr. Aubie, being a single father with four children and in university, he didn’t have a lot of money, so it was what he had left in his life savings to spend to try and save his puppy … also, they live in a really, really small townhome with no fenced-in yard and he kind of has a bad taste in his mouth now after this with the City of Nanaimo, so they really want to try and move outside the city limits.”

READ ALSO: Top 10 most-memorable animal stories of 2019

READ ALSO: Officials say pit bulls don’t attack more than other dogs

According to Judge Brian Harvey’s judgment, there were numerous instances involving Macey acting aggressively.

In a situation in November 2017, the dog grabbed and held on to a social worker’s right arm leading to bruising, but no puncturing of skin. The social worker sought no medical treatment.

In February 2018, Macey bit a dog trainer on the upper right thigh and buttocks area. The woman sustained marks on her skin and a large bruise on her thigh and received antibiotics for her wounds, according to Harvey’s ruling.

Macey also “nipped” at a boy’s arm in April 2018, according to the ruling, resulting in a “pinch wound” that didn’t break the skin. The child’s mother testified she wasn’t scared of Macey and didn’t seek medical attention for her child.

Harvey said while he heard that Macey bit or nipped three people, only one sustained any lasting injury. There was nothing to suggest Macey attacked another person outside Aubie’s residence.

In addition, Macey was impounded in August 2018, and between that time and her November release, there were no other incidents. As a result, Harvey declined to declare Macey a dangerous animal and had her returned to Aubie.

As of Saturday afternoon, $720 had been raised through the GoFundMe.

Aubie did not respond to requests for comment.

For more information, go to http://ca.gofundme.com and search for ‘help for Macey’s owner.’


More from the News Bulletin on Facebook and Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Small crowd gathers to watch 231-tonne stacker-reclaimer load onto barge crane

The Dynamic Beast barge crane, known for work with Johnson Street Bridge, makes a return

National Drug Drop-Off month aims to reduce substance abuse by house-bound youth

Expert says there is misconception prescribed medication is safe to take

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary hosts pop-up fundraiser in Sidney

Temporary store to feature unique hand made gifts, collectibles, clothing, books and more

Victoria mayor wants newspaper boxes removed from downtown streets

Mayor Lisa Helps says the boxes are not needed, often filled with garbage

Esquimalt artists take to great outdoors amid coronavirus

Group invites budding, or just willing artists, to join at Saxe Point

Crews work overnight to try to put out wildfire on Pender Island

Fire department and B.C. Wildfire Service crews extinguishing fire in ‘extremely difficult terrain’

Crews work overnight to try to put out wildfire on Pender Island

Fire department and B.C. Wildfire Service crews extinguishing fire in ‘extremely difficult terrain’

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Most Read