When exactly did attempting to survive after the government of the yukon forces you from your own home, become "defiant"? Maybe our survival apart from government paps has always been defiant, i don't know. In other respects this article is a pretty accurate portrayal of the situation, which has been escalating for some time. The whole thing could have been avoided had the courts provided Shelley with an alternative other than to "evaporate". However, our legal system is largely punitive, and doesn't seem to have other tools available for resolving disputes. The rest of us can all sit back and change the channel but if you're wearing Shelley Cuthbert's shoes, there you are, confronted by the power and authority of the mighty state! This is intolerable in a "free" country like Canada, or in any other country. In fact, the local aurhority over this matter, Teslin's Jason Colbert, has to drive well over an hour from his office just to deal with the problem of a few dog turds on a sea of crown land. One could ask, "is it really necessary to further harass a victim of governmental mismanagement to this absurd degree?"
And I dare to ask, for one.
A similar case once took place in New brunswick where a hog farmer found himself with some new neighbours with expensive houses. They moved into his area and signed a petition to have him removed because the smell of the hogs was offending their delicate olfactory nerves. They harassed the farmer until he ultimately couldnt take it anymore and ended his life. His brother, a lawyer, took every one of the people who signed the petition to court and won the case against them. Though they took it too the Supreme Court, they lost again. The argument against the hog-offended crowd? Mr pig farmer was there......... First! They knew the hogs were there when they started harassing him.
I visited Shelley today. She is doing quite well. In fact, i have personally visited her camp as well and there is little if any smell of urine and feces, although that was mentioned as a problem by Jason Colbert in the Yukon News. The dogs appear very well fed and dont appear to be suffering in any way, mentally or physically. Some animals are more aggressive than others, or shall we use the word "protective". And this brings to mind a possible market for some of the dogs in Shelley's care. Maybe you would like a protective dog in and around your home? They can be more effective than firearms at disheartening wouldbe invaders. Talk to Shelley!
Coming back to the care the dogs are receiving. Shelley is being inspected by animal welfare every 3 weeks! If there were any sort of problem whatsoever, dont you think they would have shut her down by now? That all by itself should convince any court that Shelley Cuthbert knows what she is doing with her animals. She has almost single=handedly solved the problem of stray dogs in the Yukon. If the govt won't support her, could they possibly just simply "not leave mad" or is that too much to ask?
And Btw, The article says she's camped at Tarfu Lake and Tarfu is an anagram for totally and royally ... well, you know the rest!
And btw, in related news, The Yukon Judge who insisted on Shelley owning only 2 dogs, which meant turning the rest over the the Yukon Govt for nearly certain destruction, has suddenly expired and passed on this last weekend. Condolences to the family.\