NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: From October 30 to November 5, Clanimal analyzes the responsibility of certain actors in the death of Mrs. Vadnais and its impact on thousands of animal guardians in Montreal.
On June 8, 2016, when she returned from her job, Christiane Vadnais from Pointe-aux-Trembles had a tragic end, following an altercation with her neighbour’s pit bull dog.
Since then, the municipal authorities have promulgated a series of “anti pit bull” regulations and other measures, with significant consequences for the citizens of Quebec, especially those of Montreal!
2. Why were there no criminal charges against the guardian of the animal involved?
This is the question that annoys me seriously!
In fact, according to the coroner’s report (which incidentally was already in the possession of the police), why did the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions not file an indictment against him…the guardian of the animal?
Was the “DPCP” afraid of a civil suit? Or was he afraid of not being able to prove according to the applicable standards, the responsibility, even by virtue of some form of negligence by his guardian, because after all in Quebec, is it not the human being responsible for the acts and actions animals that are under his authority?
So, is the criminal negligence with dogs biting on the South Shore different from that demonstrated in Montreal? Or does the law apply differently in Montreal than on the South Shore?
a) Why Mrs. Vadnais’s family did not insist that the guardian of the animal be criminally charged?
b) Why did Mrs. Vadnais’ family not sue the City of Montreal in civil courts? Was it not informed of all the details of the case like the fact that a police report was produced in October 2015, following a double bite, of the same dog, at that time?
c) Has there been any form of out-of-court settlement discussion between the city of Montreal and Ms. Vadnais’s family? If so, what are the terms?
d) What did Mayor Coderre tell Ms. Vadnais’ family, for it to get so quickly behind the implementation of the current by-law at the City of Montreal?
Tomorrow follows the next part of our analysis,
“The Guy,” Clanimal.com