Biscuit the Dog Home After Landlord Abduction in Cornwall Ontario – June 18, 2013

Biscuit the Dog Home After Landlord Abduction in Cornwall Ontario – June 18, 2013

BiscuitCFN – For Amanda Stevenson and her mom Karen it was a shocker Monday night coming back to Amanda’s apartment on Montreal Road in Cornwall Ontario.

All was quiet, and Biscuit, the dog Amanda has owned for over 9 years was gone.   After a frantic search she found a note on her table from her landlord, one Wolfe Vracar, stating that he had taken the dog.

I received a complaint regarding your dog making noise again!!!   I told you the dog has to go!   You can’t leave the dog alone!!

The women were stunned and a call to Cornwall police led to Mr. Vracar phoning the Stevensons.

I spoke with Mr. Vracar’s wife Judy today who said that the dog was well taken care of; given food, water, and treats and was quite happy with her for the night.   The Vracar’s have a horse farm with many pets.   Judy said she and her husband were concerned that the animal wasn’t being cared for, and that a call to authorities stated that as long as the dog had food and water there wasn’t anything they could do.

Judy also said she was concerned that if the OSPCA had taken the dog they might have put it down as it’s old and quite lame.

A dog of Biscuits size and age would be approximately 70-80 years old in human years.

Calls to Bonnie Bishop of the OSPCA had not been returned as of Press time.

This morning Mr. Vracar turned Biscuit over to Karen, his tenants mother; but not before allegedly refusing to turn the dog over until Ms Stevenson signed a document stating that Biscuit is not to return to his building.

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24 Comments on "Biscuit the Dog Home After Landlord Abduction in Cornwall Ontario – June 18, 2013"

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shari
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I am appalled that he could have the right to enter the tenants apartment and remove the animal. I would have been livid.

john
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A dog, is a family member, Taking a dog in someones residence is just wrong, then to make some one to sign a note, is a form of black mail. Pathetic, the landlord had no right entering the premises, and should be held accountable.

sumerr
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for one he cantenter her house without notice or only for emergency n a barking dog is not an emergency. I would have him charged with unlawful entery n theif as he stole her dog and basically held it for ransom by not giving the dog back unless she signs the paper. this isnt right n should be dealt with by police

Clifford S
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That would be break and enter (even if the landlord has keys, they were unannounced) and removal of property (theft), being the animal. And where is the 24 hrs notice before entering? He could have reached the tenant or had the police or someone come to supervise what was being done. If any landlord entered my place without prior consent, and took anything of mine, I would be livid as well and would be immediately contacting the police. Also, making the tenant’s mother sign that paper in exchange to get the dog back would be forcing her to sign said… Read more »
shelley boisvenue
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did he give you any written notices about the complaints? did he ask permission to enter your apartment? He removed property from your dwelling, that is theft under $5000. Has he told you what the complaints were from whoever gave them? and why did they call him and not report complaints to the spca? He cannot refuse you to have a dog, he can ask you to move if there are complaints but you have to have written notice or overcome the complaints.

Debbie
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The document won’t be able to be enforced in a court of law anyways, it was signed under duress… He broke the law and they should press charges.

jules
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A landlord sure can enter if there is an emergency or something like that. Back in the mid seventies in this very same apartment (here in Ottawa) that I am living in the landlord entered my apartment with his superintendent then because there was a leak in the roof and he moved my bedroom nightstand and he left us a note. A landlord can enter if they feel that there is probable cause. At another building that we lived in a little further away from here there was a terrible smell coming from one of the apartments on another floor.… Read more »
Melissa
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Just because the dog was annoying ppl didn’t give the landlord the right to enter if she had valid concerns she should have contacted the police department. Also this landlord has crossed the line she should be charged with break and enter as this was not an emergency … but more a nuisance . She should do her research there is a no fury law in Ontario and if the animal is not a controlled breed or a danger to other tenants she cant just remove them the animal or evict these ppl from there home I hope this landlord… Read more »
Rob
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Jules, Once again you are wrong, ENTRY WITHOUT NOTICE Section 26 provides that a landlord may enter the rental unit without notice: • in cases of emergency; • If the tenant consents to the landlord entering the unit at the time the landlord enters; • where the tenancy agreement requires the landlord to clean the rental unit at regular intervals, the landlord may enter at the times specified in the agreement, or, if no times are specified, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and • if the landlord and the tenant have agreed the tenancy will be terminated or one… Read more »
Paulie
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That landlord should be charged ..unreal how do u enter someones home and steal a dog? He needs to be charged,he is very lucky it was not me because I would have strangled him until he told me where my dog was,my dog is family….I hope they go after him ….he is an idiot !!

East End
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I agree with you in many ways any Landlord is not allowed to enter without permission as well to do as he did. Mind you in fairness a big dog should not have to suffer living in a small apartment its cruelty to animals. A small dog yes but big dog no mind you i sympathise with you because i know how you feel been there done that and i later realize what was best for our dog.

Rob
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Who said the dog was suffering ?? How do we know she was only gone for an hour ?? Irregardless if it were 500sq ft apartment or a 2000 sq ft home, people with dogs still go to work…

If it had been my landlord I would of pressed the officers in charge to Charge him with break and enter, Theft under and what ever else I could think of.

Diddlysquat
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Dogs can have separation anxieties. Persistent barking is reason enough for a complaint to be made. Since former complaint(s) had already been made attention by the landlord would be in order, however, he could have first made an attempt to find the tenants so they could correct the situation. He could also have called the By-law office or the OSPCA for follow-up idea’s or perhaps even the police. It was incumbent upon the tenant to ensure peace and stable environment was in place for their dog. A dog sitter pay or friend to trade favors with would have saved the… Read more »
WHAT??
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He clearly overstepped his boundaries. He didn’t have the right to go in and definitely didn’t have the right to remove anything that belongs to that family.

Press charges!

theotheramanda
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Biscuit is so well taken care of and loved by Amanda and her family. I am outraged that this happened. Imagine the stress the landlord caused that poor dog 🙁 He had no right going into her apartment.

Stan
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Wolfe needs to understand that he committed a “Break & Enter”, a “Theft under $5000”, “Kidnapping of the dog”, “Illegal Transportation of the dog” and “Endangering the Health of said dog by feeding it strange foods”. Amanda and Karen please have this man charged criminally and sue him civilly in court. Your lawyer can advise you. Another thing Wolfe: you need to know that any lease drawn-up that prohibits dogs (pets) is deemed Null & Void by the Government of Ontario. You cannot stop someone from having pets!

Diddlysquat
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WHAT about Biscuit. Ya ‘WHAT’. Typical ‘my rights’ issue. You are talking about human rights. Selfish, thoughtless act to NOT consider WHAT the dogs environment would be. The landlord, who I do not know, was a hero in this case and all else, like ‘tenant’ privacy was thrown out the window by the tenant when she left without assuring adequate management of her charge…Biscuit the dog. Seems all attention is on the ‘poor me’ tenant and damn the landlord by throwing the privacy act at him. WHAT, you are not talking about the ‘dogs’ rights. Animals, in particular, those so… Read more »
Karen Stevenson
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Diddlysquat, you have no clue

Diddlysquat
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Karen Stevenson…….no c lues were given. Only fairy tales. Why is it okay to leave a dog howl and then dump on the person that had the capacity to correct the situation on behalf of all his/her other tenants, albeit on a temporary basis. Sure made the complainant(s) happy…but then, who gives a damn about that? If you think the complaint was a revenge thing or that he/she was a jerk….well look in the mirror…this was not your first time. Dogs have been my passion for most of my life. Even Jamie takes care of his dogs…..that is likely why… Read more »
theotheramanda
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Diddlysquat, you said “The landlord, who I do not know,” You are pretty defensive writing about someone you don’t know. I call a bluff here. I am a huge animal rights activist and I know the family and Biscuit. He has never been neglected and if he was I would be the first to report it! A daughter has her childhood dog over and leaves her apartment for a little while and now people are acting like she neglected her dog? This is why people like you should mind your own business because it’s not your business!

Diddlysquat
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‘theotheramanda’ Thanks for your ‘professional opinion and defense of someone you know. How kind of you. Regarding the landlord, I really do not know him/her or Amanda. I read the situation for what it was and truly felt a lack of responsibility on Amanda’a part. The landlord was totally under attack, which I felt was somewhat unfair. My intent was to balance the arguements and show compassion for ‘the other side’. Much of my contention was to show the young impressionable young lady a bit of tough love. Yes, I do believe she is a kindred spirit if you will… Read more »
jules
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I completely agree with you Diddlysquat. This morning I was in Cornwall/Fossoli and I just came home. I saw some dogs at Lamoureux Park with their owners on a leash having a nice good walk and well behaved. One has to walk their dog and give it food and water and the animal will be happy. You cannot enclose a dog in an apartment and expect that it is going to stay quiet all day without going out to enjoy his/her walk. I spoke a tiny bit to its owners and good and polite people unlike some people who come… Read more »
georgie
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wow , if my landlord entered my place in a non emergency situation and also took something and left proof such as the note I would definately have him charged !! Our pets are part of the family , I would be devasted to not have mine with me , what if the landlord abused the dog in some way , you never no .. As far as you sighning that paper I cannot imagine that it is legal and binding as you do not own this dog , I think your daughter would have had to be given a… Read more »
Diddlysquat
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Better the landlord than an angry neighbor busting the door down. This young lady needs to watch .The Dog Whisperer(because it’s free) to help her teach her dog how to settle in when she is away. It takes time to train a dog with building up times away. Trust takes time for Biscuit to accept longer and longer periods of away times for Amanda. Anything from an hour away to an 9 hour day to and from work. Finding a way to limit outside and distracting noises (kids at play, talking, cars going by, whatever). One way is to leave… Read more »