Winnipeg couple fighting to get their dog back after rescue ‘repossesses’ pooch

A Winnipeg couple has gone to court over a dog they adopted from an animal rescue, saying the shelter took the dog back unfairly.Barbara Rudiak and her husband Kevin Jardine paid a $250 adoption fee to adopt Nicolas — a senior dachshund from Before the Bridge K9 rescue.Story continues below

In February they went on vacation in Mexico and left the dog with their other puppy at a friend’s house. While the dogs were there, the couple’s puppy bit Nicolas at least twice and in one case “left two superficial puncture wounds” on his ear, said the couple’s lawyer Kevin Toyne, adding the dog didn’t need veterinary care.READ MORE: Hundreds show up to play with dogs at Winnipeg Animal Services on ChristmasThe rescue group took Nicolas back and brought him to a foster home, said Toyne.The couple came home from vacation early when they heard their dog had been taken. He said the couple contacted police, other dog rescues, and animal services to try to get information on how to get their dog back.“These are all things that people who consider their dog to be their family to do.”Toyne told a Manitoba courtroom Thursday he plans to prove the shelter didn’t have the right to repossess the dog. He said the normal adoption process wasn’t followed in this case — saying there was no application form filled out to adopt the dog and no adoption contract signed.“There is no contractual right to repossess to allow the defendants to do what they’ve done,” said Toyne.More to come.RELATED: Owner fuming after pet rescue demands money to return lost dog