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Canadians Warned The Government Can Confiscate Pets From Convoy Protesters
Two men walk dogs in front of trucks while crossing Wellington Street in Ottawa, Canada, Feb. 10, 2022. The Ottawa Police Service said Thursday that police have arrested 25 people and issued 1,775 tickets to put an end to the unlawful demonstrations in the downtown areas. The "Freedom Convoy 2022" protest began on Jan. 29 as a rally of truckers against the requirement that Canadian truck drivers crossing the border into the United States be fully vaccinated as of mid-January. (Photo by Lin Wei/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Lin Wei/Xinhua via Getty Images

The Canadian government is issuing warnings to anyone involved in the massive anti-mandate protests, saying that in addition to freezing bank accounts and towing their trucks, they can confiscate pets as well.

A tweet from the official account for Ottawa’s by-law and regulatory services read, “Attention animal owners at demonstration: If you are unable to care for your animal as a result of enforcement actions, your animal will placed into protective care for 8 days, at your cost. After 8 days, if arrangements are not made, your animal will be considered relinquished.”

According to tweet, the law applied to animals that were left without anyone to care for them due to any law enforcement action resulting from their owners’ participation in the protests — and that could open the door for the government to remove pets from homes where they would have been well cared for if it were not for the government’s response to the protests.

A pet owner who was arrested or detained longer than eight days pursuant to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s emergency powers, for example, would be unable to care for an animal while in police custody and could then be subject to this particular by-law. The by-law could also be applied to pet owners who could no longer afford to feed or care for an animal due to the government freezing bank accounts owned by protesters as well.

Once the government determined that the animals were not being cared for, the by-law indicates they can “place the animal in protective care” for eight days — and the owner would be billed for that cost. The owner’s failure to make other arrangements prior to the end of that eight-day period would result in the animal being considered “relinquished” by the owner.

The by-law did not indicate what might become of animals once they were determined to be relinquished, but critics on Twitter had a few guesses — and none of them were pleasant.

“First Fauci now the Ottawa police …” the Libertarian Party of New Hampshire tweeted in response. “Why does everyone insane about Covid also want to murder puppies?”

“What happens after the animals are ‘relinquished’? You put them down?” Chris Tomlinson asked.

“Oh man I thought they were gonna say after 8 days your animal will be shot…,” The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson said. “Then again maybe ‘considered relinquished’ is just left-wing authoritarian Canada-speak for ‘shot.'”

Keean Bexte added, “Holy f*** this is EVIL. Is there any way to support these dogs in the event the worst happens? Trudeau’s Emergency Powers gives them the ability to detain indefinitely.”

“There is no low they wont sink to,” Michael Malice tweeted. “Now they’re threatening to take away the #FreedomConvoy2022’s pets.”

“EVIL: Trudeau regime threatens to kidnap and kill the pets of freedom protestors,” David Kurten added.

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