| Molly the 3lb Teacup Chihauhau was deemed DANGER TO SOCIETY (TYLER BROWNBRIDGE / The Windsor Star)|
Could an adorable, purse-sized dog like this be considered a danger to society? The city ordinance of Windsor in Ontario, Canada seems to thinks so. The case of Molly, a three-pound Teacup Chihuahua resident, recently raised some brows in the Pet World when city officials recently slapped Jason and Mitzie Scott (Molly's owners) with a designation order to have her muzzled, display a dangerous dog warning sign on their property, along with obtaining a million-dollar liability insurance policy on the Chihuahua.
|Molly displays city ordinance sign: “Dangerous Dog”|
Windsor Star News
It all started when the postal carrier came to deliver the mail and was reportedly bitten on the ankle at the Riverside home on Aug 23. According to the Windsor Star News, Molly's owner Scott said “he offered a bandage to the letter carrier, but he told the commissioners he couldn’t spot any blood and the worker continued on her rounds.”
According to CBC News, “The woman (postal carrier) didn't want to make a big fuss about it, but her manager decided to file a police report on the dog attack based on Canada Post policies.” Based on her testimony to Windsor Police that she was bitten by the dog, the commissioners had unanimously voted to “uphold the danger designation as recommended by city administration."
“It’s a joke,” said Jason Scott after he learning of his failed appeal to have his dog deemed as a danger to the community.
“I don’t even know if they have muzzles that size — I just think it’s kinda silly, to the extreme.
“Everybody pets my dog because she’s so small and cute … she plays with kids all the time. “The dog is literally three pounds — it’s the size of an adult shoe.”
The city ordinance's orders were to have signs “conspicuously” posted at the doors of their home to read “WARNING: Dangerous Dog on Premises.” Molly also has to be microchipped to identify her as a dangerous dog.
According to the postal worker who wished to remain anonymous, was quoted as saying “I’m surprised … I felt if they appealed, things would be taken care of.”
|Mitzie Scott in her Riverside home in Windsor | Windsor Star News|
Melanie Coulter of the humane society, said “It would be nice if there was at least some room for discretion.” According to Melanie, with the new addition of Molly, there are now 24 names on Windsor's dangerous dog registry.