Cody the beloved dog of a Fort Street shop has been forced into early retirement. “It’s hard on him, he wants to do his job and greet customers,” business woman and Cody’s owner Charmaine Britton tells Victoria Buzz.
For 13 years, Cody’s “job” has been to welcome visitors to Charmaine’s Past and Present, on upper Fort Street. Many even coming by especially to pat the gentle pooch, whose favorite spot was in front of the store. “We have never had a complaint. Aside from one many years ago, where a small dog was panicked by his presence,” says Britton.
All that changed on Wednesday, May 11th, when Animal Control while responding to a stray cat issue, noticed Cody on the sidewalk, “he was sleeping when Animal Control saw him, he slept when animal control was here, and continued sleeping after they left,” explains Britton.
“I just want to go on record saying that we are 100% supportive of Animal Control, it’s needed and we are lucky to have them. There are many times when Animal Control is required, this perhaps isn’t crucial in terms of what is needed. We will however try now to keep him inside.”
Charmaine Britton was issued a warning, that requires Cody to be kept inside at all times, and only allowed on the sidewalk if he is on a leash that is held by a person. “We had to leave him home on Friday, because it was just too hard for him. He doesn’t understand why he can’t go outside, he’s been there for 13 years.”
According to CTV, Victoria City Council admits the encampment at the city’s courthouse violates bylaws every day, but that doesn’t mean smaller infractions should be overlooked.
“We never want to come to the point where people say Cody’s a cute dog, we love him, don’t enforce the law. But Rover isn’t as nice, why aren’t you ticketing him?” Coun. Charlayne Thornton-Joe told CTV.
The story hit social media last week, and the public response has overwhelmed the owner, “We are just appreciative of all the love and support we have had from everyone in the city. Thousands of people have contacted us and come in. Cody appreciates the visits too.”