Court Rules Against Metis Sled Dog Owner

Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 14:02



A judge in Prince Albert has ordered a Metis sled dog owner to move his animals out of Duck Lake.


The ruling comes after months of bitter squabbling between the owner of the dogs, John Morriseau, and officials with the rural municipality who say the animals are too noisy.


Yesterday, a judge sided with the RM and told Morriseau the dogs would have to go.


The Metis man says he’ll comply with the order, but believes it may be racially-motivated.


He says non-Aboriginal sled dog owners in the same area are not being subjected to the same treatment he’s been given.


Morriseau adds he also doesn’t understand why the judge rendered his decision yesterday when it was supposed to come down on June 30th.


He says the sudden change of schedule halted his attempt to launch an appeal.