Olive was found in April 2016 wearing a muzzle. She had been abandoned and suffering from a prolapsed uterus, raising suspicions she had been raped and sexually abused by a human. Normally Olive would be taken to a shelter where she would be made available for adoption, but because Olive was deemed to be an illegal Pitbull-type dog she was scheduled to be put down. Now a campaign has been launched to have that decision overturned, arguing that Olive deserves the chance to have a happy home.
Those campaigners even tracked down Olive’s original owners, but they claim they had sold her years before and had nothing to do with her condition. But campaigners argue that only strengthens the case that Olive deserves a loving home after having suffered so much. They say that she isn’t technically a Pitbull-type dog, so she should be exempt from court order stating that she must be put down.
Alexis Atchison a dog trainer who is heading the campaign told reporters,
“We want her to live a normal life like any other dog. This is just ridiculous. A loving home awaits her but she’s not allowed to go to that loving home. She’s a great dog, a perfect dog. She’s been held prisoner for over two years.”
“Olive is the nation’s dog. She’s not just one person’s dog. She is loved by so many. She’s got an army behind her, there are so many people fighting for her.”
James Parry, a solicitor representing the campaigners, spoke about how Olive had likely been abused and used as part of a puppy farm, possibly explaining why her intestines and uterus were prolapsed.
“There was clearly one thing, that the dog was in a state that it should not have been,” he said.
Meanwhile the case, which has reached the high court, has had the recent finding that the campaigners may be considered a keeper for Olive, allowing them to take the fight even further. They have also created crowdfunding pages and social media accounts to help raise awareness and money to fund the legal fight as well as Olive’s veterinary bills.
The page has so far raised £8000, but needs to raise another £8500 to cover the police and legal costs.
The Met Police, when contacted, released the following statement:
“The Met Police can confirm they seized a stray dog called Olive, under Section 1 of the Dangerous Dogs Act, on Thursday 25 August 2016. This case went to the High Court and will return to Willesden Magistrates’ Court in September 2018 where deliberations will continue. The case remains active.”