WATCH: Huge outpouring of support for Cody the dog after City of Victoria by-law officers told his owner he couldn’t be on the sidewalk outside her shop.
A Victoria lawyer has written to City Hall, urging by-law officers to go easy on Cody the dog.
Cody has been a fixture outside his owner’s Fort Street business, Charmaine’s Past and Present Home Collection, for more than 13 years.
But the friendly golden retriever has been targeted by by-law officers because Cody likes to lie on the sidewalk in front of the shop.
After our story about Cody aired on Tuesday, a lawyer who works nearby decided to write to the City asking that Cody be given a life-long exemption so that he can return to ‘his rightful place’ on sidewalk where he likes to greet customers and people passing by.
“He’s a very special circumstance and anybody that comes up and down Fort Street knows that,” lawyer Mark Norton says. “He doesn’t get in anybody’s way he has a great demeanor a great personality and I think in this rare circumstance Council should make an exception for Cody.”
Cody’s owner says that she knew her dog was popular, she had no idea so many people would come out in support of them.
“It’s overwhelming to say the least,” Charmaine Britton says. “We have been flooded with people coming in and offering their support and just really rallying behind Cody so we’re every so grateful — who knew Cody had so many supporters! We’ve had responses from as far away as South Africa.”
A petition called ‘Bring Back Cody’ has also been launched.