Save Innocent Dog from Being Put to Death


Target: City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate

Goal: Save innocent dog from being killed for no legitimate reason

A two-year-old Shar Pei named Hugo was found wandering around without a leash after somehow getting out of his home’s backyard. After Hugo approached another dog and its owner, he was reported to the local council and transported to the pound. Lynette MvIlveen, Hugo’s owner, was then notified that the City of Gold Coast has decided that Hugo would be “destroyed” due to the reported incident. The council’s decision to put Hugo down is based on the following reasons: 1) Hugo had not been kept in accordance with the conditions of a regulated dog. 2) Hugo was not kept in an enclosure and was sighted wandering at large on the reported time and date. 3) Hugo was subject to a compliance whereby he was found to be responsible for “rushing at a dog and its owner” on the reported time and date.

Currently, Hugo is still being held at the pound where he is kept in a concrete enclosure. Although McIlveen was granted permission to visit him for a very short period of time once, she was prevented from physically touching him to ease his fears and stress. The council has spoken with the McIlveen family and will inform them of Hugo’s fate on the day he is scheduled to be put down.

This story has sparked outrage across the community and social media. The “Save Hugo” Facebook page has so far accumulated over 4,600 likes and supports have tweeted “#saveHugo” on Twitter in a protest against the City of Gold Coast with so many people rallying for Hugo’s safe return, there is hope that the innocent dog will eventually be able to reunite with his family.

Please sign this petition to save an innocent dog’s life and to urge the City of Gold Coast to return him to his family.


Dear Mayor Tate,

Hugo the dog did not do anything wrong to justify his being put to death. He had not bitten anyone. He only wandered away from his home without a leash on and went up to another dog and its owner. I do not understand why this would warrant such a harsh punishment. This is no reason to take Hugo away from his loving family who sorely miss him and are trying their best to appeal this rash decision. As Hugo’s owner said, he does not deserve to die.

Please reconsider your decision and allow Hugo to return to his family.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Save Hugo via Facebook

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  1. Claire Clarke says:


  2. Ravinder Singh says:

    The person who has given decision is also without leash. I am sure he is not sitting on his chair with leash around his neck. Give him the same sentence to him and put him on leash so that he does not bite these animals.

  3. Please authorities………..have compassion for the dog and its family because of a error/accident of the dog getting loose. Our animals are part of our family and the loss of his death is just more than one could stand especially since the only crime was he got loose ran up to someone (but no one was bitten) PLEASE PLEASE GIVE HIM AND HIS FAMILY A SECOND CHANCE FOR HIM TO LIVE. TO DIE BECAUSE OF THIS SUCH A SMALL INFRACTION IS CRAZY AND SHOULDN’T HAPPEN!!!!

  4. Reyna Cruzado Reyna Cruzado says:

    Please save Hugo! don’t be a murder!

  5. A sharpei for god’s sake? He was probably rushing the dog and owner in a friendly manner. How come authorities don’t take the reverse stance? ” Oh poor guy, he seems lost, let’s see if we can find his humans for him.” Does the stupidity of law enforcement know no bounds?! This is a travesty.

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