Dave Smith plays with Diesel.
Dave Smith said Saturday the Central Okanagan Regional District rejected his plan to prevent the euthanasia of his German shepherd cross, Diesel.
"To the best of my knowledge, they will not be accepting my offer," Smith said.
Diesel has been caged in the regional district's pound ever since a judge declared the dog to be a dangerous animal following a fight with another dog.
Diesel was set to be euthanized, but Smith appealed the decision.
In December, the regional district offered Smith a proposal that Diesel could be released in an anonymous adoption to a rescue agency. The district also wanted Smith to pay its legal fees and apologize.
Smith countered the offer, asking that Diesel be released to him and declaring his intention to leave the Peachland area by summer 2013.
"In the offer, I told them if Diesel was outside the yard, he would be muzzled and leashed, and if he was inside, he would always be in a fenced area. I also offered to put Diesel in a dog training program," he said.
Smith gave the regional district until Jan. 18 to accept the offer.
He says he doesn't know how much the legal fight has cost him, but he estimates it has cost taxpayers in the regional district more than $70,000. He says he's been billed about $20,000 for Diesel's food and lodging.
"I wish the regional district had been reasonable," he said. "They could have done other things, but they chose to do what they did."
For now, Smith gets to visit Diesel only a half-hour each week.
"I tried for extra visitation, but the district denied it," Smith said.
He said the entire experience has been awful for him, but especially for Diesel.
"He's been caged up for 22 months. It's been horrible, and it's been a huge monetary and psychological cost to Diesel and his family."
Smith's case to save Diesel will go to court on Monday.