"It's a very small town and I think her neighbors have kind of teamed up against her," Melissa Di Stefano, a friend of Rogier's, tells The Dodo.
Rogier has been battling serious health concerns lately - made worse by the battle she's been waging against the City of Halifax to get her dog back.
"She just doesn't have the strength any more," Di Stefano says. "It's really just ruined her life."
Brindi's health may also be in grave question.
Back in 2012, the last time Rogier heard any news about Brindi, the dog was found to be suffering from a serious problem with her pancreas.
A particularly macabre aspect of the case is that Rogier only knows Brindi is alive because the legal machinery keeps lurching forward. The court battle that has taken so much from Rogier has also become a perverse kind of comfort.
"There's no news since 2012, and yet the court proceedings still go on," Di Stefano says. "So I have to assume if the court proceedings are still going on then Brindi has to be alive."