Monday, September 15, 2008

Lawyers want Ontario law banning pit bulls neutered

An appeal to Ontario's pit bull ban is being heard in court on Sept. 15th and 16th.
In late March, the provincial government claimed victory after the controversial law survived a constitutional challenge. But a judge did change the law in two ways by ruling the ban on "pit bull terriers" fails to refer to a specific type or breed of dog.

Under this law, pit bulls are defined as American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that looks similar. Owners need to have their dogs neutered, leashed, and muzzled in public or they face a maximum penalty of 6 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Probably a misguided law to begin with, disregarding the vague definition, since the demeanor of any dog (pit bull or not) depends on the training it receives, not its particular breed. Pit bulls I know tend to be the sweetest, most friendly dogs out there. A law like this will only increase the stigma already attached to owning one of these great dogs.

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