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- Pitbull owner says breed specific legislation needs to change
Before Greg Bonito adopted his pitbull 'Spike' from the Niagara Falls SPCA, he believed all the hype.
He was very reluctant to welcome a breed of dog into his home that had a reputation for being aggressive and he had no intention of bringing a pitbull home to his family.
"I said 'no,' that's a pitbull. I don't want him."
But after taking him for a stroll around the block...his perceptions of the breed completely changed while sitting with him at a park bench and being overwhelmed with affection from the loving pooch.
- Dog issue raises ugly head - Fans of pit bulls protest to have ban put down
The last legal pit bulls in Ontario sat patiently muzzled at their owners' feet yesterday at a rally demanding an end to the four-year-old ban on the dogs.
"It's the deed not the breed," New Democrat MPP Cheri Di Novo said.
- Bill tabled to repeal Ontario's pit bull ban
A private member's bill calling on Ontario to reverse its pit-bull ban was introduced Wednesday in the Ontario legislature.
New Democrat Cheri DiNovo said the government's ban on the dogs has had "no real impact" on public safety and should be repealed.
"It's the deed not the breed," Ms. DiNovo said Wednesday at Queen's Park where several dozen pit bull owners gathered for a rally. "It's not the breed of the dog that causes a dangerous dog."
- Bully for Cheri DiNovo!
I'll spare you the Michael Bryant jokes circulating in Ontario's pit bull-loving circles.
All I will say is, the former Liberal attorney-general who championed the misguided legislation that banned bully breeds from the province at least gets a court hearing to defend himself from charges of ''criminal negligence causing death'' and ''dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death'' in connection with his fatal run-in with cyclist Darcy Sheppard.
Any pit bull charged with killing a person just biting gets an immediate date with the needle.
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An NDP MPP introduces a bill to have the province's law banning pit-bulls repealed.
- NDP MPP wants Ontario pit bull ban overturned
An NDP MPP has introduced a private member's bill that seeks to repeal the provincial ban on pit bulls.
Cheri DiNovo had some pit bull owners show up at Queen's Park with their muzzled dogs on Wednesday to show support for her effort.
"It's the deed, not the breed," DiNovo told reporters.
- People, not dogs, the problem: DiNovo
DiNovo tabled a bill Wednesday repealing the McGuinty government's breed specific aspect of the dangerous dog legislation.