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- Puppies arrive in Regina to avoid being euthanized due to Ontario's pit bull ban
REGINA - Like all dogs at the Regina Humane Society, Lucky T, Mohawk, Cowlick and Lola are waiting to find homes.
But if the three-month-old American Staffordshire terrier (pit bull)-cross puppies understood their circumstances, they might be happy just to have a temporary home in the shelter.
On Dec. 3, the puppies arrived in Regina from the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society (KWHS). Because of Ontario's ban on pit bulls and similar dogs, they could not stay in that province.
"If we hadn't taken them, they would have been euthanized simply because they are part pit bull," said Regina Humane Society (RHS) spokesman Don Simons.
- Ontario pit bull ban isn't working, Humane Society says
The provincial government bit off more than it could chew by dooming pit bulls as Ontario's worst people-biters, the Toronto Humane Society says.
Results of a survey of municipalities, released Wednesday, show no significant drop in dog bite cases since the government passed Breed Specific Legislation in 2005 that resulted in "countless" pit bulls and related Staffordshire Terriers being destroyed.
In a statement, the THS called on the provincial government to amend its Breed Specific Legislation and " stop the punishment of innocent animals.
- Giving pit bulls a break
Sometime in November, pit bulls will no longer be considered dangerous dogs in Delta without evidence of bad behaviour.
On Monday night, Delta council unanimously voted to give preliminary approval to an overhaul of a nine-year-old municipal animal control bylaw that will eliminate a section that automatically classifies all pit bulls and associated breeds as dangerous.
- 'Dog whisperer' says pit bull ban is bad news
TORONTO - Ontario's pit bull ban is an unfair law based on ignorance - because getting rid of a breed of dog doesn't get rid of the problem, says celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan.
Millan, known as the Dog Whisperer for his uncanny ability to solve canine behavioural problems, was in Toronto this week promoting his National Geographic Channel show and the recent DVD release of the first season's episodes.
"In the United States, in the '70s, they did the same thing to the Doberman. In the '80s they did it to the German shepherd, in the '90s they did it to the Rottweiler, and now they're doing it to the pit bull," he says.
- 'There are a lot of great pit bulls
'There are a lot of great pit bulls'
News is spreading among veterinarians of the recent shooting of a pit bull in Hudson. The incident has reinforced their view that the breed has become a victim of unfair breed profiling, the canine equivalent of racial profiling with humans.
"The fact is, there are a lot of great pit bulls out there and a lot of great pit bull owners," said Enid Stiles, a Beaconsfield vet and animal behaviourist.
This has been a tough summer for pit bulls in the Montreal region, with new controversies renewing calls at the municipal level to ban the breed.
"I get very angry when I hear about breed bans," said Amanda Glew, the Hudson vet who treated Zeus.
- PP introduces bill to lift five-year-old ban on pit bulls - Veterinarians urge law change to target aggressive dogs
Nearly five years after a controversial pit bull ban came into effect in Ontario, critics are still fighting to have the legislation overturned, arguing that it has led to the unwarranted deaths of hundreds of dogs yet has not decreased the number of dog attacks.
One of the people leading the fight is Ontario MPP Cheri DiNovo, who introduced a private member's bill Monday urging for the immediate removal of the amendment targeting pit bulls in the Dog Owner's Liability Act.
"This legislation is just so wrong-headed," said DiNovo, who represents a Toronto NDP riding. "This idea of mass euthanization of a particular breed due to silly legislation is simply cruel."
- Pit bull ban not reducing dog bites in Ont.: THS
Ontario's controversial pit bull ban has not resulted in a significant decrease in the number of dog bites in the province, the Toronto Humane Society claims in a study.
The pit bull ban, passed as an amendment to the Ontario Dog Owners Liability Act in 2005, banned the breeding, sale and ownership of pit bulls.
The ban was introduced as a public safety tool after a series of pit bull attacks in the province.
In announcing the plan to ban the breed, then attorney general Michael Bryant said in 2004 that pit bulls were "inherently dangerous animals" and "ticking time bombs."
But a statistical survey completed by the THS, which opposes breed-specific legislation and euthanizing animals, suggests that the ban on the breed has not reduced the number of dog bites in the province. It said the number of dog bites in the province has not significantly decreased since the ban came into effect.
"Countless" pit bulls and Staffordshire terriers have been euthanized because of the ban, the humane society said.
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