Jenni - posted on 04/25/2011 ( 412 moms have responded )
Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005 — Highlights
•On October 26, 2004 the McGuinty government introduced Bill 132 to amend the Dog Owners' Liability Act (DOLA), with related amendments to the Animals for Research Act (ARA).
•Bill 132 was passed by the Legislative Assembly as the Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005 on March 1, 2005. It received Royal Assent on March 9, 2005.
•The legislation bans pit bulls in Ontario, places restrictions on existing pit bulls, and toughens the penalties for the owners of any dog that poses a danger to the public.
•Ontario's pit bull ban took effect on August 29, 2005.
•All dog owners must comply with the amended requirements of DOLA and other provisions of law.
•Pit bull owners may keep their existing dogs, as long as they comply with certain requirements.
•The recent amendments to DOLA also contain tough new penalties for the owners of all potentially dangerous dogs, regardless of breed or type.
•Regulations made under the DOLA, as amended, came into effect on August 29, 2005. These regulations set out pit bull controls in detail. The regulations can be found at http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca
•The information below is provided to aid understanding of the legislation and does not constitute legal advice.
My personal thoughts: I agree with the ban (don't hate me owners lol). I do understand that there are individual temperments within the breed and some pitts can be extremely docile. Also, I think that it does have a lot to do with the training of the individual dog by the owners. I personally believe that the breed is inherently aggressive and if not under the care of responsible pet owners who understand the breed can pose a danger to humans and other pets. I hear a lot of people claiming there are many smaller breeds of dogs who can be far more aggressive than pits but the difference I see is the potential damage/death these much stronger dogs can inflict. Here are some stats on dog attack victims by breed:
Note attacks by pitbulls is around 3x higher than the rottweiler who comes in second for the most attacks by breed to the pit bull.
I also noticed in my research that mixed breeds of pit bulls and rottweilers virtually account for no attacks in comparison. Interesting. So is it only an issue with the pure breeds? I'm not sure how to interpret those stats, here they are if you want to take a look:
If that is the case do you think a better option to banning pit bulls would be to compromise and only ban purebred pit bulls?
Ok. I know this may be a hot topic for some but I'm curious about everyone's thoughts on the American Pit Bull. Is the breed inherently aggressive? Should the breed be banned?
Edited to add: I have changed my OS on this one. I started this thread to help understand any misconceptions I may have about the breed and whether or not the ban is justifiable. Thank you ladies for helping to clear up some of the public misconceptioins on the American Pitbull Terrier and mixes of the breed. I dont think owners who are responsible or the breed itself should be penalized for the crimes of some humans. I think there should be stricter penalities for those who fight dogs and that their should be stricter legistration on who can own larger breeds. I've always known that there are responsible owners as well who should be allowed to own this breed or other large breeds. It's just scary how many people out there abuse the breed. Tougher penalities for those individuals is imperative. Now go give your Pitties a big kiss for me. ;)