Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Ontario Pit Bull Owners Time Running OUT!

On the Canadian Kennel Club page tells 'The Real Impact of Ontario's Bill 132'.

News @ CKC
October 24, 2005
The Real Impact of Ontario's Bill 132
The passing of Bill 132 in Ontario in the Spring of this year was a particularly difficult day for dogs, not only in this Province but across Canada. The effective date of August 29th 2005 has come and gone. The true impact of this new law is, however, just about to begin.
There was a 60 day grace period to allow local municipalities, who will enforce the bill, to ramp up for administration needs and to allow owners of the defined dogs to comply with the regulations. Those sixty days are over October 27th.
If you are the owner of any one of the dogs defined in Bill 132, you need to pay attention now! Our website contains valuable summaries of the legislation. To review the legislation in detail, visit www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca. For clarification contact the Attorney General's office directly at (416)326-2220 or email michael.bryant@jus.gov.on.ca or mbryant.mpp@liberal.ola.org. Other BSL information can be reviewed in the 'News @ CKC' section of our website and by clicking here.
Already we have seen and involved ourselves in activity in London Ontario and Cambridge Ontario. General notices have been sent to owners of licensed dogs which in the eyes of Municipal employees appear to fit the Bill 132 definition of targeted breeds. These mailings give dog owners notice that compliance to Bill 132 is expected. This has been cause for tremendous concern on the part of owners of Am Staffs, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pitbull Terriers and dogs that have similar appearances but also with owners of breeds other than those in the definition, specifically the Bull Terrier.
In the next few weeks and months it is anticipated that more municipalities will begin to enforce Bill 132 and similar circumstances may occur. The result of local objection during public meetings in London generated a need for clarification from the Attorney General's office. That clarification was received by the London City Council and clearly indicates that it is a mistake to include the Bull Terrier, a breed that was inappropriately included as a banned breed by that local municipality. It may be that a similar defense for this breed and possibly others will be necessary in other communities across the Province.
In the next few weeks and months it is anticipated that more municipalities will pro-actively begin to enforce the bill. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that individuals and clubs are pro-active. We recommend that you continue to monitor the Agendas of your Municipal Council and that you stay aware of BSL issues in your communities. Municipal politicians generally respond best to feedback from their citizen tax payers. Be present at council meetings and be public with your views. Most importantly be knowledgeable. Be knowledgeable about Bill 132 and be knowledgeable about what you as a dog owner must do to comply.Our grace period is over. In spite of your efforts and those of the CKC, Bill 132 is now the law in the Province of Ontario.

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