Premier McGuinty defends ban as pit bull puppies become illegal at 17:41 on November 28, 2005, EST.
TORONTO (CP) - The province's ban on pit bulls is a "matter of public safety," Premier Dalton McGuinty said Monday as the second phase of the law took effect to make pit bull puppies illegal - and facing a potential death sentence.
The second part of the ban means all pit bull puppies born from now on must be destroyed, given to a research facility, or shipped out of the province.
"Not only was it wise and good public policy, in terms of safety and security, it's also ... one of the most popular things our government has done - just so you know where the majority of the public stands on this issue," McGuinty told Hamilton radio station CHML.
The province "consulted long and hard" on this issue, he said.
The first part of the ban, which came into effect at the end of August, required all pit bulls to be leashed, muzzled and sterilized. Dogs already in the province are grandfathered.
Breeders have resorted to shipping their breeding dogs or puppies out of the province to avoid the ban, while humane societies have warned they'll be forced to euthanize pit bull puppies simply for being born.
Jennifer Windh, founding director of Barlee's Angels animal rescue, which focuses on finding homes for pit bulls, said some dogs are being sent out west, but there are few homes available.
"It's a drop in the bucket," Windh said. "My guess would be that for every one they can find a spot for outside of Ontario, there's probably another thousand that won't."
"It's not really an option, so they're going to be put down, like they already are."
Another problem is that some puppies will be identified as pit bulls, even if they aren't, since their features aren't fully developed until later in life, Windh said.
"Any dog they think is a pit bull is going to be put down," she said.
The government implemented the ban after a spate of vicious attacks by pit bulls on people and other dogs.
Windh and others dispute the figures on attacks since many dogs are mistakenly identified as pit bulls.
The law faces a constitutional challenge led by famed defence lawyer Clayton Ruby, who has called the ban "unconstitutionally vague" and "overly broad."
The government won't sit back and watch the law get attacked, McGuinty said Monday.
"We'll do whatever is necessary to ensure that we can protect the legislation and thereby protect the public," he said.
The ban outlaws pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, and any dog "that has an appearance and physical characteristics substantially similar to any of those dogs."
Monday, November 28, 2005
Times up! Anyone who's Pit bull gives birth have cost the pups their life due to the ban. I HOPE people in Ontario have been following the law closely. It shocks me the amount of people I talk to that aren't aware of all that is going on with the Pit bulls. I'm talking about Pit bull owners.
Pit Bull Births Now Banned in Ontario
Monday, November 28, 2005 3:36 PM
Pit bulls now born in Ontario face a death sentence.
The Ontario Government's ban on pit-bull type dogs says they must be destroyed if born in the province.
The legislation allowed dogs to be born before today, as long as they are leashed and muzzled in public and sterilized.
Owners who break the law can be fined up to 10-thousand dollars and be sentenced to six months in jail.
Dogs transformed into loving pets
Nov. 28, 2005. 01:00 AM
Urban thug accessory
Finally, the Star gets it right — and in a grand fashion. As an owner of a joyful, 30-pound purebred Staffordshire bull terrier named Pixie, I want to thank Jennifer Wells and the Star for running a long feature about the true cost of Ontario's ill-conceived pit bull ban.
One thing I would add to Wells's insightful article: She accurately points out that the American pit bull terrier (APBT) was originally created for dog fighting. This fact is frequently used by politicians who want to portray APBTs as dangerous. But these same politicians, who are usually woefully ignorant about dogs and dog breeding, ignore two vital facts.
One: Ethical breeders of purebred, kennel-club-registered APBTs, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriers, have spent decades (and many, many dog generations) transforming these former combatants into loving, stable pets. In almost every case of a so-called "pit bull" attack, the offender is actually a mixed-breed mutt of indeterminate breed origin.
The second point: Half of the world's breeds were originally created for an aggressive or violent purpose. Karelian bear dogs hunted bears, while Rhodesian ridgebacks hunted lions. Anatolians, Kuvasz and Komondors defended flocks against predators. Dobermans were created to protect a tax collector from unhappy citizens and bullmastiffs were designed to tackle poachers on England's large estates.
Virtually every single terrier — the word comes from the latin "terra," meaning earth - was created to attack other animals, usually by going down into dark burrows and warrens. Yes, even the bow-bedecked little Yorkie. The "bull and terrier" breeds have a distant, violent past, but the same can be said for dozens, if not hundreds, of other breeds.
Eric Sparling, Waterdown, Ont.
My brother Bill, who knows how stressed and sick I've been sent me an email with a picture trying to give me a bit of a giggle. I must say it helped, so thought perhaps some of you might need a giggle too.
Thanks Bill!!! Luv you! xoxoxxo
Sunday, November 27, 2005
From the Toronto Star comes this article.
Pit Bulls: Urban thug accessory
Nov. 27, 2005. 08:05 AM
Here I am. By the skin of my dastardly sharp puppy teeth,I say. All four pounds of me. Phat Boy. That's my name. Don't you love it? Phat as in cool, because I'm way cool and — here's a huge break in my favour — born before the deadline beyond which puppies born in this province will be euthanized. That would be — hold on, let me check my Daytimer — tomorrow!
No, not all puppies. Just "pit bulls," which, I have been advised, includes me. Grr.
I'm going to show you my sad face. Watch this. I'm wrinkling my brow and my eyes are drooping. My owner says I have character. In spades, I say.
I may be small but I'm not stupid. I've been thinking deeply for weeks about this pit bull ban, when I haven't been deeply napping and when I haven't been deeply plotting how to steal that biscuit from the toy poodle over there. After all this thinking I've got just one question: why won't you love me?
As Sylvia Barkey answers the door at Toad Hall, her 80-hectare spread north of Claremont, a 58-pound caramel-coloured Staffordshire bull terrier with a head the size of a basketball comes bounding forward in greeting, flops over and waits for a scratch. His name is Hannibal the Cannibal. It's a joke. Still, people are so jittery about the dog issue these days that Barkey has taken to calling him "Hanney" in public.
The Barkeys have about 200 horses here — they lease horses to kids' camps and run an auction barn — and 150 or so head of cattle. They run a gas station in town too. For 30 years Sylvia Barkey has been breeding Staffordshires, including the most titled Staffordshire in the world (his name is Domino and he lives in Mexico). Barkey has sold a Staffie to Ray Romano, of Everybody Loves Raymond fame, and to a reportedly very cute Tommy Hilfiger underwear model. And then there's Phat Boy, or Rolona's Phat Boy, son of Rolona's Rest in Pieces, or RIP for short.
The breed, contrary to the spoofing names that Barkey bestows upon her dogs, is renowned for its loving temperament. Advocates point out that in the United Kingdom, Staffies are known as the Nanny dog for precisely this quality. And yet, in compliance with Bill 132, an act to amend the Dog Owners' Liability Act, the Staffordshire bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, the American pit bull terrier, pit bulls, and any dogs that may appear to be pit bulls, are categorized as pit bulls and are thereby banned.
The province's pit bull ban came into effect in August. As part of the legislation, a grace period grandfathered pups born 90 days from that date. Hence tomorrow's deadline.
The story, however, will not die. The definition of what constitutes a pit bull remains elusive, statistics supporting the ban remain ephemeral, breeders of pure bred dogs lament that they have been unfairly singled out, stray puppies are being airlifted out to safety and the ban's objective — protecting the public — may not, after all that, be achieved. Oh, and a constitutional challenge has been launched, arguing that the ban contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Because of the court challenge, the attorney general's office would not comment for this story.
On this morning, snow has lightly dusted the ground, Hannibal is sitting in his favourite chair by the window, and Phat Boy is trying to wrest a small, pyjama clad Sylvester the cat from a toy poodle named Itsy, also known as It's a Bit Bonkers.
Barkey is wearing an "Unlearn" T-shirt upon which a color palette of pink and brown and beige and tan and black marches across her chest. Under each coloured square is the word "fleshtone" and as she points to each square she sighs an exasperated sigh and likens the ban to being stigmatized by colour or race. "It's stupid and unliberal," she says, contending that breed bans don't, in fact, work.
Barkey argues that the ban will do nothing to prevent someone from finding a big dog of another breed and turning into a big bad dog. "They're going to be walking down the street with their balls hanging down to their knees and no muzzle on," she said. She meant the dogs.
Back to me. Observe. Delightful white coat. None of that brindle colouring that my breeder finds so uninteresting. Deep tan markings — I prefer to call them highlights — around each eye and my tail and even, and I really like this part, my shoulders. Smokin'. I think I look like something right out of Disney.
I'm so damned adorable that my owner decided not to sell me after all because I'm headed for the show ring. And to think! She could have made $1,200 had she gone through with the sale. Hey. Staffies don't come cheap.
I know. It's immensely amusing that my owner's surname is "Barkey."
Look, I'm not making light of this whole mess. I don't like those bad dogs any more than you do. I'm just sayin', I'm being made to be the fall guy here. And I ask you, Is that fair?
In the pre-dawn hours of Aug. 28, 2004, a 25-year-old man was viciously mauled by two pit bulls he had been walking for their owner near Church and Isabella Sts. Police shot both dogs and ultimately suffocated one with a mattress. On the front page of the Star the next day a witness called the scene "a bloodbath." Sgt. Greg Cole described what he saw: "I believe the dogs were sort of working their way up — from his feet up — had they gotten to his neck who knows what would have happened."
The attack came within two weeks of an attack on a man in Thorold and a week after a woman's dog was attacked in Toronto. The mauling at Isabella became the last straw in what was starting to look like, or be portrayed as, a rampaging urban menace.
Within days, Attorney General Michael Bryant announced that the province was considering a province-wide pit bull ban. "Some animals," he said, "amount to nothing less than dangerous weapons." His comments spurred an intense reaction from the public. Bryant would later say that his office was flooded with emails (the attorney general's office tallied more than 5,000) and telephone calls from people "informing me of pit bull incidents that had never been reported, and pit bull owners, of course, expressing their concerns."
Accompanying the initial story was a chart, compiled from reports of dog attacks that had appeared in the media. Of 15 attacks cited, the greatest number — six — were Rottweiler bites. Five were pit bulls. One of the most gruesome attacks was the death of a Stouffville girl by a 130-pound bullmastiff in 1998.
It would be fair to point out that such a report lacks any statistical validity. In the case of dog attacks, the devil is in the statistics, or rather the lack of them. An oft-cited figure for the number of annual dog bites in Canada comes from the Canada Safety Council, with an estimate of 460,000 bites per year. But, says Ethel Archard, spokesperson for the council, "We have based our estimates on extrapolations... they're really rough."
The council based its figure on a Quebec coroner's report released in 1999, which had documented bite reports from Quebecers in 1997 and 1998. The statistics were not, however, broken down by breed, though the council did cite a number of high-profile maulings, two involving Rottweilers, one involving "mastiff-cross dogs" and a fourth by a dog whose breed was not identified. "We have been concerned for a number of years that there are no national statistics," says Archard. "We don't have statistics on the breeds involved, whether they're licensed animals or not... whether they are neutered or spayed." The last point, adds Archard, is a known factor in dog aggression; one American study found that "sexually intact dogs are more than two and a half times more likely to bite than neutered dogs." More recently, the Canadian Institute for Health Information conducted a tally of people visiting Ontario hospital emergency wards because of dog-related injuries. In 2003-2004, 10,883 made trips to the emergency department. Of those injuries, 85 per cent occurred in the home.
The need for hard data has been apparent for years. After the death of the girl in Stouffville, an inquest was held and subsequent jury recommendations included the implementation of a centralized database by the provincial government for reporting dog bites. That didn't happen.
In October, 2004, the McGuinty government introduced Bill 132. On Aug. 29 of this year, the amendments to the Dog Owners' Liability Act came into effect, banning all "pit bulls" while making restrictions for those dogs already resident in the province and those born prior to Nov. 28. Among the requirements to be met by owners of so-called "restricted" pit bulls is that they be sterilized, muzzled and leashed. (Some latitude around the sterilization requirement was made, including allowing the dog owner to wait until the pup is 36 weeks of age, or, in the case of an old and infirm dog for whom an anaesthetic may be too much to bear, to skip the sterilization requirement altogether.) Fines to owners of dogs deemed dangerous and thereby posing a threat to public safety were increased to $10,000, and jail sentences can now be imposed of up to six months for those same owners.
Toronto Mayor David Miller said he supported the government's "swift action," which he applauded as "the best solution... to keep Ontarians safe from dangerous dogs."
One of the jurisdictions Ontario looked to in crafting its legislation was Winnipeg. "We were seeing a large number of pit bull related incidents," says Tim Dack, chief operating officer of the city's animal services agency. Similar to Toronto, there was a particularly horrific attack, this one involving a nine-year-old girl in 1989. The city's pit bull ban went into effect in June, 1990, and, says Dack, the city has seen no bites from pit bulls in the past two years.
Does this suggest that breed specific bans work? Animal rights groups have consistently said "No," and have persistently argued that banning a breed will only result in the numbers of bad biters increasing elsewhere in the canine chain. Their voices have been joined by those of breeders, animal shelter workers, veterinarians and kennel clubs.
"Dog trainers are not usually considered animal rights activists and they're usually at odds with one another," says Julie King, who runs a computer consulting firm, breeds Staffordshire bull terriers as a hobby and was one of many to make an anti-ban presentation to the legislative committee on Bill 132. The Staffie, she says, is not a "pit bull," but making that argument "can be taken in the wrong light to mean we can support the ban as long as you don't include us." The cultural battle lines were thus roughly drawn between the disparate dog community on the one side, and pro-ban politicians on the other, each backed to varying degrees by members of the public who may or may not be possessed of the facts.
To return to the Winnipeg example, 28 bites by "pit bull type" dogs were recorded in the city in 1989; 34 bites by German Shepherds were recorded in the same year.
One of the most irksome issues in the "pit bull" saga is that there is no such breed, a point on which players on all sides of the debate readily agree. There is no dispute, however, that the American pit bull terrier, by example, was developed more than 100 years ago with the precise intention of pit fighting. Stamina. Aggression. Strength. A high pain threshold. Tenacity. "It's not a great surprise that border collies like to herd things and retrievers like to retrieve things," says Shelagh MacDonald, program director for the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. "You cannot ignore what the breed was inherently created for."
Yet MacDonald is of the view that a breed ban, "is not going to solve the problem ... There have been incidents with Akitas, Rottweilers. A couple of decades ago, Dobermans were the biggies. Where do you draw the line?"
A report published in 2000 by Vet Med Today, an American publication, assessed available data over time and reported that in 1979-1980, Great Danes caused the most reported dog-bite-related fatalities. Measured across a longer period (1975-1980), the German Shepherd dog was responsible for the highest number of fatalities. In 1997-98, the latest data reported in the study, Rottweilers were the most commonly reported breed in fatal attacks.
Still, in that same year, Rottweilers and "pit bull type dogs" together accounted for 67 per cent of human fatalities, which certainly suggests, said the report, a "breed-specific problem."
Attorney General Michael Bryant echoed the disproportionate weighting of attacks prior to passing of Bill 132. "`[L]ow number/high attacks' spells danger," he told the Legislature.
To those who argue that a breed ban is not an effective way to control dog behaviour, Bryant argued that there must be an exception to that general principle. "Are we," he asked, "going to risk having these ticking time bombs out there in the province of Ontario?"
The Canada Safety Council offers this answer. "For people who want aggressive dogs, if there's a particular breed that they're not allowed to have, they'll find something else," says the council's Ethel Archard.
Is the issue the breed or the owner? If common characteristics are unneutered male dogs that can be trained to be aggressive, there are innumerable breeds to turn to for potential nasty-dogs. Shelagh MacDonald tosses some suggested names onto the list: the Argentine Dogo, the Fila Brasileiro, and the Perro de Presa Canario. The latter made headlines in January, 2001, when two Presa Canarios fatally mauled Diane Whipple outside her San Fancisco apartment. The incident drew blazing international headlines, and the first-ever murder conviction in the case of a dog mauling in the state of California. More than 30 witnesses testified that they had been terrorized by the pair of dogs.
It was 4 in the morning, Friday, Nov. 18, when Operation Puppy Rescue was engaged. A worker with the Hamilton-Burlington SPCA drove up to the back entrance of the city's animal control facility and spirited away six pit bull puppies, all under four months of age.
"They had to be on a 7:15 flight and WestJet needed them two hours early so they had to be at Pearson at 5:15," says president Jim Sykes. We've all been there.
The puppies were strays, destined under the new legislation for either euthanization or a research facility registered under the Animals for Research Act. A third option is an out-of-province transfer by a pound. Sykes found a welcoming home with the British Columbia SPCA in Victoria. "We had a couple of e-mails from people who said if donations were going to be used to ship genetically defective animals on vacation they weren't going to support us any longer, " he says.
The majority of SPCA donors were supportive, including the four who paid the $400 puppy freight. Sykes believes there exists still a lack of public awareness of the life and death decisions now being made.
"I think people who just want to abandon them are going to do it now."
The deadline has left the Staffordshire breeders feeling bereft. Julie King says she will follow the ban directive and will breed no more. Sylvia Barkey has dogs placed out of the province, which leaves her with breeding options outside of the legislation. Sitting at her kitchen table, with now five dogs bounding about, she can't help but express her frustration.
"The legislation is not protecting anybody," she says.
"The people who are having a fit about this aren't the bad people who dumped their dogs in the pound and then went and got something different. The people who are upset about this are people who love their pets."
I wouldn't hurt a flea. Oh go on. Pick me up. I just want to nuzzle in that neck of yours. Gently! No, I don't know how that sock ended up lying across Itsy's back. I've got other things on my mind. Like my professional career, which I'm thinking of launching in about six months or so, after I've bulked up a bit and after I've learned how to listen and after I've figured out when not to piddle.
You should come and see me some time. I may be one of the last Staffordshires born in the province. Ever. My owner predicts that I'm destined to be a fabulous ambassador. But for what? Now I understand what humans mean when they talk about a "dying breed."
Barkey, King and the rest of the dog fraternity can but wait now for the constitutional challenge to Bill 132. Court dates have been set. Commencing May 14 lawyer Clayton Ruby — who perhaps could have been described as a pit bull before the term became so incendiary — will argue in Superior Court that the legislation is overbroad in part due to the provision that allows for the imprisonment of owners who do not obey the law. The legislation, he continues, "is not tailored to the harm the government is seeking to prevent."
The harm, of course, is dog attacks. "There are people who really want vicious dogs and they train them to be vicious and they breed them to be vicious," says Ruby. "Those people, when they can no longer have pit bulls they will move to Rottweilers or shepherds or corgis."
The corgi reference is not in jest. The list of banned or restricted breeds in Italy has gown upward of 90, including the Queen's own, though any thoughts that the corgi could become a cultural brand for urban toughs the way pit bulls have is amusingly absurd.
Similarly, the image of Phat Boy as an urban thug accessory seems equally surreal. Look at him. Sitting there.
Rambled by Conners at Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
There is some talk about Clayton Ruby working Pro bono, this is just a RUMOUR. I think someone or some government is trying to get people from sending in donations and buying articles to raise the fees we need to pay Clayton Ruby.
Please continue to support them and our cause. We despererately need the money coming in and these are the site for the
Banned Aid Coalition:
Dog Legislation Council of Canada
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Canada
American Staffordshire Terrier Club of Canada
Golden Horseshoe American Pit Bull Terrier Club
Advocates for the Underdog
Don't let the people or peoples responsible for this rumour get to you. It's FALSE! FALSE! FALSE! We NEED your help desperately to pay Clayton Ruby.
Rambled by Conners at Saturday, November 26, 2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
The FIRST??? I don't think they have their facts straight, but isn't that typical of the media! So let's get this straight. If this dog is NOT a Pit bull type, it will be ordered to be muzzled, but not put down. If it IS a Pit bull type, it's history. I guess THAT'S what PIT BULL BAN means! Story here.
Bylaw Investigates Dog Attack Josh Pringle Wednesday, November 23, 2005 3:28 AM
Ottawa Bylaw Services is trying to determine whether a dog that attacked a woman in the south-end is a pit bull.
The 43-year-old woman says she was walking her dog when a pit-bull type dog charged out of a neighbours home and attacked her dog.
Cheryl Hume needed 20 stitches to close the wounds to both of her hands.
Bylaw Services says it is the first attack involving a pit-bull type dog since Ontario's ban on the breed came into effect.
Officials have ordered the dog leashed and muzzled at all times when outside and are trying to determine if the dog falls under the pit bull legislation and whether it must be destroyed.
Rambled by Conners at Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
It's getting more pitiful every day. Our dogs are dying one way or another. It makes me sick to my stomach that human kind can stoop this low. The story is in the newsdurhamregion.com.
Pit bull puppy shot, strangled in Bowmanville Humane Society seeking information after attack
Nov 21, 2005 By Jennifer Stone
BOWMANVILLE -- The Durham Region Humane Society is seeking information after a pit bull-type puppy was shot and strangled in Bowmanville over the weekend.
The Humane Society was called Sunday to a Bragg Road property where the dead animal was found.
“There was an about eight-month-old pit bull type puppy tied to a tree, off the road, and it appears to have been shot and maybe strangled,” said Humane Society investigator Debby Houghton. The noose around the dog’s neck was tied in such a way that it would tighten every time the dog struggled, she said.
“The person who tied it around the tree knew what they were doing,” said Ms. Houghton, noting it appears a projectile nicked the tree, then entered the puppy’s body.
A post-mortem is being performed in Guelph to determine exactly what caused the dog’s death.
Ms. Houghton said the terrible way the dog died brings to light the issue surrounding new rules regarding pit bulls. Under new Provincial law, while current pit bull owners to keep their dogs, but they will be prohibited from breeding or acquiring new pit bulls. Current pit bulls will also have to be leashed and muzzled while in public, and must be spayed or neutered. As well, the legislation indicates that if a pit bull is picked up by animal control officers for any reason -- abandonment, running loose, cruelty -- regardless of temperament, it cannot be re-adopted out and must be euthanized. So, Ms. Houghton worries that people are going to find other ways to get rid of the animals.
“I think this is just the beginning of it,” she said. “Animal control is going to be inundated by this type of stuff.”
The puppy appeared to have been in otherwise good condition, apart from the injuries sustained in this weekend’s incident, said Ms. Houghton. But, the state of the animal when found was horrifying, she noted
“If people were to see the pictures I’m looking at right now, I think they would be very upset,” she said.
Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the Durham Region Humane Society at 905-432-2022, ext. 1.
Rambled by Conners at Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
In the The Albuquerque Tribune
Real Life Role Models: A perfect gentleman
By Erik SiemersTribune Reporter November 21, 2005
Frankie the therapist meets with the women each day.
They've been homeless and victims of some form of abuse. They seem to find comfort in Frankie.
They can talk to Frankie. He listens to them. His support is unwavering.
In many ways, he's like them.
Frankie the therapy dog sidles up to residents gathered for a therapy session at Tierra del Sol, a residential treatment program for homeless women. Frankie often sits in with residents to provide comfort during stressful and emotional sessions. (Stacia Spragg-Braude/Special to the Tribune)
The women and Frankie are each subject to stereotypes. They've all been through hardships and abuse. They've traveled a long, hard road to where they are now.
It's serious work for therapist Frankie.
"He takes it very, very seriously," says Rutledge Beard, herself a case manager and therapist who just happens to be Frankie's owner.
Frankie the therapist is also Frankie the American Staffordshire Terrier - one of the breeds commonly known as pit bulls.
A certified therapy dog, 3-year-old Frankie is a daily fixture at Tierra del Sol, a northwest Albuquerque residential treatment program for homeless women run by Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless.
The facility houses, at the moment, 14 women and five of their children. They stay an average of nine months, learning how to break patterns of substance abuse and rebuild their independence.
The dog with eyes that match his caramel-colored coat is himself a castoff.
At just over a year old he was found on Louisiana Boulevard by the wife of Beard's veterinarian.
He had been thrust from the back of a pickup and dragged by a trailing camper.
Meanwhile, the pickup with California plates rolled on, Beard said.
"Several vets pieced him back together," she said.
Frankie is now certified by the Delta Society, a Bellevue, Wash.-based group that has registered 8,000 teams of therapy animals and owners across the world.
In Frankie, the women have a constant friend and someone to talk to without ever judging them, Beard said.
"He's like a big buddy," Beard said. "A lot of the women have only had negative touch in their lives."
Women who refused to communicate with other adults would instead open up to Frankie, Beard said.
Residents with nothing to give would find a way to give treats to Frankie.
He takes naps with them, waits for them on green lawn chairs outside their apartments, and nuzzles his heavy, muscular body against them when he hears them become agitated.
But in his own way, he's a role model exemplifying how stereotypes can be wrong.
He's just one of 22 pit bull breeds to be a certified therapy animal, Beard said, an achievement that seems to shatter notions about the breed being among the dog world's most dangerous.
"Theories about them being out of control or loaded guns aren't true," said Beard of Frankie, the pink-nosed dog that's scared of her two chickens.
Jesus Rivas, a Columbus, Ohio-based documentary filmmaker, used Frankie as a vehicle for a film aiming to show that so-called dangerous dogs aren't always dangerous.
Rivas, who has worked with National Geographic, hopes to shop the unfinished film both to his old employer and places like the Animal Planet network.
"One thing I tried to push in the film is not only that dogs are not that dangerous," he said, "but also that we need to realize they don't know how to speak our language. They have a dog language that is different from our language. Their language is a symbolic, physical language."
Rambled by Conners at Monday, November 21, 2005
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Believe it or not, she like it. She can drink with it on, take small snacks thru it and even give kisses (kind of) thru it...only naturally they aren't wet and sloppy. LOL
She can yawn, pant and noneof the metal touches her. Around the snout is black leather and inside of it is white felt to protect it. I gave her a choice which one she wanted to wear and she went to that one.
This far, we have not have ANY negative feedback and only positive as people can see she is sweet. People feel very sorry for her when they first see it on her, but as I show them all she can do, they are quite impressed and quickly ask me where I bought it.
I don't even think I will paint it or do any of the things I was going to do except add a flower clip or her butterfy clip to it. Wn outside, she has on her vest which makes her look even more less threatening.
I take her out in confidence now and never thing to move off the sidewalk with her now that I know my rights. I'm thinking of taking a yellow highliter to the part of our rights when in public and also the part about harassment, both verbally and physically. Then if I DO get something rude said to us, I have it right there to show them.
Actually, I received a snail mail from Michael Bryant with that all written in it, so what better thing to show them but a letter from the Atorney General of Ontario to point it out to beligerant rude people.
I walk her proudly and confidently now. What excuse have people got to be afraid now that she is muzzled and on a leash. If they are, they can cross the street because we have every right to be there and I will make sure I tell them so.
Nobody is going to insult my baby and me because of her breed. I KNOW my rights and if it comes down to it, I will use them until the ignorant people understand I will NOT stand for their insults!
Today I put on her pulling harness, her new vest and attacked her to the wagon. Yes! The snow all melted the same day of the morning of Canada's Winterland, so it's back to the wagon again.
Today after taking her to all the stores to buy nescessities, we had to go to the pet store to buy something. Well, she was being so good all day (you know, her basically normal self) and with her helping me, I told her in the pet store she could pick out one small treat. Wouldn't you know it, she went straight to the largest Dino Bone there was and kept nudging it with her muzzle. How could I resist?! After all, she did do a fantastic job bring all my groceries home. She deserved it!
Rambled by Conners at Sunday, November 20, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
Poor Shasta is so exausted from taking care of me and helping with my new web site, I just had to show you all how hard she worked. shhhh...
Being sick gave me time to sit around and play on the computer when I wasn't sleeping, so I took advantage of it with Shasta at my side and bought me some web space.
Not to be mistaken for my DEFEND-A-BULL BLOG, my web site is called DEFEND-A-BULL and I hope you all come and check it out and leave me plenty of guest book entries!!!
Now there will be no more of not being able to view my pages in peak times and waiting an hour. I can go crazy now! LOL I just have to learn a few thing like how to find my ftp page so I can add the files I uploaded onto it...but one day my head will clear and I will figure it out. LOL
Please come visit!
Rambled by Conners at Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
There's one incident I'm talking about that is so sad that I cried when I heard from the owner. Her dog is young and friendly and hadn't quite got the hang of manners yet. When he got excited to a friendly face, he would nip at the sweater or jacket playfully.
I know even with Shasta, I had to teach her not to jump up when I first came home. She didn't nip, but with my skin, the slightest thing would tear my skin. Even a simple scratch from myself and I looked like I took glass to my arms and slashed.
I solved my problem by buying bandaides to be prepared and since then have only used one. LOL That was months ago.
Well, with this pup, and this was befor the muzzling came in, an elderly woman went to pat the pup. The pup nipped the womans sweater and nobody was aware of anything until they spotted some blood on the sweater. Obviously, the nip went beyond the sweater.
The dog was taken away for observation for 10 days (or so they said), incase of rabies, etc. The owner had to go to court as well as the elderly woman and the senior decided to press charges. Now this pup is destined to be put to sleep.
We are hoping that a neighbouring province or state would see if they could have the dog transfered there and give it a good home. This is a friendly pup with a loving family and yes it is a Pit bull.
As much as the owner loving her dog, she is so devistated that she would naturally want it to live and play out it's natural life even if it isn't with her.
If I was in this situation with Shasta, I would want Shasta to be happy even if my heart was broken and in this case the woman's heart is breaking either way. Perhaps if someone could save her dog, they could keep communication with letters and pictures.
If you know of a rescue out of Ontario, Canada that would be willing to try to transfer this pup, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rambled by Conners at Thursday, November 17, 2005
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
There are people, even family members, that don't understand because I laugh and have fun, that there is something seriously wrong with my body that no cure is available. It's one reason, I am fighting soooo hard to get Shasta trained and certified as my Service/Therapy Dog.
Well for those healthy people that have family or friends that are in the same position as me, I have a message for you.
A letter to a well person
To whom it may concern,
Having and living with various chronic health conditions, as with any invisible chronic illness means that your life as you once knew it is changed. Just because you can't see those changes doesn't mean they are not there and felt by us.
Most people don't understand these diseases and cannot imagine what living with chronic illness’ means. With the hope that there are some who wish to understand, these are some of the things I'd like you to know about us.
Please understand that being sick doesn't mean we are not still human with all the same emotions that healthy people experience. Some of us must spend our time carefully so that we conserve what little energy we possess. If you visit we may not be much fun, but we still love and appreciate company. Some of us worry about our jobs, schooling and families. Most of the time we'd like to hear what is going on in your life as well as sharing our lives.
Please understand that one can be happy but not healthy. When you have the flu you feel fairly miserable, but we've been ill for years. We can't be miserable all the time; in fact most of us work hard at not being miserable. So when you speak with us and we sound happy, it means we are happy. That's all. It doesn't mean we are not sick, in pain and extremely fatigued, or that a miracle cure has been found and we are all healthy once again. Please don't say, "Oh you're sounding better!" We are not sounding better, we are sounding happy. Feel free to remark about our happiness. Just don't assume that it means we are better.
Please understand that being able to stand up and participate in an activity for 15 or 20 minutes doesn't necessarily mean that we can participate for 30 minutes or an hour. It's quite likely that doing those 15 minutes has exhausted our resources and we may need time to recover. Remember the last time you played a swift game of tennis or softball. You couldn't repeat that feat over and over again. This applies to every thing we do.
Please understand that chronic illness is unpredictable. It's quite possible that one day we are able to walk to the park, or shop in the mall, while the next day we may have no energy at all or that we are in extreme pain. Please don't say, "But you did it yesterday." If you want us to do something, just ask and we will tell you if we are able. If it is necessary to cancel an appointment with you at the last moment, please don't take it personally. There are days when we feel great and all of a sudden that changes and the pain or fatigue is overwhelming.
Please don't ask us how we got our diseases. There are many variables to consider. Some of us may have been born with a predisposition of the disease or condition that certain factors, such as severe trauma, for example could bring to the surface, or inherited. Sometimes, one condition leads to another and eventually they multiply. Our immune systems tend to lower, which brings forth even more conditions. If we wish to share our medical history with you, we will, but don’t play doctor with us and tell us we do not need all the medication our doctors have prescribed to us. Nor don’t tell us what we should do to make it better, such as run around the block each day. We know our bodies and pacing plays a big factor in our lives. Please don't be afraid to hug us, kiss us or hold us. Not all diseases are contagious and you will not contract our condition by supporting us or loving us. We need that as well as a normal, healthy person and sometimes, even more.
Please understand if we tell you that we have to sit down, lie down or take our medications that we have to do it now. Chronic illness doesn't wait for a convenient time. It does not feel good to have to stop what we are doing to tend to our health. Remember that we didn't ask for this. At times you may think we feel sorry for ourselves, but at times we mourn for our lives before our illness, when we were free to pursue all our dreams and hopes. Think about the way you would feel if your life was drastically altered and you needed to give up your way of life and learn a whole new way to live. Be patient with us and try to understand. Don’t pity us, for we do not want your pity. We are ‘normal’ in our own way and only ask that you accept us as we are.
There is a wonderful saying, “Friends are people that know all about you…and love you just the same!”
Rambled by Conners at Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Monday, November 14, 2005
Everything we were told about London's Pit bull bylaw isn't even official. Nothing has been signed as far as the reading, nor signed by the mayor.
It has not even passed yet. It has to be brought up and read again and voted on, and it has not yet happened. Here is the report from the last ETC meeting (Oct. 31st) which at the bottom it states 1st reading, 2nd reading, 3rd reading and passed in open council with the date (left blank) and a spot for the mayors signature (also blank). These spots would be signed and dated if it has passed. It has not passed, do not take the papers info or anything else you hear or read for fact.
We were told we had one year in which they will review the bylaw to see if it is working. You can't review something that still does not exist. Council is playing head games with the Pit bull owners, making us believe the bylaw is in play.
Without this information, how are we suppose to licease our dogs or do any of the other requirements we are suppose to apply for by Dec. 31st at the latest?
If you happen to be a strange person that LOVES to be confused, move to London, Ontario...the home of the confused Pit bull owners. This is CRAZY!
Rambled by Conners at Monday, November 14, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
With all the talk in the media, TV, newspapers and Pit bull owners receiving letters in the mail, how could anyone NOT know about the Pit bull ban being enforced? People I have met on my walks with Shasta in full gear, yet their dog is only wearing a halti and no tags on. When I ask them aren't they concerned about the safety of their dog, their reply is, 'People think the halti is a muzzle anyway.' I tell them Animal Control and the Humane Society sure know the difference and they are risking the life of their dog. When I tell them they must be wearing their tags when outside at all times, the girl responded, 'I only got the dog 2 days ago and the guy that gave me the dog still has the tags.' I couldn't believe me ears when she asked, 'Do you want to trade dogs?' Something VERY fishy going on, if you ask me.
It's heartbreaking when I speak to people like that or read stories like this one. The fate of their dogs are in the hands of irresponsible owners.
Hopefully for the dogs, I hope things work out alright, but for the owners, NAIL THEM GOOD! Playing dumb when responsible owners are abiding and concerned with all aspects of the Act, does not sit well with us, especially when they are playing with the lives of their dogs.
Pit bull attacks dog
Not wearing muzzle on its outing
By BRETT CLARKSON, TORONTO SUN
A Scarborough family defended their 2-year-old pit bull as a "sweet dog" yesterday after it attacked and caused minor injuries to a neighbour's pooch.
The pit bull, named Copper, wasn't wearing a muzzle when it snapped at the other dog -- because it's owners didn't know Bill 132 had come into effect.
The Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act came into effect Aug. 29. The law requires, among other things, that all pit bulls to be muzzled when outside the home.
The grace period ended Oct. 28, meaning dog owners now have no excuse.
Penalties under the act are high, but Toronto Animal Services (TAS) couldn't comment yesterday on the nature of the penalty Copper's family may be facing.
Cherie Ann Day, whose 18-year-old daughter owns the pit bull, said yesterday Copper wasn't muzzled when a family friend named John took the pup out for a walk on Calderstone Cres. near Kingston and Port Union Rds.
"I don't know who's liable -- if it's my daughter or if it's John's responsibility because he was the one who was walking the dog," Day said, noting nobody intended to break the law.
Copper charged the neighbour's pet -- described as a large poodle-type dog -- and clamped on to its nose through an iron fence. Panicked neighbours rushed over and beat Copper until they could pry him off the dog.
Day and her worried family watched with saddened faces as TAS officer Mike Evans escorted Copper to an awaiting van to be taken away to the TAS facility at 821 Progress Rd.
Day and her family fear their dog could be put down. Evans simply said he didn't know if the dog would be destroyed. A decision would likely be made by tomorrow.
"I feel really bad. I was terrified," Day said. "I didn't know what to do. I was yelling at Copper to let go. I don't know why it happened. I was so shocked. People in my house were crying."
At the house where the neighbouring dog lives, the pooch could be heard barking inside but there was no answer at the door.
Day said she hadn't met the family, but her friend John had said the dog suffered puncture marks on its lips and nose, and didn't require professional attention.
She said her daughter, whom she declined to name, would be crushed to see her pet being taken away.
"My daughter, who owns the dog, will be completely devastated," Day said. "She loves Copper to pieces. She sleeps with him every night.
"He's just a sweet dog," she said. "Pit bulls were never my favourite -- I'm a golden retriever girl -- but I grew to love him."
Rambled by Conners at Sunday, November 13, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
I've been glued to the DOLA (Dog Owners Liability Act) on Pit bulls in the Ontario Goverment page, making sure I am going by the law...no matter how stupid it all is. When I read about muzzles, it specifically stated the mouth must be covered, yet the dog should be able to breath properly and drink water.
As much as I did not want to go to the cage muzzle at first, in the long run, they seem to be the safest for the dogs with the least restrictions. It has soft padded leather around the snout so the wire doesn't touch her at all, although a few times she has knocked my leg and I might gain a few bruises from it at first. LOL
I've been keeping it positive and even showing Shasta I can feed her treats through it and that she can drink.
Today I got out her comfort muzzle and her wire muzzle and told her to pick out which one she wanted to go for a walk with. To my amazement, she picked out the wire one. She was all excited as I got her already to go, but once we got outside, I think she decided she may have made a mistake as she kept her head down.
Once on the sidewalk and people coming up to her giving her pats and telling how pretty she was, her head straightened and she became her natural self. I, myself was very confident knowing exactly our rights and ready to tell the first person that approach us nastily. But, it didn't happen. It was either all positive, or nobody said anything negative, nor did I see any discusting looks today. Gee...and I wanted to test out my speal, but glad I didn't have to. LOL
I also bought her a proper harness for pulling wagons and heavy weights. She wanted to bring that too, but I told her she didn't need that for the small amount I was going to get. Because she was so good, I also bought her a $30 ball. You can put water or sand in it if you want, and the man at the store was so surprised at how calm she remained while I tried on muzzles and halters that he gave her a nice size rawhide bone into the bag for being so good.
I did get hold of someone that trains Service training even to Pit bulls. I am waiting for her to call me back to find out exactly what my disabilities are, so she can teach Shasta to my needs. Isn't THAT the greatest! I'm soooo excited! And she would come to my place to train us, since I can't come to her.
I've been battling the flu now for a couple of weeks. With my low immune system, a simple cold could lead into something far more serious. Mostly I've been in bed, but had to push myself to get out of the apartment to do a few things. The funny part is when I am out of the apartment, I DO feel better. Now am really wondering if what my doctor wrote in 2002 about my health deteriorating because of the conditions in my apartment, I have to agree. I'm even considering moving and found a small townhouse with 2 bedrooms and even a small fenced in backyard for Shasta and I to enjoy. It would only cost me $20. more a month and I'd have an extra bedroom, basement, LOTS of storage and best of all the fenced in back yard. Everything is modern and looks brand new. I'm DEFINITELY going to check it out...but first I would like to get Shasta properly trained and certified. That way, I can't be discriminated about when applying for a place. When asked what pets I have, I only have to say the two cats and If I want to, I can add I also have a Service dog, but I don't need to. She would no longer be a pet, but a working dog, although she will always be 'my baby'.
This year I am getting a larger sled as I just used my grandsons sled from when he was a baby and it's hard to fit much on there. My son Michael, built a wagon larger than the kids ones and said I could have it.
I can't wait to get over this flu so we can try everything out. Shasta gets so excited when she knows I'm putting her to work, but now it will be easier and safer for her with the proper harness.
The law did not remove the muzzles for Service Dogs, but I can't think of anything she would need to use her mouth with to help me while outside or in stores. She would be wearing ID with her picture on it stating she is certified and probably a vest that says Service Dog on it, but it's optional if you want them to wear it or not. Because of her breed, I think it would be wise for her to wear it.
OH, but I hope all goes well and she passes. Anyone I've talked to seems to think she will pass with flying colours. 99% of me thinks so too. It sure would make thinks so much easier for me and just think, if I had to attend another City Hall meeting, she could be right there beside me the whole time! This definitely would show people the positive side of the Pit bull breeds.
Rambled by Conners at Thursday, November 10, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
This story is so disturbing that I will only release the news article from the Toronto Sun and you can choose for yourself if you'd choose to read it.
In the wake of Attorney General Michael Bryant's controversial and headline-grabbing legislation earlier this year that put the muzzle to pit bulls, one would think the appeal Crowns under his command would jump on any criminal case where the breed played a particularly ugly role and the dog's handler got off lightly in the courts.
But apparently not.
From this point onward, parental guidance is advised.
Rambled by Conners at Friday, November 04, 2005
Since the Pit bull Ban, things are looking worse and worse each day. It's a complete turn around. The Pit bulls were feared by some, but now the owners are in fear of those that fear or hate our dogs breed. That is, if they even get the breed right.
Shasta has been a God-send to me. She has brought me out of some of the phobias I have had for years before her. She has calmed my anxieties and got me back with the public again. She has increased my health, as I got out more and the more I did with her, the better I felt. She did the things for me I wasn't able to do, such as dragging my heavy groceries home in a sled or a wagon. No longer did I have to wait weeks for someone to take my garbage to the bins by the road. She gave me a sense of independence that without her, I didn't have. She is the part of me that by itself, does not work; like a seeing eye dog to the visually impaired.
But with this ban, comes set backs. I've been sick this week with the flu and as much as I needed medication, I just didn't have the strength to walk to the drug store. Yesterday evening, I decided I just had to get my prescription's filled no matter what.
I got Shasta ready with her muzzle on and short leash and away we went. The fresh air felt surprisingly invigorating and watching Shasta excited about going to the store made me feel some what better.
It was once we got outside the drug store that I realized I had a dilemma that I never felt before. The pole that I normally tied her leash to all of a sudden brought fear into me. What if someone decided to harm her or steal her. She had no way of protecting herself or resisting with the muzzle on. I stood out there with her for the longest time trying to figure out what I should do. I was so scared that I began to shake and I could feel the stress and anxiety taking over and didn't know if I should just go back home and forget about the medication...yet I was right there.
The drug store is huge and the full front is nothing but windows. I thought if I could just get to the cashier's desk, I could keep my eye on Shasta myself. The only problem is the pharmacy section is way at the back where I wouldn't be able to watch her.
I finally walked in the door and quickly came around to the exit door so she could watch me from that side and know where I was too. As she sat and watched me, I stood in line at the cashiers line up, thinking that perhaps she could take my prescription to the back at the end of the day and they could be delivered to me tomorrow.
She must have noticed how terrified I was feeling by this time and why, because she told me to go get what I needed. She would make sure no harm would come to my dog, as she would watch her and make sure.
I was so relieved and as quickly as I could just dropped off the prescription and thought I asked them to deliver it for tomorrow, only I guess I didn't as I had to phone them today to deliver it.
As I rushed back to the front, the girl told me she sat there sweetly the whole time and was very good. I smiled and thanked her very much telling her I wasn't worried about her being good, but that someone could harm her or steal her now with the muzzle. The girl said, she knew that was my fear, but she was fine.
So relieved, I unhooked her leash and that's when it hit me. I could have handed in the prescription, gone outside to her while waiting for it and have the girl wave to me when they call my name on the intercom, but I just wasn't thinking right. It didn't matter, Shasta was safe and what was one more day for me to wait for my medication.
Now with Shasta by my side again and on our walk home I felt happy again. They had just built a new A&W and I decided that Shasta and I deserved a treat. No way was I about to tie her outside while I went in, so I decided to try the drive thru.
I waited until the cars were done and then I knocked on the window. When the girl opened it, I asked if it was ok if I ordered this way as I had my dog with me and didn't want to tie her outside by herself.
That's when Shasta decided to see who I was talking to and stood up at the window sill to say hello. The girl got so excited that she called the others at the front counter to come and see who was ordering. The funny part, was they all came and started petting her head and her loving the attention, that I didn't remark that they were also the food handlers and would be handling peoples food after petting her. LOL I ordered a GrandPapa burger to go for the two of us and thanked the girl for allowing me to use the window. I already know they aren't allowed to do that, but told her next time I bring her, I will ride my bike so at least I had some wheels.
By now my nerves were really calming down and I took Shasta over by a tree in the grassy area so we could sit down and bite into the burger. As I unwrapped the big burger, she immediately started rolling in the grass that she so loves to do. She knows if she begs, she gets nothing, so I let her enjoy herself until I had my fill and then called her to get some.
I needed to give her small bits at a time because of the muzzle and after awhile decided she should do some tricks while I fed her. She sat pretty, laid down, sat, down and roll over, but naturally we couldn't do the catch, as she couldn't open her mouth. LOL We walked back to the garbage can and then headed home.
The problem of walking on the sidewalk is you don't know who likes dogs and especially Pit bulls now and who doesn't, so I try to stay near the edge and she walks on the grass to make sure until we pass. Some people stop to pet her, while others you aren't sure of. You find yourself more observant of people and always on the lookout incase of trouble. So much for pleasant, everyday walks as they used to be. Now the only time you relax is when nobody is around or you can see there are dog friendly people making a fuss over her.
My thoughts the whole time were on her. When people look at her through the car window, what are they thinking? I know they are looking at the muzzle and the one she had on is not that noticeable.
I am going to buy her the wire cage type with the soft leather at the snout to protect her face too, as this type is not good for any longer than 20 minutes at the most and could cause damage to her breathing. She certainly could never wear it while me riding a bike and who knows what the law will say about the muzzles.
Oh! I forgot one very important incident that happened outside the drug store before I got her off the pole. A woman brought out her son, 11 months old and brought him towards Shasta and said, "Look at the pretty puppy!" I told her Shasta loves children as I have two young grand kids of my own. She petted Shasta and finally the little boy gave her a funny little pat the way that babies do with the side to side stroke. I think that was the high lite of our trip.
Once in the apartment as she sat nice while I removed all her 'gear', then came the three cookies (dog treats) that told her she did good, along with hugs and pats. As Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz said, "It's good to be home! It's good to be home!"
Rambled by Conners at Friday, November 04, 2005
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
There was a surprise in the mail addressed to Shasta today. She couldn't wait for me to open it up and kept nudging the package with her nose. Then after all the tape and packing, we came to this bag.
I was trying to open it without ripping it, but the person that sent it, made sure NOBODY could get in...especially me! *giggle*
Finally, I had no choice but to rip the top. You sure love your tape Andee!
I swear Shasta was like a child. What made her even think it was for her. Yes, the envelope did say 'Shasta', and I showed her and told her, 'look it's for you.' But did I actually think she would know?
Now we had a little plastic bag that I'm terrible with opening. Meanwhile, I'm playing with Shasta pretending I can't get it open. Her eyes were big, and if she could have spoken, she would have said, 'Give it to me!'
So, I did and look what it was. An American Human Society 'BE KIND' collar from my dear friend and Shasta's Auntie Andee! We both LOVE it!
Shasta poses to show you the blue side and the brown. So soft and pretty. It's funny how she knew we were going to take pictures of her new collar as I didn't have to tell her to turn her head, she just did.
Shasta told me, 'Mommy, now I really AM bilingual. I'm a Canadian, American Pit Bull Terrier and I've got the collar to prove it. Now can we go and see Storm and Auntie Andee?'
*sigh* She just doesn't understand that North Carolina is not across town from Ontario. I told her, 'Maybe tomorrow.' *giggle*
Thank you Auntie Andee!
This is our notorious Michael Bryant. The same Michael Bryant that started this whole BSL on Pit bulls.
Is our Health Minister in hot water? I say, what goes around, comes around. SHAME ON YOU, Michael Bryant! Leave the Pit bulls alone and stop being such a crook...or would you settle for $500. (CAN) to stop this rediculous Pit bull Ban?
Donations to A-G revealed
A member of an independent panel and the independent counsel in a Canadian Judicial Council proceeding against Justice Paul Cosgrove both donated money last year to Ontario Attorney-General Michael Bryant, who filed the complaint against the judge. Kirby Chown and Earl Cherniak each donated less than $500 to Mr. Bryant's Toronto riding association, according to an Elections Ontario database. The donations were made the same year the complaint was made before the judicial council. The disciplinary process began when Mr. Bryant sent a letter to the judicial council in April, 2004, after an Ontario Court of Appeal decision that criticized Judge Cosgrove for his rulings in a notorious Ottawa murder trial. The appeal court said Judge Cosgrove wrongly made findings of misconduct against police and the Crown. That triggered an automatic inquiry into the judge's conduct.
The news and newpapers are jammed about the Pit bull ban, so to continue to write about each one is basically repeating itself. But I'm going to post this last one from Mississauga City Hall as it gives you the amended Dogs Liability Act and all the information.
Pit Bull Ban Now In EffectNov 01, 2005
Pit bull owners are advised that the province-wide ban is in effect as of October 28, 2005.
Amendments to the Dog Owners' Liability Act through Bill 132, took effect on August 29, 2005. The amendments included broader powers to deal with dangerous dogs in general, as well as a ban on pit bulls and restrictions on existing pit bulls.
The Ontario government allowed a 60-day transition period to phase in the pit bull restrictions. This transition period was permitted to give pit bull owners time to comply with the requirements and for municipalities and other enforcement agencies to prepare to enforce the Act and the accompanying Ontario Regulation 157/05.
The amendments prohibit anyone from owning, breeding, transferring, importing, fighting or abandoning pit bulls in Ontario. Ontario residents who currently own a pit bull must prove that the pit bull was in Ontario before August 29, 2005. The regulations stipulate that restricted pit bulls must be leashed and muzzled in public, and spayed or neutered effective October 28, 2005.
"The most effective way to ensure proof of ownership is for owners to have their dog registered or licensed. Pet registration and licensing will ensure that any pets can be identified and returned home safely," said Janet Michaud, supervisor of Mississauga Animal Services. "Owners can call our Shelter at 905-896-5861 for more information on registration."
View the amended Dog Owners Liability Act.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Crackdown on pit bulls
Enforcement of new law has city in proactive mode
Tuesday November 01, 2005
By Ian McCallum
Enforcement of the provincial ban on pit bull dogs is moving into the “proactive phase,” advises the city’s deputy clerk.Speaking to the Times-Journal on Monday, Rick Beachey stressed Bill 132, which came into effect Aug. 29 and amends the Dog Owners Liability Act, will be enforced and those who fail to properly muzzle and leash their pit bulls “will be taking their chances.
”As of Oct. 28, pit bulls owned by an Ontario resident must now be leashed and muzzled while in public and comply with mandatory sterilization requirements.“
Most people are aware of the legislation,” noted Beachey. “We're now into the proactive phase. If the dog is out and its not properly leashed and muzzled we're going to be ticketing. If you're out with your dog and it’s not in compliance, you're taking your chances. The law is going to be enforced.”
Under the new legislation, pit bulls include a pit bull and American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire and American Staffordshire bull terrier and any dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to those listed above.
And it is up to municipalities to enforce the provincial ban, said Beachey.
“We have set aside money for overtime costs ($10,000 this year) because we're now in a position where we have to respond, because of liability concerns, to any reports of pit bull or pit bull type dogs at large any time of the day or night.”
During normal business hours enforcement issues can be dealt with by calling city hall, explained Beachey. At all other times city police will deal with complaints
.“A staff member will be paged out in response to calls, including 911 calls to police.” said Beachey. “Or police could call us out if a dog is spotted that has not been leashed or muzzled so we would pick up the dog and impound it.”
Penalties under the Dog Owners Liability Act include a maximum fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment up to six months or both.
But enforcement of the sterilization requirements is “a concern,” stressed Beachey. “If the dog is properly leashed and muzzled we would take it to be that it has been properly looked after (spayed or neutered). It is a concern. We can't stop a person just for having a pit bull out if they've got it leashed and muzzled.”
Further restrictions will come into effect on Nov. 27, he advised.
Any pit bull or pit bull type of dog born after that date or not owned by an Ontario resident as of Aug. 29 is prohibited.
“They are simply an illegal dog and there are only three ways to deal with them: turn them over to a research facility, euthanize them or they go out of province.”
Rambled by Conners at Tuesday, November 01, 2005
The London Free Pree stated today, the blunt of the taxes will be taken off of responsible owners and on to tax payers. There will be a review in a year to see how it goes. By then Clayton Ruby should have already have had some court cases and hopefully by that time we either won or close to winning.
As a relief to us, I can see the hatred that the private citizen will have towards the Pit bull owners, saying it is US that should be paying these taxes. Oh what a wonderful world we live. You are damned if you do...and damned if you don't.
Wait! This COULD be a GOOD thing! With an after thought, our come back could be, 'You wanted this ban. Well, I'm sorry but you have to pay for it. ' Naturally you give a pretty smile afterwards and walk away.
As it stands of now and with the city's bylaw now in effect, here is how it stands...and let me assure the people that think this is still unfair, considering what we were up against prior, we are relieved to our licensing fees now. At least we can have a decent Christmas, and for that we are grateful.
Pit bull law packs tax bite
Tue, November 1, 2005
By JONATHAN SHER, Free Press City Hall Reporter
An Ontario law that targets dangerous dogs could take a $100,000 bite out of London taxpayers.
The new law, which takes effect in February, has municipalities across the province scrambling to estimate its potential cost to local property tax owners.
It's a guessing game, said Jay Stanford, London's manager of environmental services, with the city budgeting $100,000 while a comparable city such as Hamilton is budgeting $250,000.
"There could be a shortfall (here)," Stanford told the city's environment and transportation committee yesterday.
The committee unanimously recommended a city bylaw licensing pit bulls, praising staff for removing some of the law's more contentious elements and softening others.
"It's reasonable, it's fair and it's balanced," Coun. Bill Armstrong said.
"It protects the public and doesn't punish responsible dog owners."
The proposed bylaw, modified after a public meeting in September, halves licence fees and doesn't require owners to buy insurance or post warning signs.
City staff say bylaws are being enacted across the province to enforce the Ontario law banning pit bulls.
New Ontario regulations also target dangerous dogs more generally, Stanford said, and it's unclear how much they will cost to enforce locally.
It's unfortunate, Armstrong said, taxpayers will bear the brunt of a bylaw made necessary by some irresponsible dog owners.
"That's the only part I'm sad about," he said.
It's a matter of time before dog bylaws are challenged in court, but the costs of putting them in place are worth it to prevent vicious dog attacks, Controller Russ Monteith said.
"If we do that, the money's well spent," he said.
If adopted, the London bylaw would be reviewed after a year, said the city's Pat McNally.
Since the public meeting, staff have recommended changes, including:
- A licence fee of $50 instead of $130 and an application fee of $10 instead of $25.
- Removing requirements That owners post a warning sign and carry $1 million in liability insurance.
- Allowing owners outside the city to bring registered dogs here for veterinary care.
- Exempting from a sterilization requirement dogs unfit for the procedure.
The province imposed the pit bull ban following a series of brutal attacks by the squat, powerful dogs.
Pit bulls born before Nov. 27 are exempt if sterilized, leashed and muzzled.
Rambled by Conners at Tuesday, November 01, 2005