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Pit bull ban in jeopardy

April 22nd, 2006, 06:49 AM
The overly zealous Liberal rag, The Toronto Star, has published an editorial. They want the AG to appeal the recent finding in Sarnia. Of course they do because they see and know what the Attorney General office surely sees but doesn’t admit to….this law is in extreme jeopardy….it always was.

This all bodes well for anti-BSL supporters because the public will start to get the message that the COURTS deem the law very inadequate, poorly written and unenforceable. I’ll take that.

Of course when the law itself is challenged and defeated any appeal or rewrite is going to be costly for the Liberals as they need to defend WHY they are talking about pitbulls when guns, drugs, hydro, health care are at such risk.

BSL was a nice distraction for the Liberals but will that game work twice when there are so many real issues?

To Michal Bryant…nice to see in print that the courts AND the Star give you less than passing marks. You should be awfully proud that your law received the exact response that everybody cautioned you that it would.

To the Toronto Star…. stop calling yourself journalists and start calling your self what you are….ink and paper peddlers.

To any law student taught by Bryant….ask for a refund this guy wasn’t qualified to teach you.

Pit bull ban in jeopardy
Apr. 22, 2006. 01:00 AM

The province should move quickly to appeal a debatable ruling by a Sarnia justice of the peace that could greatly affect Ontario's pit bull ban.

Jody Kirby was charged with failing to muzzle, leash and sterilize her dog, Tidus, as required under the law. But she was cleared when justice of the peace Helen Gale was not convinced the dog was a pit bull. It is believed to be the first successful challenge to the pit bull restrictions.

That law lists several breeds that are subject to a ban and also covers any dog that looks "substantially similar" to those targeted breeds.

In Kirby's case, the court was given a veterinarian's letter confirming her dog had some pit bull features. An animal control officer was even more specific, testifying that the heavily muscled dog had the same jawline as one of the banned breeds.

There seems ample cause for an appeal in this case. The stakes are high.

Ontario's pit bull ban is a fundamental public safety measure. Having owners of these dogs muzzle, leash and sterilize their animals is not too much to ask to prevent a further mauling of children and other people by these powerful animals.

The ban must not be rendered toothless by quibbling over what a pit bull looks like. As it is written, the law makes sense: If a dog's physical characteristics resemble a banned breed, it is covered by the ban.

If opponents of the ban persist in challenging the law by arguing about a dog's appearance, then the province should sharpen the definition of "pit bull" by amending the law to include detailed physical descriptions, such as jawline measures and ratios.

The ban is worth preserving. Most Ontarians understand the type of dog that it covers. But measurable definitions may be necessary to help some see what is obvious to others.

April 22nd, 2006, 05:02 PM
" measurable defintions may be necessary to help some see what is obvious to others" Well aint that the truth. They just cant seem to understand that THERE IS NO JUSTICE IN GIVING AN INNOCENT DOG THE DEATH PENALTY!!!

April 23rd, 2006, 09:46 PM
Editorials like that are just more proof as to why nobody should every buy another Toronto Star .