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Ziggy killed

July 12th, 2007, 06:13 AM
From the Peterborough Examiner, Hopefully at least one person who thought the pit bull ban was a good idea, will think differently now, and realize how much damage the liberals have really done.:mad:

Editorial - Monday, July 09, 2007 @ 00:00

Re "First pit bull euthanized under new provincial law" (June 29) -

Ziggy was a friendly, happy, tail-wagging, glad-to-be-hugged little dog with a very ugly label attached to her - "pit-bull cross." This label was given to her by a system which cannot prove that that is what she was. It took only one or two individuals to attach that label to her. She could, however, be proven to be a Welsh corgi cross. DNA testing could have eliminated the doubt about her lineage, but that was not allowed to be done.

This little dog had harmed no one. Her only offense: she accidentally got out of the home where she was loved and cherished, and she supposedly "looked like a pit-bull" (which according to a ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal, is "unconstitutionally vague as there is no such breed").

The "breed specific legislation" was rushed into being with little thought to its consequences, and with a great deal of protest from the dog-related community and concerned individuals, which is ongoing as I write this.
Where are the people who enacted this law? They certainly weren't there to witness the killing of this innocent creature and the agony of those who had to do it. Nor were they here to witness the tears of the many people who have been involved with this dear dog over the many months of her incarceration.

Where are these lawmakers as the young women who owned the dog faces huge costs incurred for the incarceration and court proceedings? If this dog had been correctly labeled the "corgi-cross" that she definitely was, her owner would have faced a fine and the dog would have gone home, probably the same day she was picked up. As it is, her body lies waiting to be buried, not even able to be claimed until all costs are paid.

This young women, and her dog, and those forced into upholding this law are all victims: victims of a system which refuses to listen to the many protests against this unfair and uncompromising law. How many other dogs have already been unjustly sentenced to death and killed under this law? Many are sitting on "death row" right now! How many more people are going to be devastated emotionally and financially by this ill-designed law?

This is not a protest about "biters" and aggressive dogs being destroyed. It's for the dogs who are being mislabeled and destroyed for no valid reason. Why are these unfortunate dogs not even allowed to be assessed and temperament-tested by a panel of knowledgeable professional trainers?

Which breed of dog will be harassed and/or banned next? Could it be mine?

To label an entire breed as dangerous because a few poorly-bred, untrained, improperly socialized dogs cause problems is like labeling all human individuals within a specific ethnic group as lazy or violent.

Caring, responsible dog owners must continue to speak out against this unjust "breed specific legislation" to the members of our provincial government. Justice was certainly not done for those involved in this travesty. We couldn't save Ziggy. Let's pray we might be able to help the next ones in line awaiting the same fate. Lynn Reynolds has been showing, breeding and training dogs since 1979. She became involved in Ziggy's case when she was asked to pray for those devastated by the event.

July 12th, 2007, 04:31 PM
The Liberals need to go and for the past 2 years when our local SPCA sent the yearly letter to us we replied but instead of sending a cheque as usual the letters went something like this.
We are regretfull that we will not be sending a donation this year due to the fact that because of the breed of dog I own there may come a time that your organization and myself are at odds in a court of law. I will be donating to groups that will be fighting to negate bill 132 and contributing to my own legal fund should it be required that we meet in court one day.
I feel bad for Ziggy and the owner and hope this story makes a few more people see the light as far as this law and the liberals go .
I know I will be passing it on to the few people I know that support the law in general.

July 12th, 2007, 05:57 PM

you KNOW people that support this law......i have only MET a few that supported and not all do now...i hope...don't really know because i don't know them i have only met them once or twice.

and this is a sad story , with a very sad ending , just shows that this can happen to alot of dog owners.

July 13th, 2007, 01:59 AM
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July 13th, 2007, 11:59 AM
Such insanity. :sad: :sad: Rest in peace Ziggy. As the fight continues against this inhumanity I can only hope you have not died in vain and that the cause will be justly won.:candle: