Last month, two dog owners had their dogs confiscated from them by the provence's Dog Owner Liability Act with public officials saying the dogs were 'pit bulls'.
The dogs remain on death row in the city, in spite of many reasons why they shouldn't be:
1) The owners provided documentation that the dogs are not 'pit bulls', but indeed, Boxer mixes
2) Anyone who has spent more than 10 minutes studying dog breeds knows that at least one of the littermates looks like a Boxer.
In spite of all the evidence against them, the city not only is holding the dogs in captivity, on death row,they are also refusing to allow the owners of the dogs to even come visit them...or to have the dogs seen by a veterinarian.
The dogs have now been in near-solitary confinement for nearly a month, without socialization and without seeing their family while the city fights for its right to KILL THE DOGS.
Keep in mind, the Brampton Shelter is open to the public 6 days a week -- but for these dogs, and for these dog owners, the shelter is not open. They are not allowed to visit. And the dogs just sit there. Undersocialized, understimulated, and under cared-for.
Even if you were to assume that the animal control officers in Brampton were just trying to do their job, and they really just can't tell the difference between a Boxer and a 'pit bull', there still would be no rational explanation for not allowing the pet owners to even go visit their dogs while the legal process is taking shape. None. It would have no impact on public safety (if that's truly the umbrella they're hiding under for enforcing the law), it would just be about compassion -- compassion for a couple of dogs who were yanked out of their homes and thrown into a shelter for no reason -- and compassion for two dog owners, one an elderly woman, who just misses her dog.
It's not about 'public safety' at all. It's about spite, a desire to punish dog owners, and a desire to exercise their power over people they have power over. And it's wll past time for the governing body in Ontario, in Brampton, and the people who vote for them, to quit embarrassing themselves step up and do what is clearly right.