Officials in Brampton seized two dogs, Rambo (Left) and Brittany (below left - both pictures) from their homes say thing ""rambo had been confirmed to be a pit bull by his parentage as well as the characteristics as defined in the city of Brampton Dog By-law..."
Uh, ok. But Rambo looks to me to be purebred Boxer -- and Brittany, well, a mixed breed dog of some type. They are siblings, so likely Brittany is at least half Boxer. Both dogs were licenced by the city, and ID'd at the vet, as Boxer/American Bulldog mixes.
Neither dog did anything wrong -- neither escaped. Neither has acted aggressively. Neither even had a complaint filed against them. But now, two dogs that were part of families are tearing up these families.
Now, 75 year old Maria Gaspar, Rambo's owner, is in tears every time she talks about her dog.
"Now I no have dog, I no have money, I no have nothing...it's not fair." (Editor's note: English is not Gaspar's first language, so forgive her sentence structure).
Brampton's situation is just another in a long list of problems Ontario's Breed Ban has caused. London, Ontario continues to get calls about people who are fearful of 'pit bull'...however, officials say they've really not had any problems with 'pit bulls', only people who fear them and are calling in complaints about other types of dogs being 'pit bulls'. Pit bull complaints make up about 20% of the calls animal control there responds too...even though most of the cases end up being mistaken breed ID. Ottawa's second largest city, Ottawa, has long since decided to quit enforcing the ban in the provence because of problems with breed identification.
The case in Brampton represents basically everything that is wrong with breed specific ordinances:
1) Breed identification is not easy -- particularly for mixed breed dogs - (coupled with the reality that many animal control officers lack the basic training to even tell a pure-bred Boxer from a 'pit bull'.
2) Most of the people affected by breed specific laws are not criminals and gang-bangers -- most are good people, good members of society, often senior citizens, who are having a family member ripped from their home.
3) BSL is such a huge waste of taxpayer money by spending animal control resources, kenneling spaces, and legal services time defending the law by focusing so many resource on dogs that WERE NOT A PROBLEM. No bites. No aggressive activity. No complaints. No running at large. And yet a huge amount of city resources are being used on these dogs instead of actually focusing on dogs that are a legitimate problem.
4) Why would taxpayers WANT to fund this type of activity in their government?
For more info on the Brampton Case:
Social Mange - the Backwater of Brampton Strikes Again
One Bark At A Time - Brampton Animal Control Wants to Kill Senior's Dog
To sign the petition to save the dogs, go here.
And by all means, if you live in Ontario, please support Cheri DiNovo's proposed bill that would eradicate BSL from Ontario.