|Why Does DogFriendly.com post this warning about
Ontario when there are Pit Bull Bans in many other places?
To the many dog-friendly people and businesses in Ontario, Canada:
The Ontario "Pit Bull and Similar Dog" legislation is very clear that "Pit Bulls" and "similar" dogs are not allowed into the province. We think that we need to inform our readers that their dog is subject not just to a fine but possible confiscation if it is seen in the province and is not grandfathered in as a resident pit bull from pre-2005. We do not advise against travel to Ontario for all dog owners, only those who have Pit Bulls or mutts or other dogs that are "similar" (this is the word used in the law). We do not recommend against travel to Ontario for a beagle, for example.
Please understand that we issued this warning due to the potential severity of the
consequences for people traveling to Ontario with a banned dog. The law could have been written to say that if a non-resident is found with a pit bull in the province then they would have 48 hours to leave the province or they could have been issued a fine. The law does not say this but instead it says that the dog may be confiscated on site. This differs greatly from bans of breeds elsewhere which either allow dogs to visit or will allow you to take the dog out of the local when warned.
We do not know how any individual animal control or policeman will handle an individual case but we need to warn our readers, many of whom have these breeds of dogs, of the possible consequence of bringing a banned dog into the province. We are especially concerned about dogs traveling from neighboring provinces in Canada where there will be no warning at the border that a banned dog is not allowed. It is also a fact of the legislation that there is no way in Canada to drive a Pit Bull from where it is allowed east of Ontario to west of Ontario since the dog cannot pass through Ontario.
Most other pit bull bans are much more local in nature (a city or
county, for example) and someone can avoid the city or simply drive by
it or stay in a nearby area. Any comments can be sent to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ontario's Breed Restrictions
August 29, 2005
Due to the Ontario Pit Bull Ordinance in Ontario, Canada which went
into effect on August 29, 2005, DogFriendly.com
Recommends against travel into the Ontario province with your dog whether it is
a Pit Bull, other breed or any mixed breed that could in any way be
"confused" with a Pit Bull.
We need to make people who travel with dogs aware of Ontario's 2005 Breed-Specific Legislation,
(supposedly targeted at Pit Bulls and Pit-Bull like mixes but may affect most
any dog). Ontario has recently passed
this legislation that makes it illegal, and unwise, for people with Pit Bulls or similar dogs to live
in or to visit the province. Unfortunately, this law took effect on August 29, 2005. The law
states that authorities have the right to confiscate your dog simply based on
their opinion that it looks like a pit bull. This applies to residents as
well as visitors. It is a shame that Ontario has passed this law, as the
province has a lot to offer travelers with dogs. However, there is a significant risk to dog owners who visit the province, which includes Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Ottawa. Many
other cities also have Breed Specific Laws, which we also oppose, but most are far less
dramatic in their consequences than the Ontario Law. Most involve leashing, controlling or muzzling dogs in certain public places, not
their confiscation. Due to this law, DogFriendly.com Recommends against travel
into the Ontario province with your dog whether it is a Pit Bull, other breed
or any mixed breed that could in any way be "confused" with a Pit Bull.
It is very important to understand that, according to this law, the burden is
on the dog-owner to PROVE that their dog is not even part "Pit
Bull" breed as defined in this law. TECHNICALLY, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PROVE THE BREED
OF MOST DOGS THAT ARE NOT REGISTERED PUREBREDS. Please understand also that the law
allows officers to IMMEDIATELY confiscate your dog. They do not have to allow
you to leave the province with your dog.
For those of you who live in or must travel to Ontario, please carry your dog's
papers or other proof of the dog's breed. Dog owners who owned pit bulls in
Ontario prior to the enactment of the law may be allowed to keep the dogs but
with strict requirements.
There are legal challenges to the law. For more information or to help please
DogFriendly.com does not believe in Breed-Specific Legislation, we do not think it
works. In particular, as one breed is banned,
people who train dogs to be vicious will move on to a different breed, causing it to be banned in due time.
This hurts the responsible owners of these breeds. We especially oppose BSL regulation that forces, or
allows the confiscation, and possible execution of a dog even if it did not harm