When is a Labrador Retriever a “Pit Bull”?
Breed Bans: Bad Idea
There are no bad dogs, just bad owners. Think these laws will not affect you because you do not own a dog on the list? Think again!
We were contacted this week by one of our readers in response to the article “Persecution Ontario Style.” She was offering support in light of a very similar incident that happened last year to her mother, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The reader’s mother lives in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Thornhill is a well-to-do area just north of Toronto where the houses are large and well-kept and the residents tend to be educated and successful.
On a hot summer day in July 2006, out of the blue the doorbell rang.
The 64-year-old woman opened the door to find an Animal Control Officer (ACO) standing there. As it was such a hot day, she invited the officer into the house where it was cooler. He asked if he could see her dog. The woman obliged, assuming they were following up on the licensing program in Thornhill.
“Lucky,” a five-year-old Labrador Retriever, was licensed with the city. The woman went into the backyard and brought Lucky, who was wearing her collar and license tag, into the house to meet the ACO.
The officer began to take many pictures of Lucky. He didn't ask Lucky's breed, age or anything else about her.
After he had taken the photos, he pulled out some papers that explained DOLA (Dog Owners Liability Act) and the amendments that ban American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and any dogs that are substantially similar to those breeds.
He then informed the woman that he was taking Lucky with him to be destroyed.
The shocked and horrified dog owner didn’t understand what was happening. She started to cry for fear of what would happen to her dog. To have an ACO arrive at your house unexpectedly and to invite them in on a hot day and then hear them say that they are taking your dog for destruction is almost incomprehensible.
At this point, the woman’s husband came into the room. He promptly escorted the officer off the property and told him not to come back unless he had a warrant and court order for the destruction of their dog.
One month later, two police officers showed up at this couple’s door and charged them under DOLA with owning a prohibited dog.
Lucky is a five-year-old black, purebred, registered Labrador Retriever.
The couple took the registration papers to their set court date which proved their dog is not banned in the province of Ontario. The charges were dismissed.
Imagine what would have happened had Lucky not been a registered purebred dog. How many dogs in the province are unregistered? How many are mixed breed dogs that CANNOT be registered? There is NO proof of your dog’s breed without registration papers. The Canadian Kennel Club estimates that only 10% of Ontario dogs are purebred and registered. That means that 90% of all dogs in Ontario cannot have their lineage proved. That means that 90% of all dogs in Ontario, when found in this situation could lose their lives if they are not Lucky!
The couple feels this whole situation may have started over a neighbor dispute over how to cut the hedge bordering on both properties. They have no proof because Animal Control won't release the names of complainants, but can’t think of any other reason why that ACO came knocking on their door on that nightmarish day.
Between the time of the visit and subsequent charges being laid and the court appearance the woman had a heart attack and was diagnosed with stomach ulcers. Her doctor attributed both to stress.
We hope she is well on her way to recovery!
It is sickening to think about what this Ontario Liberal Government has done to responsible citizens of this province.
It is now a crime to own somebody's idea of the wrong shape of dog in Ontario.
It makes us very angry to know that responsible dog owners in the Province of Ontario were legislated into second-class status and had their constitutional rights stripped because of grandstanding and government irresponsibility!!
Lucky is a shorter than standard, stocky pet dog. In the words of the owner “she still looks like a Lab, just a fat one!”
Lucky was named as such because the woman felt she was “lucky” her husband agreed to let her get a dog.
By Lori Gray
Many areas of the world are turning toward banning certain breeds of dogs, rather than dealing with the owners themselves. If this turns up on the ballot in your area, be sure to Vote NO to Breed-Specific Legislation.
- American Pit Bull Terrier Information
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 1
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 2
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 3
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 4
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 5
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 6
- American Pit Bull Terrier Pictures 7
- American Bully Information
- American Pit Bull Terrier vs. American Bully
- The Truth behind the Pit Bull Terrier
- List of different American Pit Bull and American Bully bloodlines
- Breed Bans: Bad Idea
- Lucky the Labrador Retriever
- Persecution Ontario Style
- Mandatory Euthanasia of the American Pit Bull Terrier
- Game Dogs
- Herding Dogs
- List of Guard Dogs
- Raising a Puppy: A day in the life with Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully (Bully Pit)
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- Understanding Dog Behavior
- Pit Bull Dogs: Collectable Vintage Figurines
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- A Group Effort
- Why Dogs Must be Followers
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- Different Dog Temperaments
- Dog Body Language
- Dog Training vs. Dog Behavior
- Punishment vs. Correction in Dogs
- Are you setting your dog up for failure?
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- The Grouchy Dog
- Working with a Fearful Dog
- Old Dog, New Tricks
- Understanding a Dog's Senses
- The Human Dog
- My Dog was Abused
- Successfully Adopting a Rescue Dog
- Positive Reinforcement: Is it enough?
- Adult Dog and the New Puppy
- Why Did My Dog Do That?
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- The Walk: Passing Other Dogs
- Introducing Dogs
- Dogs and Human Emotions
- Do Dogs Discriminate?
- Speaking Dog
- Dogs: Fear of Storms and Fireworks
- Providing a Job Helps Dog with Issues
- Teaching Dogs to Respect the Kids
- Proper Human to Dog Communication
- Rude Dog Owners
- Canine Feeding Instincts
- Human to Dog No-No's: Your Dog
- Human to Dog No-No's: Other Dogs
- FAQ About Dogs
- Small Dogs vs. Medium and Large Dogs
- Separation Anxiety in Dogs
- Dominant Behaviors in Dogs
- The Submissive Dog
- Bringing Home the New Human Baby
- Approaching a Dog
- Top Dog
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- Alpha Boot Camp for Dogs
- Guarding Furniture
- Stopping a Jumping Dog
- Using Human Psychology on Jumping Dogs
- Dogs Chasing Cars
- Spaying and Neutering your Dog
- Submissive Peeing
- An Alpha Dog
- Who's More Prone to Fight, Male or Female Dogs?
- Whelping: Puppy Nipple Guarding
- The Truth behind the Pit Bull Terrier
- Protecting Your Puppy from Dog Attacks
- Chaining Dogs
- SPCA High-Kill Shelter
- A Senseless Death, a Misunderstood Dog
- Amazing What a Little Leadership Can Do
- Transforming a Rescue Dog
- DNA Canine Breed Identification
- Dog Bite Survey
- Raising a Puppy
- Stages of Puppy Development
- Introducing a New Crate to a Puppy or Dog
- Puppy Temperament Test
- Puppy Temperaments
- A Dog Fight - Understanding your Pack
- Understanding your puppy or dog
- Runaway Dog!
- Socializing your Dog
- Should I Get a Second Dog
- Is your Dog Out of Control?
- Illusion Dog Training Collar
- Top Dog Photos
- Training your Puppy or Dog
- Puppy Biting
- Deaf Dogs
- Are You Ready for a Dog?
- Breeders vs. Rescues
- Find the Perfect Dog
- Caught in the Act
- The Pack of Dogs is Here!
- Recommended Dog Books and DVDs