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Transcript of Pit Bulls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Pit Bull
*Obedient, eager to please
The American Pit Bull is a medium sized, solidly built, short haired dog breed. This dogs early ancestors came from England, Scotland, Ireland and later the United States. It is a member of the molosser breed group. They have a lifespan of 8-15 years. They are 43-56 centimeters tall and usually weigh between 22-78 pounds.
The most accurate definition of the term “pit bull” refers to just two breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier. Some people include the Bull Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the American Bulldog in this group because these breeds share similar head shapes and body types.
The Pit Bull breed is generally a healthy breed. Some are prone to hip dysplasia, hereditary cataracts, allergies and congenital heart disease.
It is important to know that Pit Bulls require training and socialization from an early age. They are very active and need regular exercise.
Important to Remember
Laws in Ontario about the Pit Bull
On October 26, 2004 the Ontario government introduced Bill 132 to amend the Dog Owners' Liability Act (DOLA).
The legislation bans pit bulls in Ontario, places restrictions on existing pit bulls, and toughens the penalties for the owners of any dog that poses a danger to the public.
Ontario's pit bull ban took effect on August 29, 2005.
All dog owners must comply with the amended requirements of DOLA and other provisions of law.
Pit bull owners may keep their existing dogs, as long as they comply with certain requirements."
People who own pit bulls have had to have their dogs spayed or neutered, muzzled and leashed while in public.
It is against the law to bring pit bulls into Ontario, even for a short visit. There are no exceptions made for tourists, people moving to Ontario, or military personnel being transferred to Ontario postings.
Pit bulls to be shipped out of Ontario
Volunteer Vivi Tagaroulias with two pit bulls at the Lincoln County Humane Society that have been confirmed pit bulls by DNA testing. This is the first time the humane society has done the testing. The dogs will have to be sent out of province because they are illegal in Ontario. (Bob Tymczyszyn/St. Catharines Standard/QMI Agency)
By Karena Walter, The Standard
Saturday, October 12, 2013 2:41:32 EDT AM
Why were Pit Bulls Banned?
The banning of Pit Bulls in Ontario was the result of a growing concern about the number of dog attacks on people.
They were banned because some have mauled, bitten and even killed people.
Reasons the Ban on Pit Bulls should be lifted
Reports of dog bites have not been
accurate. Pit Bulls have been blamed for biting people when it was actually done by a different dog breed that looked like a Pit Bull.
With this law being in place it is being racist against one breed of dog. Other dog breeds have worse temperaments but are not illegal to own such as the skye terrier.
According to American Temperament Test Society, the Pit Bull scores are better than your so called "friendly" breeds.
Temperament testing has assumed an important role. The ATTS Temperament Test provides breeders a way of evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog’s behavior.
The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler.
The Pit Bull breed has been given a bad rap. They have been used in dog fights and abused by irresponsible owners. Blame the owner not the breed!