Monday, February 13, 2006


Tom Price and his dog Rocky of Kitchener Ontario urgently need your help! A victim of that city's archaic and oppressive pit bull ban, Rocky is in imminent danger of being seized and killed. (news story pasted below).

Please sign the petition to save Rocky here:

The petition link, along with Rocky's photo, is also located on Tom's website:

Please everyone, the petition at the moment contains only 2 signatures and one of them is mine. We'd like THOUSANDS of names added to the list so please sign and crosspost to as many people (individuals, your mailing lists, relevant discussion lists, Yahoo groups etc. etc.) as you can! We cannot allow Rocky to be killed. He's a harmless sweet old boy and is so trusting. He loves everyone that he meets.

Story in The Record (Kitchener newspaper)
Dog's life on the line

KITCHENER (Feb 9, 2006)

Tom Price is fighting for his dog's life.

On Tuesday night the K-W Humane Society visited Price at his Lancaster Street residence, and handed him a death sentence for his dog of eight-and-a-half years.

"He's a very friendly dog," Price said.

After taking several pictures of Price's dog Rocky during a couple of visits the Humane Society concluded the animal was an American Staffordshire terrier, and would have to be destroyed. Such dogs can be banned by the City of Kitchener.

"He's never done anything wrong," Price said.

The Humane Society was acting on an anonymous complaint, and Rocky did not bite anyone or their dog, Price said. The notice was hand delivered on Tuesday, and Price will take his case to the city's Dog Designation Appeal Committee. He is scheduled to appear on March 20.

"It's pretty much a closed case," Price said.

When the city banned pit bulls it ran into a problem right away. Pit bulls are not a single breed. The name commonly refers to several breeds, including the American Staffordshire terrier, the Staffordshire bull terrier and the American pit bull terrier.

All of these dogs have strong, square-shaped bodies, short noses and a short-haired coats. But not all of them are pit bulls.

Price doesn't think it's fair to lump his dog in with the crazed pit bull that lead police on a chase across the city almost a decade ago. That dog was eventually struck by a couple of cars on the Expressway and shot several times by police before it was killed. And that incident lead to the city ban on pit bulls that came into effect in 1997."

You have to do it on an individual basis, not a breed," Price said.

The Kitchener bylaw is far reaching.

Dogs can be designated for destruction if the animals are dangerous, potentially dangerous or prohibited under the bylaw, said Jennifer Sheryer of the city's legal department.

Dogs that are prohibited in this city include dangerous dogs that have violated a condition placed on them, as well as dogs that fit our definition of pit bull that weren't grandfathered-in when the bylaw was passed," Sheryer said.

Pit bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, pit bulls, Staffordshire bull terrier, and the American Staffordshire terrier are prohibited under the city's bylaw. But the Staffordshire bull terrier and American staffordshire terriers will be spared if the animals are registered pure breds, Sheryer said.

That doesn't help Price even though he believes his American Staffordshire terrier is a pure bred. That's because Rocky was castrated, and therefore ineligible for registration.

"If they can show they are part of these registered pure bred dogs there is not the same concern of them being pit bull terriers or American pit bull terriers," Sheryer said.

"But they look so similar as a breed that if they can't prove they are pure bred, then those two breeds fall under the pit bull's definition," Sheryer said.

The Humane Society of the United States disagrees with breed-specific bans. It says dangerous dogs should be banned, not entire breeds.

Coun. Berry Vrbanovic was instrumental in bringing the pit-bull ban to Kitchener, and he quickly points out that Queen's Park has followed this city's lead and introduced a province-wide ban. It is a public-safety issue, Vrbanovic said.

"It's not something that the city takes lightly," Vrbanovic said.

The city's Dog Designation Appeal Committee has overturned decisions made by the Humane Society in the past, and Price is hoping it will do so again for his case.

"I'm upset. He's been loyal to me for eight-and-a-half years," Price said of his dog.


Anonymous Brandi Nikki said...

hi i can sure say this for this poor lil dog i saw a couple around my placce n i have 7 kids at first i used to be scared of them until my boyfriend boss has one too n my boyfriend showed me how gentle they are .i love those dogs n i want one soon ..just because hesin the catogories of pit bulls it doesnt mean they will bite it depends on how they are brought up all the bad owners have the so called bad dogs but its not the dogs fault that they were misstreated and so they harbour those feeling to others .instead they should rehabiliate those dogs n jail the owners .after all its the owners that trained them like that..Brandi nikki.

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