Monday, March 26, 2007

Superior Court Strikes Down Key Elements of Flawed Pitbull Ban

TORONTO, March 23 /CNW/ - Despite headlines proclaiming that Ontario's pitbull ban has been upheld by the Superior Court, the Toronto Humane Societyis thrilled that two key aspects of the law have been struck down. Firstly the vague definition of "pitbull and pitbull-like" has been found faulty. The ban, while it stands, now applies only to purebred pitbulls. This removes death sentences from literally thousands of dogs who have had the misfortune of being pitbull-like. Secondly, bylaw enforcement officers are no longer allowed to go to court armed only with a veterinarian's certificate stating that the dog in question is a pitbull. This is significant because you can't cross-examine a piece of paper. The combination of the clarified definition and the added civic responsibility of demanding witnesses actually attend court will make it far more difficult to prosecute questionable and spurious cases. In fact, it looks like the law has actually applied the traditional standard of fairness, which is to say most of the mixed-breed dogs that have been unfairly caught in the net of the original legislation are now innocent until proven guilty.

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4 Comments:

Blogger expat said...

I just finished reading the late Vicki Hearnes's book Bandit. In it she says that treadmills for dogs are banned in CA as "dogfighting paraphenalia". I recalled that National Geographic's Cesar Millan is involved is a lawsuit re his use of a treadmill in dog training. Has the law been changed since the writing of the book? Or is Millan getting special treatment?

I'm genuinely curious about this. Maybe if noone here knows the answer maybe there is a CA-based APBT or anti-BSL blog you can refer me to.

12:45 PM  
Blogger expat said...

By CA I meant California.

12:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

at least someone in the law has some sense and won't pander to the medias witch hunt aganist pit bulls

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The law suit regarding Cesar, involves a dog that was injured on a treadmill. I am no lawyer, but if there were such a law, it would be rediculous to assume that a treadmill could be call "dogfight paraphanalia". Imagine, equipment for training and health would be illegal. How would they know if it was a human treadmill or a dog treadmill? They are the same right?

10:34 AM  

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