28 Apr Toronto Hates Dogs? or Pitbulls?
I was recently forwarded this link: www.torontohatesdogs.com. Is it true? Certainly in the last couple of years dog owners in Toronto, have become an easily targetted group. The first strike was at the Pitbull owners. The Pitbull ban makes it illegal to breed pit bulls in Ontario or bring the dogs into the province. Dogs already in Ontario are allowed to stay as long as they are sterilized, leashed and muzzled in public. The definition of pitbull is vaguely described based on external characteristics.
History has proven that defining groups based solely on external characteristics is a dangerous practice (no wonder some people are calling this canine genocide). Whenever genetic analysis has been done between groups it has always revealed that of the genetic differences that do exist, more variation occurs within so-called groups than between them. There are nice pitbulls and not-so-nice pitbulls, just like there are nice goldens, and not-so-nice goldens. Incidentally, I’ve been bitten by one dog early on in my career and it was a cocker spaniel. More recently, a shitszu name Bee, gave me some serious warnings that I was invading her space. I was scared! Delilah, my cattle girl has excellent bite inhibition but she has displaced aggression. If she gets angry at another dog, she is likely to lash out at anyone (human or dog) nearby. She’s came very close to biting my mom when they were on the couch and Tyson tried to jump up. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Tyson is reactive. He is wonderful with children but put him near an unneutered male puppy and it’s not pretty. So my dogs aren’t perfect. They need to be managed 100% just like most dogs should be. I’m sure that there are a lot of pitbulls that are more genitically stable than my two critters.
I can’t even imagine how I would feel if I had a pitbull and suddenly he had all his privileges taken away based solely on his appearance. It wouldn’t matter if we had done 4 levels of obedience training, or how wonderful he was with dogs or kids, I could never let him run offleash again. When people would look at him muzzled they would think he was dangerous, I would be heartbroken.
So does Toronto hate dogs? Well the jury is still out on this one for now. That being said, Toronto definitely hates Pitbulls.