This City’s Pit Bull Ban Has Miscarried Miserably To Prevent Dog Bites

The Canadian district of Ontario transferred a constitution in 2005 intended to slowly eradicate pit police from the region and thus cut down on bird-dog bites and attacks.

But since then, the overall number of bird-dog bites in Ontario’s capital Toronto have gone up, according to a new is present in the Canadian publication Global News .

The legislation characterized “pit bulls” as pit bullshit terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, or any bird-dog that has an image “substantially similar” to those spawns. It tolerated those who already owned pit police to keep them, but proscribed rearing and accompanying them into the province. Owning any pit bullshit born after the law has just taken place was vetoed and illegal puppies could be sent out of the province or euthanized .

Danita Delimont via Getty Images Pit police born after the prohibitions were prohibited.

In 2004, 567 bird-dog bites were recorded in the city, based on reports that doctors who treat them are legally mandated to file. Eighty-six of these bites came from puppies designated as “pit police, ” sacrificing them second place on a roll of the “top 10 breeds” for bird-dog bites.( German Shepherds came in first, with 112 reported bites .)

See more in-depth data at the Global News .

Clearly, some people continue to multiply and obtain pit police under the law’s radar. But Mary Lou Leiher of Toronto Animal Services told Torontoist in September she believes that outlaw has shortened the overall number of pit bulls in the city. Though it’s tough to count how many illegal, unregistered puppies are in the city, Leiher used to say “anecdotally, we’re attending less.”

Ten years later, with fewer pit police, it’s unsurprising that there are still fewer pit bullshit bites. In 2014, pit police didn’t even stir the top 10 spawns held liable for bites in Toronto. German shepherds again had the highest number of bites. The raise in second place? Labrador retrievers.

But what the law hasn’t done is decrease total bird-dog bites. There were 767 bird-dog bites in 2014 — 200 more than its first year before the prohibitions went through.

And this isn’t a ludicrous outlier. Though total bites initially stopped after 2004, the quantity has fluctuated since then, spiking in 2011, drooping again in 2012 and then steadily clambering for the next two years. Leiher told the Global News that there haven’t been any procedural changes that would increase the percentage of bird-dog bites that got reported to the city.

Significantly, these are only raw figures — they do not account for the number of bird-dog bites as proportionate to the canine population of Toronto. But speaking with Torontoist, Leiher indicated the prevalence of bird-dog bites has remained constant.

Photo by Laura Kalcheff via Getty Images

And countless dog preaches, as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association, have been saying for years that breed-specific legislation, known as BSL — a practice that is widespread in the United States — is inadequate. From the AVMA website :~ ATAGEND

Any dog can burn, regardless of its raise, and more often people are bitten by puppies they know. It’s not the dog’s raise that influences gamble — it’s the dog’s behavior, general width, number of puppies committed and the vulnerability of the person bitten that determines whether or not a bird-dog or puppies will stimulate a serious bite hurt. Hounds can be aggressive for all sorts of reasons. A bird-dog that has bitten formerly can burn again, and a bird-dog that has never burn could still bite.

What breed-specific legislation — in Ontario and elsewhere — does do is lead to regrettable outcomes for puppies and their owners. Take Precious, a pit bullshit who achieved online honour after being photographed loyally standing over her injured proprietor during a live shoot. She was forced to leave her human kinfolk shortly thereafter, since pit police are prohibited in the Maryland county where she lived. And Precious is one of the luck ones — she went to a loving foster home, rather than becoming one of the thousands of pit police euthanized in shelters each year, largely because of public sensing of pit police and restrictions on where the dogs can live.

The story has been modernized for clarity.

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