The Ontario Court of Appeal on Friday re-affirmed a law banning pit bull-type dogs in the province.
Scott WebsterWindsor StarSadly, the absolute and unnecessary ban on 'pit bulls' in Ontario remains," the lawyer said in a statement."We are very disappointed with the decision of the court of appeal. We continue to believe that the definition of 'pit bull' is overly broad and vague. The evidence clearly demonstrates that the definition captures dogs that pose no threat to any person or animal."He added the court has simply accepted the government's assertion that there is a 'reasoned apprehension of harm' about 'pit bulls' to justify the ban, without allowing opponents to show that there is no credible evidence to support this.Under the provincial law, pit bulls are defined as American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that looks similar.Owners are required to have their dogs neutered, muzzled and on a leash in public. Violators face a maximum penalty of $10,000 and six months in jail.Our appeal for the Constitutional Challenge of Bill 132 in Ontario, will be heard on Mon Sept 15 and Tues Sept 16 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. West in Toronto. Room to be determined the Friday before. We just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has stepped up to the plate and supported the Legal Challenge of one of the most significant threats to dog ownership in Canada. The response to the CKC fund-raising initiative has been overwhelming! As we move forward into the home stretch, funds are still desperately needed to continue. Everything is greatly appreciated! On behalf of the Banned-Aid Coalition