I was very concerned the other day when I ran out to the local store and met a young girl with two pit bulls, not because pit bulls scare me, not because these two dogs were clearly illegal in the province of Ontario where BSL has reigned for over seven years now, but because this young girl seemed completely oblivious to the fact that these two dogs (one a ten week old puppy) were illegal dogs in this province. She paraded them around as if they were poodles and there was no hesitation when I asked her their breed and she replied “pit bull.” This young girl clearly had no idea that her dogs could be in danger due to the law!
In my travels across the province I am learning that many people either do not know about our BSL legislation or simply do not care! This scares me, it scares me because so many innocent animals out there are one phone call away from being pets in danger, and their owners don’t seem to grasp that fact. Just because your mixed breed short haired mutt doesn’t seem like a pit bull to you does not mean that they won’t be mistaken for one! Here read this: Still Think Your Labrador Retriever is Safe? Think Again
A bigger problem than off breed dogs getting caught up in BSL legislature exists. It is a problem that many people do not know about, one which slowly is becoming much more obvious. That problem is the illegal breeding and sale of pit bull puppies in the province of Ontario. Like the girl I mentioned above many people seem to either be oblivious to, or heedless of the BSL legislation that exists in our province. That’s a scary prospect because it means an untold number of family pets are living in danger!
At a time when pit bull advocates are busy working with rescues to get illegal dogs out of the province, breeders are breeding and selling more. Quite frankly I do not understand this blatant flaunting of the law. YES it’s bad legislation, BUT…and here is the real crux of the matter; laws are laws! Whether we agree or disagree!
Blatantly breeding and selling pit bulls in the province of Ontario is not doing the fight against BSL any favors!
People educate yourselves! Do YOU really know what BSL means to dog owners and their pets? If you answered NO to this question I urge you to research the matter! When BSL lives, ALL dogs are in danger!
WE ARE THEIR VOICE!