While we may still see some pit bulls roaming the streets of Ontario, a ban on the breed has actually been in effect since 2005 across the province. However, it might be lifted in the near future after a member of Doug Ford's caucus put forward a private member's bill on Tuesday, November 19 as the first step to reverse the ban. The Ontario prohibition on pit bulls is going to be discussed in further detail on Thursday by the legislature.

PC MPP Rick Nicholls, who initiated the proposal to reverse the ban has stated that the breed was unfairly targeted. "It's not pit bulls, it's dogs, it's the owners and how the dogs are treated," he stated, according to CP24.

"If you beat a dog or you train a dog to be vicious, that dog will be vicious regardless of the breed itself."

However, Nicholls has admitted that some conservatives are divided on the issue. 

“Some are supportive of it and others are not as supportive,” Nicholls said to CityNews Toronto. “That’s OK, it’s a free vote and they can vote any way.”

Pit bulls are the only breed of dog that is banned across the province.

 

However, you may still be able to spot some of the four-legged friends on the streets since those that were acquired before 2005 in Ontario are still allowed to be kept.

Yet, these pets are required to wear muzzles and leashes in public. They must also be spayed and neutered. These rules would all be repealed if the reversal passes.

In the past, pit bulls have made some violent headlines across Canada. 

In one instance, a pit bull attacked two children in one day in Montreal. 

Pit bulls have also killed their owners in Canada, such as in an Alberta case where a pitbull-boxer killed a 49-year-old woman. 

However, they are also considered to be kind and caring creatures. One pit bull showed its kindness by saving its owner from a bear attack this year. 

 

However, the risks associated with pit bulls are not to be taken lightly, and it is still unclear if owners will have to go through any special screenings before being allowed to own these majestic and powerful dogs.

The bill will be discussed on Thursday, November 21.


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