City had no choice but to seize dogs: commissionerOn behalf of the City of Brampton, I am writing to clarify the circumstances surrounding two dogs, Brittany and Rambo, currently being looked after by the City’s Animal Shelter. I would also like to correct some of the misinformation about why these family pets have come under our care.
The Province of Ontario’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act, 2005 has been hotly debated since it was first introduced. Under the legislation, identified pit bulls born prior to November 29th, 2005 are considered “legal” pit bulls in Ontario. The law also says that these dogs must be spayed, neutered, microchipped, registered and licensed annually by the City. Pit bulls born after November 29, 2005 are considered “illegal” under the provincial law.
Rambo and Brittany, the two dogs currently at the Animal Shelter were both born after November 2005 and are, therefore, considered illegal pit bulls under the provincial law. As a result, both dogs were taken into care by the city on Jan. 13. Once in the care and custody of our Animal Services, the legislation is very clear about what can and cannot be done with the dogs. Both the owners and the City are now faced with limited options about how to proceed. At the heart of this issue is whether the dogs are pit bulls.
Many of you will have read that the families have called for the return of their dogs, as they contend that Rambo and Brittany are not pit bulls. Even though the provincial legislation does not provide an appeal route for resolving this issue, the City approached the families’ lawyer last week to see if a mediated settlement was possible.
Unfortunately, the City could not reach an agreement with the families’ lawyer on the details of how this mediated process would work. The City’s offer remains open to the owners but, regretfully, the City anticipates that the family may seek an application before the Ontario Superior Court to argue that their dogs are not pit bulls and should be returned.
Readers should know that in instances where legal action is pending, as in the case with Rambo and Brittany, city staff and elected officials are unable to comment.
As we move forward, I want to assure everyone that Rambo and Brittany will continue to receive the highest level of care at our Animal Shelter. The dogs have been, and will continue to be, examined by an independent veterinarian to ensure their health and well being.
Throughout this process, we have understood that this is a sensitive issue involving family pets. It is our hope that the information in this letter has helped to set the record straight. We know that Brampton residents care deeply for their family pets, and that issues like this must be thoughtfully and cautiously considered.
We stand behind our Animal Services staff – they provide an important and compassionate service in our city.
Our team takes enormous pride in how we approach and interact with every family and their pet. This case has been no exception.
Commissioner, Community Services
So, where is the clarification why the dogs came into the city of Brampton's care?
The fact of the matter is; Brampton obviously thinks any dog born after November 29, 2005 is a "pitbull".
The city of Brampton threw away all rights to use the words "sensitive" and "compassionate" when the AC department nabbed these two dogs while out on a trolling maneuver.
There is nothing "compassionate" about seizing people's loved pets from their homes for no apparent reason other than AC department thought they spotted a notorious "pitbull".
If the city of Brampton is indeed proud of how they have conducted themselves in this outrage of stealing people's pets out of their homes, then I would hate to catch you on a bad day! All the while hiding behind the piece of shit legislation that is vague and strips the rights of dog owners in Ontario. McGuinty and Bryant's masterpiece of death and destruction!
The city of Ottawa declared quite some time ago they were not enforcing the ban but rather dealing with owners of dangerous dogs not by breed or lack thereof. Many other jurisdictions around Ontario have also admitted they are choosing to ignore the flawed, costly and barbaric breed ban.
The City of Ottawa says it will act when a dog of any breed presents a threat to public safety, but the city is not trying to crack down on pit bull-type dogs because it doesn't have the resources to do so, and the law pertaining to the dogs is difficult to enforce.
Hmm Brampton, are you taking notes? Doesn't it make more sense to leave the mutts alone. You cannot prove the lineage of a mutt and you know that. That leaves the explanation that you are throwing your proverbial weight around exercising the reverse onus, which makes the city of Brampton fully executing a witch hunt.
What on earth would possess you to seize dogs out of loving homes when there were no complaints, no wrong doing, and NO THREAT?
Your swollen pride is through the course of your actions, the self proclamation of being this months #1 dog hating community in Ontario.
Way to hurl Brampton. You should be proud!