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Public Hearings into Ontario's Proposed Bill 132
January 27, Barrie

Day two of the Public Hearings was held in Barrie, Ontario. There were twenty seven presentations to a very well attended Committee.

The day began with a strong presentation by Dr Bonnie Beaver, Texas A & M, speaking on behalf of the AVMA Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions. Her message BSL does not work. Citing several bodies of research, Dr Beaver quoted numerous statistical studies proving her thesis that BSL is ineffective and wrong-headed. When questioned on the changed position of Dr Allan Beck, quoted previously by a Liberal Member, Dr Beaver noted that Dr Beck had only the week prior recanted his normal and long-held opinion on the invalidity of BSL. She noted that Dr Beck deals specifically with the human-animal bond, going on to note that his change was highly surprising to those with whom she works.

Dawn van Nostrand ably represented Georgina Kennel and Obedience club. The Club noted its opposition to Bill 132, stating that the targeted breeds are not problematic at Shows and Trials. Offering alternatives including owner education, dangerous dog legislation, dog training, enforcement of existing laws and stronger penalties for offenders, bans for irresponsible owners, higher fines and definitions of bite and attack, this was a comprehensive presentation.

Chief Inspector Michael Draper represented the Ontario SPCA. Responsible to enforce the Dog Owners Liability Act, Inspector Draper stated, This Bill will not work. Noting that with its vague definitions, the wording will pit neighbour against neighbour. He argued the reverse onus provision and the breed specificity with its impossibility for identification. Giving the example of Windsor with its new BSL By Law, the Inspector spoke of the healthy, happy dogs that are being turned in that have to be euthanized because of lack of space. He noted that there is no reason to use a BSL provision since criminals will simply move to other breeds, also noting that his staff are not trained to id dogs so enforcement will be nigh to impossible. Giving the example of England's failed BSL with dogs in shelters for up to five years, he urged the government to amend DOLA in favour of tools that treat the problem. Under questioning, the Inspector noted that there is always a segment of society that will have a large dog with teeth for intimidation and offered that they are in homes all of the time removing these dogs, dogs that even now are generally not pit bulls.

Peter Archer spoke of the dog as an integral part of the family unit. He noted the difficulty in defining a pit bull, of the problem of humans not caring for the dogs they now own and gave an overview of the activities of a responsible breeder.


Dr Deborah Boyd strongly represented the Grey-Bruce Pet Hospital noting her practice opposes Breed Specific Legislation. Offering that there is no pitbull breed, Dr Boyd posits that we are attributing human characteristics to dogs when we state a breed can be dangerous. Saying this is not a breed apart not a breed at all? Dr Boyd noted that dogs are not honorary humans. Quoting the Culture Clash and A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention, dogs were identified as predators who are able to develop bonds. With the need for responsible ownership, accurate and informed reporting, improved training and graduated licensing fees, Dr Boyd finished by offering a definition of dangerous dog.

Wesley Prosser represented the Township of Clearview. He encouraged the AG to go further than Bill 132 is written, noting that there is not good synchronicity in enabling collection of dogs, their impoundment and management of costs for Municipalities. Liability for costs is uncertain, as is the ownership tracking of problem animals. He notes Courts must resolve the issue of breed identification. When asked by Mr. Zimmer whether the AMO supports this Act, Mr. Prosser responded that there would be a different response from administrators than from politicians due the difficulty this Act will impose in enforcement.

Dirk Emde spoke as a responsible dog owner. Points made included his being pro-DDL and anti-BSL, cost increases to Municipalities for dogs that have never hurt anyone, the identification issue, removal of the research labs component, search and seizure without a warrant and reverse onus. He questioned the logic in banning these breeds and offered proactive suggestions for keeping communities safe including increased accountability of dog owners through mandatory testing, breeder accountability through government licensing, temperament tests prior to breeding, enforcement of leash laws, mandatory sterilization of all non-show/breeding stock, education in schools, increased penalties for abuse.

George Scott owner of mixed breed dog. Reviewed his experience with dogs at large, noting he has been bitten/attacked by pit bulls, a German Shepherd Dog and a Chihuahua. In favour of Bill 132. Only in the pit bull attack were the offending dogs euthanized.

Glenn Hamilton represented the North American Flyball Association. Against BSL, examples were given of the difficulty in identifying breeds. Advocating education and training of dogs and owners, the negative economic impact of this Bill on Ontario Tourism was outlined as dog related event numbers would be reduced. This will not only impact the targeted breeds but also dog owners who will avoid Ontario because of its appearance of being unfriendly to dogs.

Paws-itively Obedient, represented by Karen McVeigh, (Trainer, former OSPCA Agent and Inspector) offered that this Bill would put an onus on our Police to deal with dogs rather than more serious offences. She gave an overview of differences in kennels, the CKC registration process and identification responsibilities under APA. The tremendous difficulty in identifying breeds by a layperson was also outlined.

Alice Knechtel outlined her experience as a victim of an off lead ?pit bull? attack on her Shih-Tzu in which the smaller dog was grabbed but not hurt.

Mike McBeth represented Barrie Kennel and Obedience Club. Offering a history of the dog and highlighting Terriers, Ms McBeth explained the antecedents of the Bull and Terrier breeds, their careful selection and their role in today's society as family pets. Explaining the accountability of purebred dog breeders, she brought to the Committee logical arguments to support her position that purebreds must have stable temperaments, having been bred to a standard that does not allow aggression. Included was an overview of the classes of individuals who breed dogs from responsible breeders through Puppy Mill operations to ?underground breeders who were defined as irresponsible humans breeding dangerous dogs for aggression. Supporting other presentations, Ms McBeth noted, A pitbull is a shape, not a breed, and cannot be defined. Dangerous Dog should be substituted for all targeted breeds. Alternatives including mandatory leashing and penalties for inappropriate behaviour, punishing the human cause of the problem and not the dogs were suggested. Importantly, she notes that Bill 132 will not be followed by the underground elements of society that are being targeted by this Bill.

Laura Belisle represented Best Behaved Dog Academy. Concentrating on the importance of proper training and socialization, she notes that a breed ban will not work; irresponsible owners will simply move on to other dogs. Alternatives offered included mandatory CKC education for all dog owners, benefits of obedience training, examples of achievements that can be looked to with proper training and a request to strengthen Dangerous Dog Laws so dogs of any breed can be punished.

Lori Gray spoke as a Trainer and DLCC member. She offered that the country is watching Ontario. Discussions included the Winnipeg statistics as compared to the more successful Calgary model By-Law. Asking that responsible owners not be made accountable for the acts of others, she offered that poor training, lack of supervision and a history of aggression are the issues that need to be addressed.

Richard Paquette represented greater Sudbury's Animal Control. Offering the Committee his extensive background in dogs, Mr. Paquette spoke of the apparent media bias against the targeted breeds, noting that this has been the case for years in Ontario. As an animal control contractor, he requested tools to better perform animal control tasks, not the imposition of Bill 132, a Bill that is more of a liability than an asset. Of 213 bites in Sudbury, only 11 were possibly pit bulls, all unregistered. Requesting Dangerous Dog Legislation, Mr. Paquette offered that Bill 132 would take time away from those contracted to deal with the actual problems of truly dangerous dogs. Perhaps the strongest moment of this presentation was Richard's detailed overview of the impact of euthanasia on families who feel they must relinquish a family pet as a result of the fear generated by the proposal of Bill 132. Compounding the families' grief was the impact of euthanasia on animal control staff who are required to deal with both the grieving family and the healthy bull and terrier mixes who Mr. Paquette noted under questioning are fearless, loyal, friendly and non-aggressive animals.

Sylvia Humphries relayed the story of her son?s attack by a mixed breed dog believed to be a pit bull cross. She noted the owners of the dog were irresponsible and that this was a bad combination with that dog. She spoke of the absence of laws requiring training of dogs, education of owners or requirements for confinement of dogs, noting that she is looking for protection from pit bulls.

Marianne Robertson is a dog owner who will be impacted by Bill 132. She spoke of the personal impacts of this Bill on her dogs that are involved in Agility and Flyball, the impacts on Ontario Tourism and on competition events throughout Ontario. When Mr. McMeekin asked whether she felt threatened by this Bill, she responded, Yes, I love my dogs very much and this Bill concerns me greatly. If a neighbour decides they don't like my dogs, they are in jeopardy.

Michelle Holmes, for Bracebridge Animal Hospital, offered her Clinic's anti-BSL sympathies, noting responsibility rests with the dog owner. She spoke of the requirement for a bite registry, enforced licensing, education and training. Commenting that a "pit bull" is not a breed, she stated that her practice will not euthanize young healthy dogs without a reason and that bull and terrier mixes are not more aggressive than other combinations or breeds of dogs.

Sandy Briggs is a dog judge, dog owner and animal control Officer for three Townships. Opposed to BSL, he spoke of responsible dog ownership, that 90 percent of animal control's problems are owners of mutts and that targeting breeds is nonsensical. He spoke of the CKC identification program for purebred dogs, comparisons to other areas where breeds have been unsuccessfully banned and the benefits of Dangerous Dog Legislation. Having handled hundreds of dogs, he noted that he had experienced only one "pit bull" incident in fifteen years.

Maureen Pyke spoke of the ineffectiveness of BSL. She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier owner and quoted that there are 660 Staffordshire Bull Terriers in Ontario out of an estimated 350,000 dogs.

Bruce Turnbull is a trainer who spoke against BSL's ineffectiveness. Noting that it does not keep communities safe he gave a strong overview of the experiences of the rest of the world when trying to unsuccessfully implement BSL.

Ronald Jeroy is pro-BSL feeling that "pit bulls" are fearless guard dogs. He spoke at length regarding breeders being the problem by not better screening and educating puppy buyers.

Kim Leblanc, Ontario CKC Director, offered a strong presentation focused on proper socialization and training of dogs as companion animals. Outlining the many organizations who are not in support of Bill 132, Mrs Leblanc noted her concern with the very limited consultation by government and lack of consideration for the expert input surrounding this Bill prior to its being written. An excellent example of the difficulties in identifying breeds was offered to the Committee to underline the tremendous challenges the many uneducated animal control and police officers will face in having to identify breeds under Bill 132. Kim finished her presentation by reading a speech written by Abby a Grade 8 student in Ontario who, while not an owner of a targeted breed, is intensely concerned about Breed Specific Legislation and Bill 132 in particular.

Monica Johnny is a trainer, groomer, behaviour consultant and flyball judge. Anti-Bill 132, she championed Dangerous Dog Legislation, enforcement of fines, proper socialization, owner education and a review and implementation of the inquest recommendations of the Trempe inquest. Explaining to the Committee that dogs are not people, she explained the issues surrounding muzzling, dog behaviour and education of owners.

Robin Summerley owns a software company providing site services to Veterinarians. He noted that using his statistical database, Vets see 20,000 - 30,000 animals in the course of an average career. Choosing a typical Clinic, there are 10,677 dog records. He then wrote three questions the number of breeds within the 10,677, the number of dogs per breed and the category of threat each posed. Analysis shows that no breed or breed mix is more than 5% aggressive and ?pit bulls came in at less than 1%. Mr. Summerley noted that his clientele is Veterinarians. They have told him that "pit bulls" are not a problem but that no one will ever want to adopt a bull and terrier mix again in Ontario should this Bill pass.

Dr Gary Goeree of the Animal Hospital of Kitchener-Waterloo gave a powerful presentation. Heavily involved in the Kitchener-Waterloo By Law application, he provided an overview of the process followed to enact the By Law. Council banned "pit bulls" in 1997 as a result of one Veterinarians bringing to Council the following: - "Pit Bulls" are the leading cause of bites, chemically they have a different brain from other dogs, they have a 2000psi jaw pressure and are number 1 in dog bite fatalities. Research thereafter proved that ?pitbull? ranked well down the bite scale, immediately behind Poodles; a board certified neurologist confirms that there is no study and has never been a study noting any thought of a chemical difference in the brain of a "pitbull" vis-à-vis any other dog; no study has proven the 2000 psi thought this has been media generated; regarding dog bite fatalities, fatalities tend to be in proportion to the breeds numbers in any country and for a time the "pit bull" comprising four breeds as denoted in the US was #1 but then the focus moved to other breeds. In 1997 there was no good evidence that "pit bulls" were more dangerous than other dogs. When asking the Kitchener paper why they reported only "pitbull" bites, the editor responded, "They make news". Dr Goeree notes that Kitchener-Waterloo's By Law is not a success story. It is an experiment that was a mistake and is not based on fact. It is not and experiment that should be repeated Province-wide. When asked about the Calgary By Law, Dr Goeree responded, In January this year I presented to Kitchener Council the methods to toughen up dangerous dog legislation. Waterloo bite statistics have not dropped since BSL was invoked.

Tracy Dineley is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeder, a dog handler and groomer. She spoke of the problem owners, noting that all dogs can bite. Offering that the media ahs blown the issue out of proportion, she stated that the SBT should not be on this list, rather there should be a look at who is holding the leash. Offering solutions including stopping the sale of dogs in pet stores, mandatory spay/neuter and public education, Ms Dineley supported the view that reputable breeders through client screening do the public a service and their dogs should not be targets.
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