Mac wearing his Purple Heart for bravery
Copyright 2017 J.M.(Mac)MacDonald
"All pets are unique and trying to predict the behaviour or personality of one breed over another is difficult and unreliable.
That is why laws intended to brand certain breeds of dogs as dangerous(such as pit bull terriers)are as unreasonable and invalid as racial profiling and cultural stereotyping."
~Dr Bernhard Pukay
I was contacted by a well known U.S. pit bull owner about a dog I was sponsoring for a Rescue.
Individual had expressed interest (to the Rescue) in offering that dog a home & felt I should be made aware of that if I was giving them money.
I sent an email to the Rescue asking about that offer and was ignored.
I stopped donating.
Another Ontario Rescue failed to follow up on a Foster Application to help a 'pit bull'
(back when I thought perhaps it made sense to have to apply to offer them a foster home-it doesn`t.
It`s more than a major responsibility, it`s a huge legal liability
(due to the def`n of Owner in DOLA)
Fostering requires a discussion not an Application.
This same Rescue above claimed at a later date that they had not had a 'pit bull' in their care but had no explanation for why they had taken an ongoing monthly donation designated for a 'pit bull' if they had none in their care.
This Rescue also admitted to me that they had allowed a Rescue dog in their care to kill a cat (& not just any cat) but they`re going to show Adopters how to integrate a dog into a home with cats.
I stopped donating.
Another Rescue was referred to me by their Vet because they needed Foster Homes.
They failed to follow up after being offered a Foster Home.
When I was looking to offer a forever home to a dog, I contacted a # of Rescues.
I received 1 (snooty) reply.
Rescues like to ask but not answer questions.
I have met a Vet,a Vet Tech,a Rescue Worker and numerous other great dog owners who were unable to adopt from Ontario Rescues.
Gawd get over yourselves.
Generations have chosen & brought dogs into homes with kids of all ages,cats,other pets & no fenced yards.
No one needs the 'approval' of a dog rescuer to have a dog.
(Adoptions require a conversation not an application.)
Your money may not be doing what you think it`s doing.
It may be helping to keep dogs in Rescue rather than helping to place them in perfectly good homes.
Donor no more
What`s wrong with Ontario Rescues.....I`d say plenty.
What an eye opener
Any EndBSL person dumb enough to vote for a Politician or help put a new Premier in Office w/o knowing their position on BSL deserves to live in a Province with BSL
Doug Ford has won the Leadership of the PC Party
NO ANSWER IS AN ANSWER
DOUG FORD SUPPORTS BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION
Tell me you will repeal BSL Doug-Send me an email or post a comment.
No reason to replace a Liberal Premier who supports BSL with a PC Leader who supports it.
(Andrea Horwath NDP Wannabe Premier has a voting history to repeal BSL)
I wonder how many Ontario End BSL folks bothered forking over $10 so they could help choose the next PC Leader?
I wonder how many bothered trying to find out their position on BSL?
To those who fight BSL constructively
(Those who have read the Legislation & DOLA,who are able to educate others,who write letters,who bother to vote.)
Breed Specific Legislation is not a Partisan issue.
You need to know the position of each & every Candidate or sitting Politician.
If they have no voting history on BSL or refuse to answer,you MUST assume they support BSL regardless of Party affiliation.
This is the ONLY way to keep them out or get them out during Elections.
This email is not to be copied and pasted anywhere without a link to this Blog Post.
Thanks for reaching out and apologies for the delay.
Tanya firmly believes that less government is better government and that breed specific legislation represents poor public policy.
Not only was previous legislation poorly drafted, it also set a dangerous precedent for how governments make laws in response to media coverage.
Should Tanya lead a PC government, you can be assured that she would take action to ensure that government intrudes as little as possible in the lives of Ontarians.
I hope that she can count on your support.
Tanya Granic Allen for PC Leader Campaign
See Patrick Brown`s Position on BSL here
While these 3 below seem to be equally arrogant when it comes to responding to Party Members,...Elliott should be ranked above Ford & Mulroney on the ballot because we have Elliott`s voting history on BSL.
Doug Ford refused to state his position on BSL
Caroline Mulroney`s Position on BSL-Refuses to answer-BEWARE
Christine Elliott`s Position on BSL-No Response-CAUTION
(She did vote to repeal previously but will not take a position as potential Leader of the PC Party & refused to speak up on behalf of the disabled with banned Service Dogs when asked.
Doug,I keep responding to your never ending begs for $ & support with...
"What is your position on BSL?"
No answer is an answer Doug
DOUG FORD SUPPORTS BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION
(It`s called reverse onus)
Tell me you don`t Doug.Send me an email,leave a comment here or respond to my tweet.
I am sick to death of Politicians who refuse to answer questions about BSL
(This Post will be updated if/when I hear from Doug or see an Official Statement from him re repealing BSL)
Unlike some in this fight who may support you just because you`re a Conservative,I won`t.
Politicians must state their position on the record (so I can help boot them out if they lie) or they must have a voting history to repeal BSL.
Long term you don`t get rid of BSL by getting rid of a Political Party,you get rid of it by getting rid of individuals already in Office who support it and NOT supporting individuals running for Office who support it.
How do you find out if they support BSL...It`s simple...ask them.
No answer is an answer-they support BSL
NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has a Voting History to repeal BSL
See Patrick Brown`s Statement below
"We need less Government Intervention in our lives and thoughtful Legislation based on evidence
which is why I firmly believe we need to repeal Breed Specific Legislation in Ontario"
(Expenses for Expert Witness who met with Patrick were covered by me)
Patrick has since stepped down.
The responses I received when I wrote to the PC Leadership Candidates
I have asked the PC Party if they (rather than just my MPP) would consider introducing Courtney`s Bill in memory of Courtney Trempe to become Courtney`s Law.
(akin to Rowan Stringer`s Concussion Bill which has just passed 3rd Reading and will become Rowan`s Law)
I have the support of Courtney Trempe`s Mother...
"Thank you for your efforts on behalf of my daughter!"
I`ve explained why it`s important to get the focus off 'pit bulls' and on to Effective Laws & the Trempe Inquest Recommendations.
The designated Expert Witness from the Courtney Trempe Inquest also explained that to former PC Leader Patrick Brown when they met in Toronto.
The Conversation should be about the Trempe Inquest recs rather than dogs.
Courtney Trempe was a little girl killed by a neighbour`s dog in 1998
(A dog not impacted by BSL)
An Inquest was held into her death and out of that came 36 recommendations.
All but a few were ignored by Gov`t.
Instead they chose to enact BSL years later which does not improve Community Safety.
It would not have helped Courtney, as the type of dog that killed Courtney is not a type targeted by Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)
Courtney`s Mother testified to that effect at the Committee Hearings prior to the passage of Bill 132 (Amendments to DOLA)
I propose as we go forward in our attempts to have BSL repealed,we fight this fight in Courtney`s memory rather than a dog & that future Bills introduced in the Legislature to repeal BSL be tabled as Courtney`s Bill.
While we all love our dogs & we are fighting to save their lives,our number one goal is to have effective laws in place to make Communities safer for both Children & Adults.
Let`s fight for that in memory Of Courtney Trempe.
A memorial fund was set up in memory of Courtney to provide support for child victims of dog attacks and their families.
(Not sure if it`s still active.No response from them when I asked)
Please listen to PBLNN Interview where Kerry Vinson (Designated Expert Witness at the Trempe Inquest) talks about the Inquest recs & explains why we need effective laws not BSL.
You can also listen/download the Nov 4th show here.
Kerry starts to speak at about 45 mins.
You can read an article written by Kerry on the failure of the amendments to DOLA (Dog Owner`s Liability Act) to improve Public Safety and the threat this Legislation poses to all dog owners.
The best way to honour Tupper`s life was to make a donation to
"The Goodbye My Friend Fund"
& give another dog the type of life that Tupper lived for 13 years.
(Tupper was a real life K9 Good Neighbour)
Tupper came here as a puppy,left when she was ready to go & is now back home.
She enjoyed every minute of life right up to the moment she left.
She got to enjoy all her favourite treats,some slathered with Peanut Butter.
She was an absolute dream dog and brought great joy to many lives for many years.
Tupper got to run wildly through open fields chasing ducks,roll in smelly stuff,play with Mac (for years),
go for car & boat rides (which she loved) and swim for 13 years.
a special shout out to little Rory the Westie.
(No Turtles were harmed)
May 13,2004-Apr 4,2017
(& Angus 2005-2016)
This Ontario 'pit bull' was sent to the U.S.A a while back to be assessed by Diane Jessup of LawDogsUSA
Airfare was donated in memory of Mac
Unfortunately Bandit didn`t make the cut.
He had the drive but was too easily distracted according to Diane.
A $500 donation was given to their GRANT PROGRAM
In memory of Mac
Choose Recipients wisely when you`re looking to donate money.
I have given a lot of money that was not used appropriately or effectively
Please support Galunker.
As one of the financial backers of this Project,
I have the 1st Edition.
I highly recommend it.
You can also Phone/Fax or Contact them via Twitter & Facebook but Snail Mail would be best.
You can find more Info on BSL here.
Feel free to send the Link to the Premier
People must do more than whine in Facebook Groups and chant Slogans to help end BSL.
When I was on Twitter I asked the CVMA if they would write a Letter to the Gov`t regarding BSL
and the Canadian Standards being developed for Psychiatric Service Dogs.
They did just that.
"While the CVMA is very supportive of this initiative,it cautions the government against any breed specific limitations and also calls for the use of humane training methods."
Now that we have a new Gov`t in place I suggest writing to the CVMA and asking them to send a Letter to the new Minister of Veteran`s Affairs, the Honourable Seamus O`Regan.
In 2005 the Liberals amended the Dog Owner`s Liability Act(DOLA) and the Animals for Research Act(ARA.)
There is now a Ban on 3 recognized PureBreeds
and any dogs that simply look like them.
While they provided exemptions for certain Dog Shows and Flyball Tournaments
they gave no exemption for Service Dogs.
I have enlisted the help of a Federal MP to see if we can at the very least,
get the Federal Gov`t to enact Legislation to protect Service Dogs from BSL.
I told him ideally we would like BSL banned Canada wide.
This MP said to leave it with him,he has contacts and he`s going to see what he can do.
I think it would be a good time for everyone to contact Prime Minister Trudeau
and their own MP and ask them to support such an initiative
(I won`t hold my breath)
Now is the time to act as Service Dogs are on everyone`s minds
as the Gov`t of Canada prepares to fund Service Dogs for Veterans.
As there is no exemption for Service Dogs under DOLA & no exemption for Tourists,