Some of you may have read about the German Shepherd-type dog biting a girl in Ajax....note the following paragraph from the CityTV report on this incident.
"It's still not clear why the dog turned on the girl, but Animal Control tells CityNews.ca the dog has been signed over to the town by the owner and it will be put down after tests are conducted to ensure it's not rabid. There's still no word on why it was loose, the reasons it went after the teen or whether the owner will face charges under a local bylaw. "
Here's why I am seriously angry (not with CityTV, btw), with how this and other non-"pit bull" incidents are handled.
1. The Town of Ajax taxpayers paid to kill this dog, not the owner. Is the owner being billed? I doubt it.
2. No word on whether the owner will face charges under a local by-law?
Michael Bryant tub-thumped his breed-specific amendments to the Dog Owners' Liability Act as a way to keep people safer.
Those Michael Bryant and Dolton McGuinty amendments have killed thousands of dogs that did no harm, but this German-Shepherd type owner may scoot out from under ANY responsibility for the dog's behaviour, not even a slap on the wrist from a local by-law let alone a lifetime prohition on ownership, civil responsibility for the injuries the dog bite caused this girl, no fine, no criminal charges....why, why, why?
Well, sheesh, Ma, it's not a mythical "pit bull". That seriously pisses me off.
The girl pays, the dog pays, the taxpayers pay, and this irresponsible owner gets off free and clear, and will probably get and ruin another dog. What's wrong with this picture?
There are so many things wrong here, I'm absolutely livid.