On January 13 Brampton Animal Services seized two dogs, siblings, for violating the province's pit bull ban. The dogs are 2 years old and are brother and sister. They are Boxer/American Bulldog mix. Now, if that picture of Rambo doesn't SCREAM Boxer, I don't know what would.
“We stand by the fact that the dogs are boxer mixes,” said Rui Branco, 42, whose brother owns Brittany and her parents, Jersey and Tyson. “There was no warrant, no complaints or abuse complaints. The city has been stonewalling us. We got a letter a day ago from the city ... certifying Brittany as a pit bull.”
Up until the news article today, I haven't read anything that would suggest a cause for this action from Brampton Animal Services ... until I read this:
Animal Services said that Joseph Branco had registered Tyson as a restricted pit bull in a 2008 licensing document, which means it’s against the law for Tyson to have puppies. “I have no idea how the city registered Tyson, the father, as a pit bull and I have no idea what led them here,” Branco said. “Their excuse for being at our door was to collect the licence fee. The bylaw officer said, ‘I’m going to hunt (Tyson’s pups) down, one by one,’”
I've said it before and I'll say it again. Breed bans don't fix the problem. Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) does nothing to make irresponsible owners accountable, punishes responsible dog owners and costs innocent dog lives. If you are interested in reading some of the news articles that have covered this story, check them out below.
Rambo on death row as city, owners battle over breeding - January 29, 2010
Boxer mixes caught up in pit bull controversy - February 2, 2010
Brampton Dog Battle Has Owner Fuming - February 2, 2010
Groundswell of support for two dogs on death row - February 2, 2010
Seized dogs aren't pit bulls: Owners - February 3, 2010