The Latest Update on Ontario’s Pit Bull Ban Regulations

| November 6, 2021

A step in the right direction

Join us in being a voice for the voiceless

In 2005, Ontario passed Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) when it made amendments to the Dog Owners’ Liability Act. The Act contains specific provisions which ban residents of Ontario from owning “pit bulls”.

Under the Act, if a dog is found to be a “pit bull” – which includes American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terriers – the dog would either be transferred out of the province, euthanized, or turned over to a research facility, even if the dog has no prior offences.

The legislation goes so far as to claim that any dog who has similar characteristics to any of the banned breeds is also at risk of being identified as a “pit bull’ and therefore could also end up being a target of the breed specific components of the Act.

Toronto Humane Society and many other organizations have been working towards lifting this ban ever since. It’s been a long fight, and although the fight is not over, we are happy to share some good news that was announced yesterday.

Premiere Ford’s government announced adjustments related to the province’s pit bull ban. The adjust will allow animals who have been seized solely on their appearance to be returned to their families while a breed designation test is performed.

This is a step in the right direction but we’re not there yet. If a dog is found to be a “pit bull”, it still poses the risk of being removed from their loving home.

This is our time to continue to be a voice for the voiceless and help this sweet and loving breed. This is our time to push forward and connect with your local MPP and the Premiere.