Change The Ontario Dog Bite Law Process

Change The Ontario Dog Bite Law Process

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Jay Lesky started this petition to Provincial goverment

The system is BROKEN if anyone is attacked, bit or hurt in any way from a dog, what you might not know is you are powerless no matter how severe the incident was.  A dog can rip apart a kid and be left in the owners possession, if a person did that to a kid they would be locked up in taken to jail.  Why is this different?

In the event of a serious attack that causes injury, the current bylaw allows the animal to stay under the care of the dog owner for a minimum of 10 days, which they call a quarantine period, where the dog is assessed and then a decision is made on what to deem the dog: without spending anytime with the dog, the owner needs to secure the dog on a 3 foot leash, muzzle the dog when they are on walks, have a sign erected on the property and have a fenced in yard to be compliant with the dangerous dog act.

As most dog lovers, we feel there isn't a bad dog just bad dog owners; we don't necessarily want to see the animal destroyed, just dealt with under the watch of professionals and get the proper support the owners need to get the right training and help to rehabilitate the animal and in extreme cases, there may not be any other recourse than having the animal euthanized.

Problem With The Current By-Law

In the event of a serious attack/mauling where there is significant damage and a safety hazard, owner negligence and a repeat offence is probable, we feel that this dated bylaw needs to be looked at and challenged to prevent further incidents, especially in extreme cases, and as more and more people are owning dogs who shouldn't be in the first place.

You can't make an educated decision on the animal without observing it; the animal needs to be accessed under the care of a professional. Often these animals are abused and not in the greatest environment to succeed, and are locked up and not being worked with daily by the owners, which is infuriating to know why they have a dog.  

Proposal Is as Follows:

In the event of an incident, whether it's a bite or serious attack, there is a number to call where the process is standardized 24/7 because most of these attacks are on weekends.

The animal is immediately assessed by a team of city professionals and if deemed the situation is such where the animal should be taken and observed closely, and they are given the power to take the animal under their care and monitored away from the owners, especially if they are the ones at fault.  You can't blanket every situation, which the current by law does. It needs to be accessed closely and done on a case by case basis.  The city and owner should be liable at this point where if they leave an animal and something happens during the quarantine period, the consequences are so severe with fines and charges to both the city and the owner, and if the owner doesn't want the responsibility of a reoccurring incident, they would gladly forfeit their animal.

There should be other countermeasures and new rules set in place for owning a dog, especially ones deemed to be potentially dangerous, and could potentially affect their house insurance, and needing mandatory training done to ensure the animal is getting the proper time and attention needed for that specific breed.   

In closing, let's not forget, the party on the end of the bite isn't the only victim. Our hearts go out to everyone affected, the animal owner, family, friends, neighbours, people countywide, and especially the animal, who is probably under care of a negligent, irresponsible owner that doesn't know how to properly care for it. 

Owning a Dog is a Privilege and not a Right.  Please Sign this petition as we don't want another family to go through the process of living in fear and waiting for something else to happen because it will.

 

 

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