September 26, 2007

Labrador Retriever owner charged with owning a "pit bull"

One of my own biggest frustrations over the past few years has been how difficult it has been to gather dog owners of ALL breeds together. Together, we're one of the largest demographics in the country and, together, politicians would have no choice but to listen.

Many, many of the people who have supported the fight against the Ontario legislation own breeds or mixes that aren't explicitly included in the law and some don't own dogs at all. To those people, I appreciate your time, effort, money and the fact that you "get it".

But there are literally hundreds of thousands of dog owners in Ontario who think it's someone else's problem.

How many times have I heard, "it won't happen to us", "our dog's not a pit bull, why should we worry?", "well, they have to do something about these owners and maybe this is the best way"?

Well folks, like we've been trying to say for a while now, it's NOT just about pit bulls and it CAN happen to you.

Remember the different breeds listed in an earlier article, all of which have been identified by Ontario authorities as "pit bulls". Notice I said "authorities". These were not just average members of the public pointing at a dog and thinking they might know the breed. These were people who have the power to take your dog away and kill it.

Here's a perfect example, this time a Labrador Retriever. Keep in mind, when you're reading this, that six out of every seven dogs in this country do NOT have purebred registration papers. Putting it bluntly, this lady got lucky. Usually, they take your dog and keep it at a shelter, under extremely stressful conditions, while your court case winds it way through six months or a year or two years. So, even if you can prove the breed of your dog, it would normally be confiscated until the court case.

http://wagthedog.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/9/25/3253427.html

And another, this time a Jack Russell Terrier mix.

http://wagthedog.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/9/12/3225120.html

A person writing a comment about an earlier article questioned the accuracy of some of the statements regarding what life is like in Ontario right now. I can assure you that, even though most of these people don't want publicity and don't want their names used, I have talked with the majority of these people personally and, in the rest, one of our directors or lawyers has.

These are real stories happening to real people every day in this province.

Read them again at the link below and ask yourself if you really want to vote Dalton McGuinty, Michael Bryant, David Zimmer, and the rest of the Liberal Party of Ontario back into office.

http://wagthedog.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2007/8/31/3197428.html

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September 24, 2007

Miakoda's dead

I received this letter today from East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please read and act.

Miakoda's dead. My baby. My pride & joy. Cole's best friend.......is dead. All because of some irresponsible *******.

I'll got into more detail later, but what happened was the temp outside was nice, all the neighbors were out working the yards with their kids out playing, so I decided to load Cole up in the stroller and walk some dogs just up and down the street (it's a deadend street). Mia was the 3rd dog I walked. As we were making out way back to the house, the unimaginable happened: a 100 lb Lab mix came bolting out of his front door. The dog was charging, barking & growling, straight towards me & Cole as Mia was on the other side and she didn't even see him coming. Lord forgive me, I didn't know what else to do but to yank Mia onto the side of the dog in order to let her try and ward the dog off while I got Cole out of the way. I could only imagine what would have happened at that dog hit the stroller at full speed. Thus my nightmare began.

Several neighbors who witnessed what happened, ran over to try and help. My neighbor & friend, Leslie, grabbed Cole and rushed him inside her home. It was then I turned my attention to my 44 lb girl doing her best to protect us from a 100 lb beast. One of the larger men decided, along with myself, to try and get the dogs apart as Mia was fighting with all her heart but that dog had a huge advantage. When he hit her running, she was literally flung over onto her back. Since I trusted Mia, I had the guy try to get a hold of her while I dealt with the lab (yes, I'm stupid, but that was MY dog that dog was trying to kill). Now mind you, the other dog's owner still hadn't come out of his house despite all the yelling & screaming not just by the adults, but by the 7-8 children watching this take place. When we had a good chance, we both went in for the dog's collars to grab hold. That's when the Lab saw me coming & turned his attention onto my leg. He grabbed & shook, but the other guy missed grabbing Mia as she was able to jump up and she then got a firm grip on the dog's upper leg and chest area. She wouldn't let go. At this time, the Lab's owner came running out and he was literally beating the life out of Mia, but she wouldn't let go. I kept trying to get to him & yell at him that he was making her even more mad, but he wouldn't listen. I was desperately trying to get him to just find a way to put a leash on his dog then we could get them apart, but he was ignoring me. Finally some of the other guys were able to pull him away. But before I could even blink, he came out with a shotgun. And that's when he shot my Mia.......he shot my baby girl. He shot MY dog! He shot her in front of children!

I don't remember much after that except hearing her scream and then go limp. I remember the other guy trying to get a hold of his dog when the sheriff deputies pulled up. They then called in the state police and animal control.

They arrested the man for animal cruelty and for discharging a firearm in the close proximity of humans. They were nice & sympathetic and decided to not allow him to bail out tonight, but rather the s.o.b. will have to wait for the judge or whomever to see bail in the morning. The kicker was that when AC finally got the other dog loaded up, I told them bluntly that I wanted that dog dead by tonight & they could check for rabies the old fashioned way. And guess what I was told: That they were going to hold the dog for 10 days and then release it back into its home and that I would have to file a complaint otherwise. So here I am with a dead dog in the middle of the street and I'm hearing that this ******* & his just as crappy family will get their "beloved pet" back. There is absolutely NO justice! NONE!

I talked to a Lt. on the scene and he told me to file suit early in the week against the owner & the dog. He said the issue he could see is that I was bitten trying to break up a dog fight vs. just being bitten outright. (Yet, I had barely even touched the dog when it saw me & turned and grabbed me!)

I just got off the phone with my friend and lawyer, and she will have something worked up by the middle of this week so we can file. Over my dead body will that family get that mongrel back.

But what makes me the angriest and the saddest is that in less than a minute that guy ruined my life, but nothing I can do from here on out will cause him the same pain and anguish and torment and anger and frustration that he has caused me. Nothing.

I don't know what I'm going to do from here. A part of my heart died tonight with my girl. She was my baby. She was Cole's best friend. She was a clown just like her momma. A part of me is ready to just throw in the towel. I've done nothing but love these dogs and fight for them, and yet I've been through too much heartache. I honestly don't even have the desire to go deal with the dogs I've got left.....but I know I have to. I can't give up.....not now......not ever.

God I wish this was all a dream. I wish I could turn back time and decide to call it an evening and not walk the dogs. God....there are so many things I wish could've been done differently. But my baby's gone...........she's gone.........

I've got to go now as I was originally going to bury Mia with a neighbor's help, but my former boss has so graciously offered to open the clinic for me to bring her in for private cremation. One day I will spread her ashes out somewhere she would've loved to have roamed free.......and that day she will be free........never to be harmed through words or actions by the cruel and heartless people in this world. God help me......I don't know how I'm going to get through this.............

After I leave there, I'm headed to the hospital to get my leg looked at. I've got one really deep puncture and a lot of swelling now. My entire quad is throbbing and I have some tingling in my toes. I have included some pictures of my leg after I cleaned it up a bit--they are somewhat graphic, so look at your own risk. And mind you, I was wearing bluejean shorts at the time and the dog bit clear through the pantsleg.

We are trying to help her anyway we can. She has spent her life fighting for our dogs and now we need to help fight in memory of Miakoda. I know everyone here is extremely busy but anything will help.

After what has happened in my life and after numerous discussions with friends, family, and a government official, an idea was presented to have those willing write letters to "To whom it may concern:" or "Dear sir or madam," and send them to a specified email account. Letters will be printed off daily and stored for a certain time frame (let's say 4 weeks) before being bound into a "book" of sorts. The theory behind this is that while it is wonderful to have everyone sending in letters here and there to various news media and gov't officials, the reality is that they delete them faster than they can get the next lie out of their mouths. It's nice to hear numerous voices proclaiming the same message whether it be education about the "pit bull" breeds, outrage against B.S.L., etc., but the idea of putting out a book of letters that will instead be speaking as one loud and noticeable voice is very exciting and intriguing.

We have the large commercial printers and the binding machines and supplies needed for me to do this here in East Baton Rouge Parish and Ascension Parish. My plan is to dispense these "books" into the hands of those who need a wake-up call and the hands of friends in positions that can be beneficial to us. The local news media, both t.v. stations and newspaper, will also receive several copies.

Worst case scenario the books are thrown out. Better scenario is that someone finds the book on their desk, glances through it, reads a few letters, and becomes intrigued that hundreds of people have come together and put forth the effort to speak and be heard. Best scenario is for this book of letters to touch someone's heart and mind and cause them to face the truth behind the dogs, the truth behind the owners, and see what steps we propose as a group to fix the issues (not just with "pit bulls", but with ALL dogs--i.e. mandatory leash laws, high fines for loose dogs, dogs loose a 2nd time get euthanized, whatever............)

The email address for sending letters to is miakodasmemory@yahoo.com .

While I would greatly appreciate letters addressing my situation, I would also love for some to do some informative ones about the dogs, about us as owners, and offer alternatives to B.S.L. This is our chance to truly join together and speak as one!

I do ask that everyone keep their cool (which is why I've waited this long to write letters myself) and to avoid foul language. I will be running spellcheck on every letter before printing them out as well so just do your best at spelling and grammar, but don't stress about it. However, I will ONLY be editing spelling and punctuation and will NOT change any content whatsoever. These are your words not mine and that's what makes it special.....that we each have a voice and we each have the right to use it!

Feel free to crosspost this thread as I would love to see how far this goes.

Also, the book will be updated even after the initial 4 weeks I am giving it. And I also plan on turning it into a .pdf document so that I can send it to anyone who wishes to do their own reproduction as it would be wonderful for everyone to use in their own fights against B.S.L. and the ignorant public.

Again I just want to thank everyone for all the kind words, for all the support, and for all the thoughts and prayers. I know I sound like a broken record here, but I cannot stress how tough the past 2 weeks (almost) have been. It's been such a comfort to know that people beyond my family and circle of local friends are out there fighting for me and my dogs just as much as for themselves and their dogs. And I will say that it goes both ways.

I'm doing this in Miakoda's memory and in her honor, but it's not just for her. I'm doing this for ALL the dogs in the hopes that we can turn things around so that our dogs aren't killed/murdered and we as owners aren't criminals that must prove our innocence.

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September 13, 2007

Ontario: There's no place like this!

I'm one of the lucky ones (I guess).

I've already decided that my dogs could be identified as "pit bulls" by Animal Control officers in Ontario, I've been on television, on radio, in the newspapers, and out at public events with them.

I've licensed them with my city as "pit bull terriers" (their words, not mine). In hindsight, I may have been better off licensing them as mutts, but I wasn't thinking about a BAN ON MY DOGS when I licensed them!

I'm less likely than some to be able to argue what my dogs are or aren't, simply because I've fought so hard and so publicly for them.

Unlike the poor lady in this story at Wag the Dog.

Make sure you read the whole story there to understand just how scary this is.

She has a one-and-a-half-year-old Jack Russell terrier mix and a four-month-old hound mix, but according to Animal Control, she has PIT BULLS!!!

She now has to hire a lawyer and go to court to fight provincial charges against her (with the potential of up to $10,000 in fines and up to six months in jail) and to fight SPCA requests for destruction of her dogs!

Her dogs are not at her house right now, just to make sure that they don't get confiscated and killed by the SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS!

The dogs have never threatened anyone, have never bitten anyone, and have been loved and played with by all of the apartment complex children.

This, my friends, is what the McGuinty Ontario Liberals have done to your average dog owner.

Vote for someone else on October 10.

Don't let these guys kill more dogs and destroy more dog owners' lives.

Please.

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Important data for Ontario residents

Wag the Dog has published some very important data related to the upcoming Ontario election.

The first tells you how all Members of Provincial Parliament voted on Bill 132 (the Dog Owners' Liability Act), a piece of legislation that has caused the deaths of thousands of dogs and violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of thousands of Canadian citizens.

If your MPP voted in favour of Bill 132 (or failed to vote), feel free to drop in to their constituency office and explain to them why you won't be voting for them on October 10.

The second article shows which of the current 107 Ontario ridings were most closely contested in the 2003 election (usually between the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives). 38 of the 107 ridings had two parties separated by less than 10% of the vote.

For anyone in these ridings (or anyone who wants to travel to them), effective lawn signs and literature in vets' offices and pet stores could make a difference enough to swing the vote away from the Liberals.

Click here to see how your MPP voted on Bill 132.

Click here to see a list of the current 107 ridings and who won them vs who came in second in 2003.

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September 10, 2007

How will you shout from your lawn or your car?

Recently, some dog legislation group members were talking about slogans to put on lawn signs, bumper stickers, dog jackets, window decals, etc, against the Ontario Liberal party and in favour of one of the other major parties (PC Progressive Conservatives or NDP New Democratic Party).

Here are just a few of the suggestions.


AT THE END OF EVERY LEASH IS A VOTE

AT THE END OF EVERY LEASH IS A VOTER

AT THE END OF MY LEASH IS A VOTE FOR FAIR DOG LAWS

AT THE END OF MY LEASH IS MY VOTING OWNER

CONSIDER THE CONSEQUENCES OF BILL 132

DALTON MCGUINTY OR DOG OWNERSHIP - YOU CAN'T HAVE BOTH!

DOG LOVER? NOT IF YOU VOTE LIBERAL!

DOG OWNERS BITE BACK ON OCTOBER 10!

DON'T LET THE LIBERALS KILL MORE DOGS!

ELECT POLITICIANS WHO SUPPORT DOG OWNERS

FREE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS

HATE ME, YOU DON'T WANT OUR VOTE

I CAN'T VOTE BUT MY HUMAN CAN

I DONT VOTE LIBERAL BECAUSE I HAVE A DOG

I DON'T VOTE FOR PUPPY KILLERS!

I VOTE AGAINST BREED BANS

IF YOU DON'T LIKE MY BREED(S), YOU DON'T GET MY VOTE

IF YOU LOVE DOGS, VOTE PC OR NDP

IF YOU OWN A DOG, DON'T VOTE LIBERAL!

I'M VOTING FOR DOG OWNERS' RIGHTS

I'M VOTING TO SAVE MY DOG

LIBERALS MAKE MY DOG FEEL BLUE

MICHAEL BRYANT: RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE DEAD DOGS THAN MICHAEL VICK!

MUZZLE MCGUINTY

MUZZLE ONTARIO'S LIBERALS - VOTE

MY DOG DESERVES EQUALITY

MY DOG GOT MY PROXY FOR VOTING

MY DOG IS BEGGING ME TO VOTE PC OR NDP

MY DOG IS PC/NDP

MY DOG LOVES EVERYBODY BUT DALTON MCGUINTY

MY DOG LOVES PC BLUE

MY DOG VOTES THROUGH ME

MY HUMAN GOT MY PROXY FOR VOTING

MY VOTE GOES FOR RESPONSIBLE LAWS

PAWS TO VOTE AGAINST TYRANNY

PAWS UP FOR PC'S/NDP

PAWS-ITIVELY PC/NDP

PROTECT YOUR DOG - VOTE PC/NDP

PROTECT YOUR DOG. DON'T VOTE LIBERAL.

PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS - REJECT THE MCGUINTY LIBERALS

SAVE A DOG - VOTE PC/NDP

SAVE YOUR DOG - DUMP MCGUINTY ON OCTOBER 10!

THE LIBERALS WANT TO KILL YOUR DOG (AND THOUSANDS LIKE IT)!

THE ONLY THING THE LIBERALS ARE GOOD AT IS KILLING DOGS!

THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY - KILLING MORE DOGS DAILY THAN MICHAEL VICK EVER DID!

THE ONTARIO LIBERAL PARTY - THE ULTIMATE DOG KILLING MACHINE!

THE ONTARIO LIBERALS - MAKING ONTARIO A DOG-FREE ZONE - PLEASE VOTE PC/NDP

VOTE (PC/NDP) AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOGS!

VOTE NO TO LIBERAL - YOUR DOG WILL THANK YOU FOR IT

For those of you who aren't in Ontario and may not completely understand some of the comments, here are some pointers:

The Ontario Liberal Party is the current government of the province of Ontario, Canada and is the party that implemented a province-wide breed ban and additional legislation that violates not only dog owners' rights, but human rights in general.

Dalton McGuinty is the leader of this party. Michael Bryant is the Attorney General of the government and was the media face of this legislation.

The Progressive Conservatives (PC) are the conservative alternative and are the most serious challenge to the current Liberal government.

The New Democratic Party (NDP) are the left alternative.

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September 07, 2007

MPP's call for police investigation of McGuinty's government

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to vote the Ontario Liberal government out of office, here's another.



ROBERT W. RUNCIMAN, MPP
Leeds-Grenville

PETER KORMOS, MPP
Niagara Centre

For Immediate Release
September 6, 2007

PC AND NDP MPP’s call for police investigation of “slushgate”

(Toronto) - Progressive Conservative and New Democratic MPP’s joined forces today to call for a police investigation into a scandal involving $32 million in grants to multicultural groups by the McGuinty Liberal government.

Bob Runciman (MPP Leeds-Grenville), a former Solicitor General and Peter Kormos (MPP Niagara Centre), a former criminal defence lawyer, released a letter to Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant requesting a police investigation into “financial misconduct” by political officials in the distribution of “highly questionable” grants made at the fiscal year end over the last two years.

In late July, Ontario’s Auditor General released a review of the decision-making process used in the distribution of grants. His findings and scathing criticism detailing the lack of control and transparency as the money was doled out, led to the resignation of Citizenship Minister Mike Colle.

“The Auditor’s report left a basketful of unanswered questions, many beyond the Auditor’s purview to investigate and some raising issues of criminality” asserted Runciman.

“The Auditor’s report was not an investigation of civil or criminal wrongdoing rather it was a quick and narrowly scoped review that confirmed financial misconduct” said Kormos. “We still have no answers for why the misconduct occurred and how these improper benefits were sought or bestowed.”

In calling for the police investigation the veteran MPPs’ argue, citing various sections of the Criminal Code, that criminal misconduct remains a potential explanation for the actions in question and the citizens of Ontario have a right to answers.

“The Auditor General did his job, now it’s time to get to the bottom of this by having the police investigate” said Runciman.

“It’s over to Mr. Bryant to do his job” added Kormos.

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Contact:
Bob Runciman (416) 325-1522
Peter Kormos (416) 325-7106

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