!@(rottweiler.jpg popimg: “Cosmo Dawg”)OK â€“ I must apologize, rarely do I ever get serious here at Cosmo GRRL! But breed specific legislation is very near and dear to my heart. You see, I may not advertise this, but Cosmo Dawg is a rottweiler. So it has been with keen interest that I have followed the ongoing saga on the province of Ontarioâ€™s proposed legislation banning pit bull dogs. The law has been passed. This means that no new Pit Bulls can be brought into Ontario, and that existing dogs will be required to wear a muzzle while in public and be spayed/neutered.
Personally, Iâ€™m not against muzzling dogs. Cosmo Dawg herself wears a muzzle while in public. Itâ€™s not that sheâ€™s â€œdangerousâ€ and will go terrorizing the neighborhood biting everything in sight, itâ€™s because there have been 4 occasions in the past that loose (small dogs) have approached and lunged at her (one Jack Russell Terrier was even so bold as to bite her on the nose, and in another incident a small child â€œkarate choppedâ€ her in the throat). She isnâ€™t very tolerant of that behaviour (I donâ€™t blame her) and she doesnâ€™t know that itâ€™s wrong to bite her attacker back. Since the damage that she could do is worse than the damage these small dogs and children do to her, weâ€™ve taken responsible steps and we keep her leashed and muzzled on our walks. Now, if every dog owner kept their dogs under control these steps wouldnâ€™t be necessary, but alas I canâ€™t count on them. So for that reason I fully support keeping all dogs (regardless of weight, breed, sex etc) muzzled. There certainly would be many less dog attacks if this was the case, which is probably the same reason leash laws were introduced.
What I am opposed to is banning breeds. There will ALWAYS be irresponsible owners â€“ regardless of the available dog breeds. Once Pit Bulls are extinct in Ontario, there will still be other breeds for these irresponsible people to own. I fear because Rottweilers may be one of them â€“ but even badly treated or even poorly supervised Chihuahuas or Labrador Retrievers will attack people and other dogs. So what do we do then? Do we analyze which breeds are attacking most, and then ban those too? Or do we simply ban ALL dogs? Afterall, people kill other people â€“ maybe we should just sterilize them too?
So hereâ€™s my brilliant thought – We should just simply make it mandatory that all dogs be muzzled while in public. And if theyâ€™re not? Then the owner is slapped with a hefty fine. And if your dog attacks someone while on private property (and therefore not muzzled)? Then the dog will be euthanized. I predict that these steps alone will make people more responsible and greatly reduce the # of dog attacks. Which is what we all want isnâ€™t it?