Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Which of Mark Buehrle's dogs isn't like the others?
Much is being made of Mark Buehrle's dog Slater, who is a mix of bulldog and American Staffordshire Terrier — which is of pit bull lineage. Pit bulls are banned in the province of Ontario. So Buehrle has decided to keep his family in St. Louis during the summer instead of bringing them up to Toronto when the school year is over. He doesn't want to separate the dog from the family, a noble gesture.
It's a stupid law which exists in many jurisdictions to protect the public from idiot dog owners. Buehrle is not one of those but has to suffer because of others.
Personally I don't like the idea of banning specific breeds. Instead make dog owners accountable for their pets. If someone is assaulted by a dog, it should be treated as if the owner commited the assault. No slap on the wrist but possible jail time.