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Toronto gets bit by its own anti-dog law, makes amendments

TORONTO, CANADA – Toronto has amended its vicious dog bylaws after its 2005 ban on “pit bulls” has proven to be a failure for controlling vicious dog bites.

In 2005, Ontario passed a law designed to permanently remove pit bulls — and dogs that looked like them — from the province. It required that “pit bull terriers,” American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Pit Bull Terriers must be kept muzzled or leashed in public and sterilized within two months of the bill’s passage.

Pit bulls are cool in Lisbon but vicious in Columbiana, Ohio

LISBON, OH – In an interesting split of municipal law, two cities in Ohio are split by law on whether “pit bulls” are “vicious” because of superceding state law. Lisbon and Columbiana are both in the county of Columbiana, Ohio. The village of Lisbon and the charter city of Columbiana have both defined pit bull dogs as vicious. Under the Columbiana’s current laws, anyone with a pit bull is considered to be harboring a “vicious animal.” The Lisbon law bans pit bulls as vicious.

Paul Upton’s dogs are returning home!

INDIANAPOLIS – It is been more than a year since Indianapolis Animal Care and Control (IACC) seized almost 60 dogs from Paul Upton’s dog training and boarding center, and his home, because of alleged kennel code violations under a revised code and failure to have permanent identification on all of the dogs.

“Until the first dog came through the door, I didn’t know if it was real or not,” said Mr. Upton. “I’ve been a law abiding citizen. The people have prevailed here.”

Life-saving animal research still targeted by animal rights

CHICAGO - The Mason Lab at the University of Chicago just completed a study of helping behavior and empathy with 24 rats. The study showed how rats will help a trapped rat escape and how rats will share with the trapped rat once it is free. “Empathy facilitates social cohesion.