An Itchmo reader, Deanna, sent us this story of a Canadian woman who is about to lose her dog Daisy to Breed Specific Legislation on pit bulls. Daisy, an 8 month old pit bull/lab mix, is a service dog in training for fibromyalgia as well as anxiety and panic attacks. Her owner, Tammy, adopted her and depends on Daisy as her service dog and companion.
When Tammy first adopted Daisy, the vet said that Daisy was an American Bull dog/labrador mix, but as Daisy grew older, Tammy realized that she was part pit bull instead. Ontario has a strict Breed Specific Legislation law that pit bull terriers or a dog that has a pit bull appearance must be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and muzzled in public. The law states that if a person is convicted of any offense, the dog must be destroyed.
The city called Tammy to ask her why Daisy wasn’t muzzled and why she was her service dog. On Monday, Daisy was seized from her house and taken her to a shelter. Why have authorities seized Daisy? Daisy has not been altered yet and there was an incident when Daisy greeted an elderly woman who fell and got hurt. Even though the lady said that Daisy did not attack her and was merely jumping up with excitement, the authorities are saying that it is an attack, citing Dog Owners Liability Act 5.1.
On Thursday, Tammy will go to court to plead for Daisy’s life.