10/15/2004

AMO working to ensure pit bull ban is practical for municipalities.
AMO President Roger Anderson today announced that the Association of Municipalities of Ontario will work to ensure that proposed legislation to ban Pit Bull Terriers in Ontario is practical, affordable and effective for Ontario municipalities.

“Animal control, enforcement and licensing are largely municipal responsibilities,” said Anderson.  “AMO will be working to ensure the Province’s proposed pit bull ban is practical, affordable and effective.”  

A number of Ontario municipalities either have an existing pit bull ban in place or have been working toward implementing one.  The legislation would ensure consistency throughout the province.

AMO will be meeting with Ontario’s Attorney General within the week to contribute municipal insight into the drafting of proposed legislation.  These discussions will focus primarily on how municipalities would finance public education, enforcement and animal control responsibilities.  These costs have not been budgeted and could greatly exceed the limited revenue municipalities would generate through related fines and licensing.  
 
AMO will seek clear definitions of which breeds would be banned and what responsibilities all dog owners would have under the legislation.  In addition, AMO will seek the Province’s commitment to accept responsibility for enforcement of the ban in remote areas of the province that are outside municipal boundaries.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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