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For the first time in 25 years, pit bulls can now run freely in Edmonton because the city has removed the licensing rules that kept them tied up when they are outside. In 1987, the law was introduced because of concerns of the attacks and required Staffordshire Bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers to be leashed and muzzled when out of the owners property. Even if the dogs were on the owners property outdoors, they would have to be chained, muzzled or in pens. Owners also faced a higher licensing fee and needed a $1 million in liability insurance. The city amended the law without a debate to remove those requirements and only apply them to dogs who have attacked, bitten or chased people or other animals. In a city report, it indicated the breed specific legislation law has not been effective and there have been no evidence that it has reduced attacks or biting. The best way to stop attacks, bites and aggression is education and training for owners and their dogs but this is good news for the city of Edmonton, I am hopeful that more city’s will follow in their foot steps in eliminating their breed ban.     

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I had the privilege to help my sister baby sit a 6 month old pit bull named “Moose” , one of the sweetest dogs ive ever met. He is jet black with white on his stomach and a little white on his face, he got his ears cropped so he had to wear a cone on his head. Taking him for a walk is pleasant but the looks that people give you for walking a pit bull are endless. All they see is the pit bull walking not the 2 girls with it, I had people staring at us in their cars, some have confused, disappointed looks on their face, and some happy to see this beautiful pit bull out for a walk enjoying the outdoors. I thought maybe the people continueously staring at Moose were thinking “wow what a cute dog!” but than I realized that not a lot of society is educated on the breed and also the fact that they were literally staring him down. It makes me angry and sad that people think so harshly and tough on this dog, they don’t even know them or Moose. I just want to remind people that they should never judge a pit bull without getting to know it first, they are the most friendly dog out of all breeds and they shouldnt be treated any different then treating a Golden retriever. Remember that.

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