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MPPs want pit bull ban overturned

MPPs from opposite ends of the political spectrum have joined forces in an effort to overturn a ban on pit bulls in Ontario.
A private members bill seeks to overturn Ontario's pit bull ban 2:22

MPPs from opposite ends of the political spectrum have joined forces in an effort to overturn a ban on pit bulls in Ontario.

Randy Hillier of the Progressive Conservative party and the NDP’s Cheri DiNovo want the 2005 Dog Owners Liability Act repealed. They also have the support of Liberal MPP Kim Craitor.

The law prevents people from owning, breeding, transferring, importing or abandoning pit bulls, a breed with a reputation for aggressiveness and biting. Pit bull owners whose dogs were born prior to the ban are allowed to keep them, but they must be on a leash and wearing a muzzle.

DiNovo plans to introduce a private members bill that would repeal the pit bull ban.

"We know that breed-specific legislation doesn't work," said DiNovo. "What we have now is cruel. it's resulting in the death of family pets."

Dog owner Angie Laurusaitis wants the law scrapped. Her dog Daisy was born before the ban took effect.

"These are good dogs, they shouldn't be discriminated because of how they look they shouldn't be muzzled," said Laurusaitis.

Attorney General John Gerretsen, however, defends the ban and says it has led to a reduction in bites.

"It’s had an effect on protecting the people of Ontario," he told CBC News.