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Giving pit bulls a break

By Dan Ferguson - Surrey North Delta Leader
Published: October 26, 2010 2:00 PM
Updated: October 26, 2010 10:26 PM

Sometime in November, pit bulls will no longer be considered dangerous dogs in Delta without evidence of bad behaviour.

On Monday night, Delta council unanimously voted to give preliminary approval to an overhaul of a nine-year-old municipal animal control bylaw that will eliminate a section that automatically classifies all pit bulls and associated breeds as dangerous.

That meant owners of pit bulls, Staffordshire terriers and any mixed-breed dogs that were part pit bull were required to keep their pets leashed and muzzled at all times.

It also meant the owners had to have $1 million in liability insurance and pay substantially higher licence fees and fines than owners of other breeds.

Under the revised bylaw, which is expected to get final approval in November, dogs will be classified as dangerous or aggressive based on their behaviour, not their breed.

In order to be declared dangerous or aggressive under the revised regulations a dog must have "pursued, attacked or bitten another animal or person" without provocation.

Once a dog is declared dangerous, the classification will be permanent.

Some dog owners had lobbied council to allow the cancellation of a dangerous dog classification if they took steps to rehabilitate the dog.

Animal experts consulted by municipal staff thought that was a bad idea, according to a report presented to council.

"Many behaviour specialists actually believe that once a dog has bitten, the dog's inhibition is removed permanently and the dog is more like to bite again," the report states.

Other dog owners were pressing for a change to the Delta policy of issuing licences at the end of each year, complaining they were paying a full year's fee no matter when they acquired their pet.

The staff report warned a switch to year-round registration would make the system much more complicated to administer, and council agreed, adopting a compromise that will reduce the amount paid during the first year of pet ownership based on when a dog was obtained.

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thats great , im 15 min from delta . i seen the words delta bc and was like oh no a ban is in place :S , this is good though :)
 

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One of my work's bus yards is in Delta so naturally I've been there! Go Delta!
 
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