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Thank you for your continued support in our effort to repeal the pit bull ban here in Ontario.

On Thursday February 23rd, I will bring forward Bill 16 for second reading before the Ontario Legislature. This will bring us one step closer to our goal of overturning breed specific legislation in the province.

Unfortunately, Bill 16 can’t rest on its laurels yet. We need your support. If Bill 16 doesn’t pass second reading or if the government doesn’t call it for third reading, BSL will continue in Ontario.

Here’s what you can do to help push Bill 16.

On Thursday, over 550 people have already planned to come to our rally outside Queen’s Park. Those are just the confirmed attendees ten days away. I know my two pit bulls Robby and Titan, and myself alike would greatly appreciate it if you could come out on Thursday February 23rd to rally for the passing of Bill 16 through second reading.

For more event details please visit our Facebook Event Page here:

If you haven’t already, please go to my website – – and sign the petition online. If you have already done so, please encourage your friends and family to sign as well or print off a copy from my site and get signatures the old fashioned way – you can mail the petitions to my office!

It is incredibly important that we continue to put pressure on every Member of Provincial Parliament and especially Premier Dalton McGuinty. Please take time and send your MPP and the Premier an e-mail letting them know how strongly you feel about ending Breed Specific Legislation in Ontario. If you want to send a very clear message, call your local MPP or go in to their constituency office and tell them in person.

With your support we can make this happen.

Thanks again,

Randy Hillier, MPP

Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington

3 Comments to “MPP Randy Hillier on repealing Ontario's anti-Pit Bull law”

  1. selkiem says:

    I have some serious reservations about this guy - and his sincereity in bringing this up. The reality is, he created lots of noise several months ago about this- rode the tailwind from all the discussion engendered by creating a brouhaha about bullying and has been completely SILENT on the above Bill until NOW - despite several attempts by a number of people to find out what was going on with it. The cynical me is pretty convinced he's just looking for something that brings attention and makes a lot of noise; he has also done things wrong in a lot of ways - and has asked for "donations" which left a bad taste in my mouth. Of course I am a 100% in support of the bill - just hope what I am feeling is a sleezy politician doesn't screw it up.

  2. Fred says:

    Selkie, I understand completely what you mean but I hear Randy's got his own Pit Bulls doesn't he? So, at worst he's looking out for his own interests which is fine by me as long as it helps other dogs as well. I don't know what his overall priorities or politics are but for this specific issue, I'd rather have him in our corner than not.

  3. selkiem says:

    Truth, Fred, better in our corner than not!

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.