The city of Mississauga is governed and run by cowards and buck-passers. A young woman bought a puppy at a flea market and it turns out to be, oh no!, one of those dreaded and outlawed pit bulls. It has not attacked anyone. It has not threatened anyone. Its only crime is to be born a pit bull. The city’s taken it from her and rather than accept the help of the Toronto Humane Society to rehouse the dog out of the province, is demanding the owner accede to euthanizing the hapless animal.
Because it’s the damned stinking provincial law passed, over the outcry of every expert group, banning pit bulls.
Hazel McCallion, the mayor of Mississauga, bitches that she’s unimpressed by people blasting the city for enforcing this cruel end.
“You can’t imagine the cost of this,” she said, “and the staff time. Where were all these people when the law was being proposed?”
We were there, Hazel. The only problem is that no one listened to us, from the obedient media (particularly the Toronto Star) right through to our elected government. I was fighting that law through phone calls, letters to the editor and a political initiative that went nowhere because our provincial Liberals govern on the basis of appearances and ignore the inconvenient facts. Meanwhile, a dog purchased in ignorance is now locked up at Animal Control until at least the end of February to satisfy the petty bureaucrats of that municipality.