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Contact 311 to submit a service request for investigation, if you wish to file a complaint about a Pit Bull or non-compliance of the Dog Owners Liability Act (DOLA).

On August 29, 2005 the Dog Owners Liability Act was amended to prohibit Pit Bulls in the Province of Ontario.

The Act defines a Pit Bull as:

1) a Pit Bull Terrier
2) a Staffordshire Bull Terrier
3) an American Staffordshire Terrier
4) an American Pit Bull Terrier
5) a dog that has an appearance and physical characteristics that are substantially similar to the aforementioned dogs (1-4).

Individuals that owned a Pit Bull (as defined above), at the time of the passage of the legislation, were permitted to keep their dog, which would be defined as a "restricted  pit bull" providing the dog was :

owned by a resident of Ontario on August 29, 2005; or
born in Ontario before the end of the 90-day period beginning on August 29, 2005 (a pit bull born between August 29, 2005 and November 26, 2005)
A person who owns a restricted pit bull must comply with the requirements set out in the Dog Owners' Liability Act and accompanying regulation (Ont. Regulation 157/05) which includes sterilization and muzzling.

Website: Dog Owners' Liability Act

Both the Ministry of the Attorney General as well as the City of Toronto have information available on line regarding owner rights and responsibilities as a Pit Bull owner

For Ministry information see Pit bulls which is accessed through the ministry site and searching dog owner liability.

For the City of Toronto information go to the website.