In the United States there are some places that pits are not allowed. Living in Ohio we have multiple cities near us that Villere and our other pit Rosa are not welcome. The reason why they're not allowed in is due to BSL, or Breed Specific Legislation. The point of BSL is to put limitations on certain breeds of dogs whether it's an all-out ban or other limitations such as muzzling in public. Pit bulls are on the list obviously. BSL is something that I have known about, but it never hit me right at home until now.
Villere is honestly one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met (of any breed). The pure joy on his face when he sees a person that is approaching to give him some loving is heart melting and hilarious all wrapped into one. On the American side of the falls, (New York) at least 8 different sets of people stopped us to meet Villere. (I even caught one guy taking photos of him.) A couple of the people even got nice and low so Villere could give them kisses. All in all Vilere was having a fantastic time.
After hanging out on the American side for an hour or so we thought we'd take the pedestrian bridge across the river into Canada. We were pretty excited about this because none of us had been into Canada before. After getting buzzed through the gate we headed across the very long bridge to Canada. Here's our journey:
So there must be a reason for this law, right? BSL must make communities safer so these "vicious" dogs of certain breeds won't go around biting people non stop, right? Well, what if I told you that there is no, and will never be any actual evidence out there that makes this make sense? More people die from mop bucket accidents each year than dogs of any kind. Take a look at these graphics for some statistics:
Once again, I'm posting this to bring awareness to this law. This is a pointless law that should never have been put into place to start. Progress has been made as now according to state law in Ohio, no breed of dog is deemed vicious. (This doesn't stop cities from keeping their BSL though.) We got a ways to go though. It's time to end BSL.