Another Senseless Dog Death in Cornwall Ontario – by Jamie Gilcig 081217

Cornwall Ontario – As most regular CFN viewers know I’m a huge animal advocate.  Which is why it was so sad to hear about a little poodle that was killed by yet another alleged Pit Bull in Cornwall.

While I don’t support banning of any dog by breed this is yet another example of why the law is in place in Ontario.

Cornwall is home to a lot of Pitties.   The simple truth is that most of their owners are truly irresponsible.

The other simple truth is that there is no amount of money; no punishment, nothing, that can resolve seeing your beloved pet killed in front of you.   This happens far too often.

The solution isn’t breed specific laws.   I’m not really sure  what the solution is because frankly so many aren’t responsible parents so why would we expect them to be responsible pet owners.

I owned a lovely Rottweiler.  Melly was a dream.   I was lucky to have her in my life for 14 years before she succumbed to cancer.    During her years here in Cornwall she was either on her leash or on my property.  A few times I was lucky enough to let her have a run in a safe place with no other dogs or people around.   While she wasn’t mean or menacing I rarely let people come up to her if I was walking her on a street.

When other dogs ran into my yard on occasion I would straddle over her more for the other dogs protection than hers in case they tried to attack her.

I’m not Superman.  I just realize that certain breeds come with certain responsibilities.   One of the reasons I moved to a much smaller dog was that as I get older it becomes hard to physically control certain larger dogs.

A year or so ago a friend’s malamute was attacked in its yard by a pit bull.   The owner lied and his dog was given a vicious dog ticket from the city even though the proof showed he’d done nothing wrong.  He didn’t go to court because he knew that the Pittie that attacked his dog would be put down.  His dog is either on a leash when being walked or on a rope in his yard.   The Pit Bull’s owner couldn’t control it and she had lost control of the leash.   The family had even let their little girl walk the dog.   It also had allegedly attacked a senior at a convenience store.

Even on my own street a recent new neighbor has 3 Pit Bulls.   I have concerns as to what happens “when” they get loose; especially when my two are mini doxies and there are a lot of kids on my block as there are two schools close by.  And sure enough they let their puppy run loose in front of the yard where it’s learned to cross the street already.

Sorry can never repair the loss of the poodle’s family.   It looked like a sweet dog.   In Toronto there was a case of a 84 year old man losing his only companion, an aging dachshund, when some loser living in his parents basement decided to let his four Dogo Argentinos run loose in a park.

You can’t teach common sense apparently.    I’m not sure of the solution myself?   How do you go up to someone and tell they they’re irresponsible and shouldn’t own a dog?   Can you legislate that?

What do you think dear CFN viewers? Is there a solution to avoid these tragedies?  You can post your comments below.


  1. I thought Ontario passed a rule that all pitbulls are to be on a leash and muzzled, if these two parameters are not met it was to be a heavy fine to the owner.

  2. Pit bulls are banned in Ontario unless they were grandfathered in before the ban took place in or born within 90 days of August 2005. This seems weird but I agree with Jamie. A lot of pit bull owners are irresponsible. The problem isn’t the dogs, it’s the owners. A lot of them have the wrong attitude towards dogs and should not own any dogs, not matter the breed.

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    Hugger why would it be odd for you to agree with me? We agree on lots of things?

  4. Instead of writting articals on the dogs attacking other dogs, why dont you write about how those owners dont know how to raise their dogs properly. Articals like this piss me off because its not the dogs fault. ITS THE OWNERS FAULT FOR NOT RAISING THEM NOR TAKING PROPER CARE OF THEIR DOGS. Start putting the blame on the owners where it belongs.

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    Amanda methinks you didn’t comprehend the article….Maybe try reading it again as I think and agree that it is the owners and not the dogs, but unfortunately it’s the dogs that always pay the price.

  6. I have lived in Cornwall and I can tell you from experience that a great many people are literally stupid. One time we were walking in Long Sault and a woman let her dog loose and jumped all over us and dirtied us with his paws and it sure wasn’t a pit pull at all. People with no intelligence at all to form intelligent reasoning. We see dogs every day and much more intelligent than their owners

  7. I guess we do agree on a lot of things. We just get there by different routes.

  8. I hate articles like this! Im sick of reading all the negitive about pitbulls! People need to get themselves educated! All this negitive attention on the breed is due to stupid people not getting their facts straight! Ive had pitbulls for 10 years! Yes they are stuborn but they are more than that! They are beautiful l9ving creatures! Used as nanny dogs! Its bad owners that did this to them

  9. Kim and Amanda need to reread the article. It very clearly states that the problem is bad owners, not a specific breed of dog.

  10. Kim, Amanda and everyone it is the fault of the owner of the dog itself why the animal kills or hurts others. The animal goes by its nature AND ALSO HOW IT IS TRAINED. A young man who lived outside of Cornwall was walking his pit bull in Guindon Park years ago and that dog sat on my feet. LOL LOL. I love animals very much and it is in the training and the owner.

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