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Please read the Bill 132 Questions and Answers document for a plain English explanation of the new law.


Chronology of Bill 132

August 29, 2004

At 3:00 in the morning on August 29, 2004, in a back alley in a crack-infested area of Toronto, a man is walking two unneutered male "pit bull" type dogs.  Although not the owner of the dogs, he is referred to in newspaper reports as a friend of the owner and the "breeder" of the dogs.


Nobody knows exactly what happens next or why.  Eyewitnesses state that, just prior to the attack, the man had the larger of the two dogs in a "headlock".  Whatever caused these two dogs to attack this man, the results are horrific.  He has serious injuries to his head and legs.  The dogs are shot multiple times by police.

October 15, 2004

Michael Bryant, Attorney General for the province of Ontario, holds a press conference which he begins with the statement "Banned!  Banned!  We are banning pit bulls in the province of Ontario".


The text of his press conference is here

October 26, 2004

First reading of Bill 132 in the legislature

November 4, 2004

Debate of Bill 132 in the legislature

November 8, 2004

Banned Aid retains Clayton Ruby to challenge the constitutionality of the legislation

November 15, 2004

Debate of Bill 132 in the legislature

December 8, 2004

Debate of Bill 132 in the legislature

December 9, 2004

Second reading of Bill 132 in the legislature

January 24, 2005

First committee public hearing (Toronto)

January 27, 2005

Second committee public hearing (Barrie)

February 2, 2005

Third committee public hearing (Brantford)

February 3, 2005

Fourth committee public hearing (Toronto)

February 10, 2005

Clause-by-clause vote on amendments (Toronto)

February 15, 2005

Amended Bill reported to the legislature

February 28, 2005

Third reading of Bill 132 in the legislature

March 1, 2005

Legislature vote

March 9, 2005

Royal assent is given to the legislation.

August 28, 2005

Opponents of the legislation hold a candlelight vigil at Queen's Park.

August 29, 2005

Bill 132 is enacted.  The majority of the legislation's provisions are now in effect.


Clayton Ruby files an application with the Superior Court of Ontario

October 28, 2005

The muzzle, leash, and spay/neuter portions of the legislation take effect.

November 27, 2005

From this date forward, no more restricted puppies can be born in the province.

May 15, 2006

First day of the court challenge.

Morning summary

Afternoon summary

May 16, 2006

Second day of the court challenge.

Morning summary

Afternoon summary

May 18, 2006

Third day of the court challenge.  Judge reserves her decision.


August 27, 2006

Opponents of the legislation hold a one-year anniversary candlelight vigil.



Michael Bryant's press conference introducing the legislation


History of the Bill in the Ontario Legislature


Bill 132 as passed by the Ontario Legislature (i.e., the Ontario Liberal Party)

The amended Dog Owners' Liability Act

The Dog Owners' Liability Act Regulations Regarding Pit Bull Controls

The amended Animals for Research Act


Questions and Answers (courtesy of the Dog Legislation Council of Canada)

Questions and Answers Handout (PDF)



Updated September 27, 2007


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