Saturday, October 28, 2006

A Tail of 2 Stories

I Shudder to think What could have happened if a news story that happened here in Halifax had happened in Toronto.

In Thursday's Chronicle Herald there was a "No" news story about a police officer preparing to search a house for drugs when he was charged by a pit bull who lived at the house. He shot his service revolver at the dog - the dog knew what was good for him and ran with his tail behind him back to his Daddy - and that was the end of that story. The dog's owner is going to be charged with possession of a controlled substance and the police officer has to fill out a bunch of extra paperwork for firing his gun - and that's the end of the story.

If this was Ontario however - I think the story would have been a lot different. It would have been completely trumped up by the media - the police officer would have been horribly attacked and "forced" to discharge his weapon - it would've been another case of those pit bulls being unrestrained and dangerous - blah blah blah.

But down here - it was nothing. Which it was.

And I call this the tail of 2 stories because at the same time there was also another pit bull being shot at - but this pit bull actually was successfully hit - in a drive by shooting - at Jane and Finch in downtown Toronto. The people in the car actually meant to shoot the dog in the picture attached to my post here. And why did they want to shoot him? Because he's a pit bull - he was walking with his owner on leash and muzzled - which his owner is required to do in Ontario - which makes him look like an animal from another planet.

Let's hope he gets to live. I don't know if he'd want to be walking down Jane and Finch anymore though.

Here's a couple of the related news stories.

The Halifax news story about the pit bull in Halifax:

Police officer fires shot at pit bull

from the Toronto Humane Society: Streets not safe for Man nor Beast!

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