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Ginger The Pit Bull May Be Saved By Calgary

Updated on November 13, 2010

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Ginger The Pit Bull May Be Saved By Calgary

This is an update on a story on Ginger The Pit Bull Back On Death Row. This was the most read article I've ever written. I believe this is because the public knows poor Ginger did nothing wrong. She was the victim of breed profiling, or BSL.

For those who haven't heard of Ginger, here's a quick recap of her tale. She was taking a walk in the park near her Ontario home in 2005, complete with muzzle and leash, when another dog started a squirmish and tore off her muzzle. During the exchange the other dog was bitten as well as the other dog's owner. Because Ginger is considered a pit bull mix and the victim of BSL (breed specific legislation) enforced in Ontario. , It was determined she should die for her actions.

On Friday, November 12, 2010, members of a local animal rights group, the Daisy Foundation gathered at city hall in protest of the death sentence.

Bill Bruce with animal and by laws services has offered to step in and take Ginger to Calgary. Here she would be tested for aggression (which Bill feels sure she will pass) and placed in a loving home.

Bill is getting a lot of flack for offering to bring Ginger to Calvary. People are complaining there are many dogs in Calgary being PTS for lack of homes. Others are ignorant of the breed and believe all pits are bad dogs.

Let me clarify here if Bill does get custody of Ginger it will be at NO cost to taxpayers. He's only trying to help a condemned dog who did nothing wrong.

Comments anyone? Is he doing the right thing or should he leave well enough alone? I would dearly love to see Ginger spared from death row.


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      alex 4 years ago

      free ginger the pitbull brought a tear to my eye reading both articules

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      DuchessDuCaffeine 6 years ago from United States of America

      What a pretty pass we've come to where ignorance reigns and social hysteria is allowed to decide anything, let alone making the decision to send Ginger to Calgary and separate her from her owner. I feel horrible for both of them and very disappointed that this kind of legislative crap goes on in Canada. I always felt they were our sensible neighbors to the North; guess not. I am heartsick for both Ginger and her owner and will keep them in my prayers.

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      Kellie 6 years ago

      This is crazy! Sorry but isn't this like spanking the good kid. She did nothing wrong. Let this poor little girl live. I have several dogs of all breeds but just rescued a mama pit and her 6 little babies of death row. The mama didn't know me at all and had no problem with me handling her and her babies.

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      ajeet 6 years ago

      do not tie them from very young age that's what make's them aggressive.if you do so even the calmest dag breed by nature can become very aggressive. i have seen a st- bernad very aggressive. what happens to those people who make dogs aggressive do we make them sleep. i feel life is equal wether dog or human. who are we to decide which is cheep .

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      Hollyberry_24 6 years ago

      God Bless Ginger, I hope she will be spared. She deserves to live!

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      Joanne R 7 years ago

      We have had our Pit Bull (Sandy) for 7 years, & she is the sweetest, most optimistic member of our family. One night around 3 am she work up my husband & just wouldn't leave him alone. He thought she might have to go to the bathroom, but when he opened the door he spied what was upsetting her. Sitting in a chair on the deck was our 8-year old daughter, sound asleep! She had been sleepwalking & had let herself outside. We live near a wooded area as well as near a swamp, so the outcome could have been disastrous if not for Sandy. When my husband got our daughter back inside & in bed, Sandy settled down, content that our daughter was safe. We now have 2 Pit Bull/Bull Mastiff mixes as well. They are cheerful, loving dogs who often sleep curled up by our cats. Pit Bull-related hysteria is based on the ignorance. Just like the rest of us, Pit Bulls just want to be loved.

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      Melissa 7 years ago

      I have my grandaughters pit here at my house because her Dad lives in an apartment right now. When he got Buddy the dog was only 4 weeks old (someone had let Mom out and she got hit by a ca) he fit into my hand at that time. Now he is up to my waist and the biggest baby you ever want to see. I am more afraid of a German Shephard then I am of any pit. We also have another dog and cats and he hasn't bothered any of them he thinks everyone is his friend! Dogs act like they are treated if they are abused and no other way of life they have a fear of being hurt which takes a loving person to heal sometimes there is no healing. Buddy has alwasy been part of the family and knows it. I cannot believe that a government has the right to condem them to death without reason - the other dog started the whole mess and I would be looking into a lawsuit against them. This is as bad as the other article I read that the state of Texas wants to ban the breed. What's next labs, shepheards, poodles, beagles, bassetts,terriers etc. Are people going to go after every breed of dog that they don't like? Who died and left them in charge? I think that there are other more important issues that the governments could be doing then taking a death sentence against innocent animals.

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      Marina Trofin 7 years ago

      Ginger deserves a second chance. After all, she did nothing wrong! Just because of her breed she has to die? Where are the animals' rights? She definetely should be let go to Calgary! Stop killing innocent beings!

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      Margo W 7 years ago

      Not only should Ginger be spared, she should be returned to her original human. The poor man has spent years fighting for her life. The government has put him and his beloved pet through hell for no good reason.

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      Stfeon 7 years ago

      I want her im in montreal and got no prblems here with pits.

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      julie 7 years ago

      BSL is a stupid legislation it slaughters innocent dogs punishes responsible owners. I hope Ginger is spared. She doesn't deserve to die.

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      Dani 7 years ago

      The things people do to animals is disgusting. People can say all they want that humans are better because of a whole host of bull reasons. I have had dobermans my entire life, which sometimes get a bad rep (no where near as bad as pit bulls though). They were all sweet, gentle, compassionate, smart, and friendly. Heck, my mom even let me tussle with them when I was a toddler. The next dog I get is going to be a pit bull mix. Dogs bite for a reason, whether it is because they feel threatened or scared or you've baited them. How many humans out there get sick pleasure out of abusing animals or their children? Far too many. All dogs really want is some love and attention and a place to call home, and I think its just downright wrong for so many to be on the streets and in pounds and in bad homes. Ginger did nothing wrong and she shouldn't be punished for someone elses ignorance. She's suffered enough as it is. The only good thing about this is that she's so famous that she'll be adopted immediately. I hope she gets that chance.

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      Dafna 7 years ago

      I really hope that Ginger gets saved. This story really upset me. I have a pit bull and he is the sweetest dog. He would never hurt anyone. He loves everyone and loves to gives kisses. I wish these people would actually read books on pits, Pits are known to be great family dogs. The owner of the other dog should be held accountable and apologize to ginger and her owner. i hope the people of ontario come to their senses and save her.

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      Nelson 7 years ago

      I hope that Ginger gets saved! But then it's off to the pound and praying for somebody to adopt her. Why can't she just be released back to her owner. Hasn't she done enough time already?? What can we do as dog owners and people who value life to repeal such a discriminatory and senseless law?

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      Marion Irving 7 years ago

      If a dog attacking tears off the muzzle of another dog it is not the fault of the attacked dog. I would be after the owner of the dog that attacked for damages. The owner of the sheppard should be made to take their dog to dog classes for obedience and agression. I feel that Ginger is being made an example of because of her breed. The people wanting her put down show no common sense and are turning the table to make it look like Ginger is at fault. Question: If Ginger had attacked a person who was attemping to rob her house or grab a child would she still be at fault? This incident further proves to me that some people have NO common sense and these are some of the people that we are supposed to rely on for justice.

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      BODYLEVIVE 7 years ago from Alabama, USA

      I don't know what Calgary is but if it will get Ginger off death row and placed into a loving home, I'm all for it and I voted yes for Ginger. I have a Pit and he's a loving dog.

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      Doug Turner Jr. 7 years ago

      Keep up the good work. Someone has to fight for the innocent.

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      Delighte Flores 7 years ago

      I pray Ginger will be spared. I have pit bulls and know several in my neighborhood and they are wonderful dogs. They just need love and good care. Even humans will get violent if they suffer abuse and neglect which is what happens to so many animals.

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      Eileen reilly 7 years ago

      Another Great Article! This would be wonderful if they took her and then placed her in a home. She has such sweet eyes she looks so sad. It broke my heart. Thank you for writing the first article and this one. I hope that there will be a happy ending to this story Thanks