dog reading

Research & Studies

Fatal dog attacks – Canada -1962-2020

Insights about the Epidemiology of Dog Bites in a Canadian City Using a Dog Aggression Scale and Administrative Data – June 6, 2019

The effect of breed-specific dog legislation on hospital treated dog bites in Odense, Denmark—A time series intervention study – December 26, 2018

Dog bite injuries to humans and the use of breed-specific legislation: A comparison of bites from legislated and non-legislated dog breeds – December 2017

National Canine Research Council – Summary Reports of Dog Bite Related Fatalities (US) – 2009-2017

Who is minding the bibliography? Daisy chaining, dropped leads, and other bad behavior using examples from the dog bite literature – Journal of Veterinary Behaviour, – July-Aug. 2016

Quebec Coroner’s Investigation Report on the death of Christiane Vadnais – 2016

Human hospitalisations due to dog bites in Ireland, 1998-2013: Implications for current breed specific legislation – April 2015

Dog Bites : Problems and Solutions NCRC (Revised July 2014)

Animal control measures and their relationship to the reported incidence of dog bites in urban Canadian municipalities – The Canadian Veterinary Journal, February 2013

Why breed specific legislation does not protect public from dangerous dogs – University of Lincoln, December 2013

American Bar Association –  Resolution on Repealing BSL, 2012

The Problem of Dog-Related Incidents and Encounters (US Department of Justice, August 2011)

Is there a difference? Comparison of Golden Retrievers & dogs affected by BSL regarding aggressive behaviour – University of Veterinary Medicine, Hanover, Germany (2008)

Fatal dog attacks in Canada, 1990-2007 – The Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2008

Panic Policy Making: Canine breed bans in Canada and the U.S. (2007) 

Attacking the dog-bite epidemic: Why Breed Specific Legislation won’t solve the dangerous dog dilemma – April 2006

Breed Specific Legislation: Considerations for evaluating its effectiveness and recommendations for alternatives – Canadian Veterinarians, August 2005

Reducing the Incidence of Dog Bites and Attacks: Do Breed Bans Work? – National Companion Animal Coalition, 2004

Is Breed Specific Legislation the answer to preventing dog attacks – University College of the Fraser Valley – March 2004

World Veterinary Association Policy on Dangerous Dogs – 2002

A Community Approach to Dog Bite Prevention – 1732 Vet Med Today: Canine Aggression Task Force JAVMA, Vol 218, No. 11, June 1, 2001

Will Breed Specific Legislation reduce dog bites? – The Canadian Veterinary Journal, August 1996


Calgary Model

Ontario Advocates’ Response to BSL. Assessment of the Breed Specific Components of the Dog Owners’ Liability Act.  “I’m just a Dog” – A Look at the Reality of Breed Specific Legislation By Alix Packard Founder of Ottawa Citizens Against Breed Specific Legislation/BSL

BSL Repeals (US&CAN) between 2016-2019

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association – Letter of Support, March 15, 2019

Review by the Ombudsman, CBC/Radio-Canada French Services, of a complaint regarding an article by Bouchra Ouatik published on ICI Radio- on September 9, 2016, entitled Pitbulls : des données non scientifiques fréquemment citées par les médias

Repealing Breed-Specific Legislation – Moving beyond breed to save dogs and strengthen communities (Humane Society International – Canada)

Position Statement on Breed Specific Legislation – American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour, 2014 

ASPCA Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation

Animal Farm Foundation e-Books

The Legal Senselessness of Doggie Racism, Public Law Advocacy, September 9, 2014

Safety & Awareness around your dog – Educational Project for school age children (2014)
School Presentation Awareness for children covering some points in how to teach children to be safe around dogs, while helping them to empathize and understand how a dog is feeling. Recommended for children aged 4 to 14 years of age.

Dogs Are Family Too – Sheldon & Friends – Tips from the Booklet

Fiscal Bite & Breed Discrimination – Utilizing Scientific Advances & Economic Tools in Lobbying 

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association – Letter of Support, May 28, 2012

Dog breed genetic tests put to the test – July 2012, VIN News Service

Dangerous Legislation that takes a Bite out of being Canadian by Selma Mulvey (Cottage Dog Magazine, Fall – December 2011)

Committee Documents: Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly – 2005-Jan-24 – Bill 132, Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2005

BILL 132 – Public Hearing Summary

Statement from Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers – June 29, 2005

Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Courtney Trempe, April 1998


Public Safety Debate Surrounding Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

Support Hershey’s Bill Brochure 2020

Can you pick out the “pit bull”?

Province of Ontario – Breed Specific and All Breed Rescue Contacts 2019

Pet Adoption and Recovery