From CTV Toronto, Pit bull ban not reducing dog bites in Ont.: THS:
Ontario's controversial pit bull ban has not resulted in a significant decrease in the number of dog bites in the province, the Toronto Humane Society claims in a study.
According to the humane society's study, there were 5,428 reported dog bites in 2005, the year the ban came into effect. Here are the numbers since then:
* 2006 - 5,360
* 2007 - 5,492
* 2008 - 5,463
* 2009 - 5,345
I've never trusted the way the THS played with statistics in order to prove a point so I hope these latest figures are well researched.
Some concerns mentioned in the article which might come back to bite them:
The study does not show the number of dog bites compared to the number of dogs in the province. Nor does it adjust for changes to the province's population or for the severity of attacks.
McConachie said the information about dog bites comes from the local health networks, while the number of licensed dogs is tracked by individual municipalities and is not accessible without filing access to information requests.
“It’s possible the number of dogs could have gone up,” McConachie told CTV News. “It’s also possible the number of dogs could have stayed the same.”