Mark Buehrle's pit bull banned from Ontario, Canada due to ban on the breed
by Allyson Koerner
Categories: Animals, Entertainment, Sports
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Photo: Wikimedia/Keith Allison

Former Miami Marlins pitcher Mark Buehrle is getting all set to head to Canada after being traded, but has hit a little snafu – his American Staffordshire terrier (a pit bull breed), Slater, is not allowed in the country due to a law, Yahoo! Sports reports.

The province of Ontario has banned pit bulls since 2005, so it looks like Buerhle will have to live in another part of the country with the closest being Quebec. That’s quite a long commute.

Fans of Buehrle know he won’t give up on the issue, since this isn’t the first time he’s encountered trouble regarding his dog.

While playing in Miami, the MLB star had to live in a different county because Miami-Dade County has a pit bull ban. So, the athlete and dedicated animal owner lived in Broward County just to keep his pet!

Furthermore, he and his wife led a petition to end the ban and even founded the charity Sox for Strays, an organization dedicated to animal adoption.

It doesn’t stop there. Buerhle hasn’t been shy voicing his opinions on animal cruelty, especially towards NFL player Michael Vick.

“Even if you are not a dog lover, how can you sit there and make two dogs fight and one is going to die?” he said about Vick. “How could you do that if you are somewhat sane?

“[Vick] had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it’s bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you’ve done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys.”

I think that says it all. Buehrle has a total of four dogs, and it seems he will do anything to not split up his family.

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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  • Rachel Guffin

    :) Although AmStaff is not a pit bull breed as the only pit bull breed is the American Pit Bull Terrier. AmStaff is it’s own breed! Love to see people so dedicated to their pets and that Mark and his wife started Sox for Strays!

    • Cory Blanche

      Just so you know for future reference that an Amstaff is of the “pit bull” class, and I say class because “pit bull” is not a breed. This is why banning them is completely useless as it can be very difficult distinguishing them.

      “The term pit bull is used in reference to a number of certain breeds of dog – namely, the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Terrier and any crosses between the three. However, in a few parts of the world, the American Bulldog is also classified as ‘Pit Bull’ type dog, despite the fact that they have major genetic differences.”

  • Lee

    What is so sad about this is that neither Mark Buehrle nor his wife Jamie have expressed any concern whatsoever over how the move will affect their children, their children’s education, or anything else except their ugly pit bull! When these two misfits were condemning the people and government of Miami-Dade, Florida, for not allowing pit bulls, on one occasion, Jamie Buehrle said, “… anywhere else in the world, we wouldn’t have this problem.” I guess she was wrong!

    • Zorica Stancevic

      This is likely because children move all the time and with a supportive family structure, are just fine. And children are not banned from cities simply because of the way they look, regardless of their behavior. Because that would be discrimination and that is wrong. If you want to increase public safety, focus on a comprehensive vicious dog policy that actually makes sense, not one that focuses on a particular breed regardless of its actual behavior.

    • Rachel Muntz

      Children have to move all the time. What about military children? It’s really not that big of a deal. Yes it sucks for the kids, but as a person who has moved 17 times in their life (and I’m only 22), I can tell you that it really didn’t have any lasting effects on me.

  • Rachel Muntz

    I don’t care if he loves dogs, he shouldn’t wish that someone gets hurt. That’s entirely hypocritical. He doesn’t want the dogs to be injured, and rightly so, but he is okay with wishing harm on someone else? Bull.