Mark Buehrle Unable to Bring His Dog to Toronto due to Ban

By Andrew Fisher

It’s certainly been an eventful week for pitcher Mark Buehrle as he was unexpectedly traded to the Toronto Blue Jays (pending league approval) on Tuesday.

This may or may not be good news for the All-Star pitcher, depending on how he viewed his former team the Miami Marlins. On one hand he might be upset about having to jump ship so quickly to a new team after only one season, and on the other hand he might be excited to return to a contending team in the American League.

With his potential move to Canada will come many changes, and one that Buehrle will not be a fan of involves his dog Slater, a Staffordshire Terrier.

The entire province of Ontario bans pit bulls, and Slater being a Staffordshire Terrier is technically considered a type of Pit Bull. Most historical accounts contend that White and Fox terriers were breed with Bulldogs back in the 19th century to create the modern day Staffordshire.

Ironically, Buehrle had the same issue in Florida, as the entire county of Miami-Dade also bans Pit Bulls. He and his wife Jamie actually led a petition to lift the ban last winter. Here’s a statement from Mrs. Buehrle on the issue:

“It is time to put an end, once and for all, to canine discrimination in Florida and make the Sunshine State a model of humane public policy. Please join me, Mark and our family in standing up for Slater and the dogs (in) Miami-Dade. Help save lives and keep families together by supporting the legislation that will repeal Miami’s inhumane breed-discriminatory law.”

The Buehrle’s eventually found a home in another county in Florida,  and it appears that if the trade does go through, that they may be forced to do the same in Canada.

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