"The legislation allows the city to come to your door, search your house and determine if your dog is a pit bull-like dog," Devine says. "Then go get a warrant. Then seize and euthanize your dog."
Would officers actually do that? The trouble is that the wording of the legislation, Devine notes, is so murky, it allows for that possibility. And having that happen even once is once too often.
The law simply doesn't provide enough specifics to keep any dog resembling a pit bull safe.
Indeed, the vagueness of the new law has not only baffled Devine, a trained lawyer, but many others who haven't been able to glean the city's definition of a pit bull.
In the end, the devil may very well be in those lack of details.
"The way the bylaw is written," Carolynn Williams, of One Last Chance Animal Rescue Team (OLCART), tells The Dodo. "there's not a single dog who's safe."