As much as I don't support the owners actions I'm still glad to see the public behind pitties for once instead of burning them at the stake. http://mississauga.com/article/10244 Public rallies behind dog on death row January 14, 2008 01:16 PM - Angry members of the public are rushing to support the young Mississauga woman who owns a 10-month-old pit bull puppy scheduled to be euthanized under Ontario's new dog laws. Gabriela Nowakowska, 20, is consulting a lawyer and getting plenty of public support for her defiant opposition to her pet's impending death. "Free Rambo!" one petition started by a friend of Nowakowska is titled. "Your taking her dog is like taking her child," said Claire Birchall, who has collected more than 65 signatures so far. "Do Not Kill Rambo â€” He is Innocent," is the headline on a separate petition signed by more than 40 Mississauga residents. Nowakowska's puppy, Rambo, was caught by animal control officers on Christmas Day after he got out of the backyard where she lives. The dog owner has been told she is not permitted to own the animal under amendments passed by the Ontario government to limit pit bulls, which have been linked to serious dog attacks. Nowakowksa says she loves her dog and wants to go to court to fight the action, which City of Mississauga officials have warned her she will likely lose. But she says she has no money for a legal fight. Animal welfare groups are helping her contact a lawyer and might set up a public fund to which sympathetic residents could donate. "I think this is animal cruelty," Birchall says in the preamble of her petition. "You are going to kill an innocent puppy and for what? Because he is a pit bull? What if people went around killing black people just because of their skin colour?" Nowakowska says her dog "wouldn't harm anyone." Rambo, who actually could be as young as five-to-seven months, continues to be held at the City's animal control centre on Central Pkwy. W. at a charge of $10 per day until Nowakowska decides what she'll do.