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Pit bull ban passes in Montreal

01 October 2016
Pit bull ban passes in Montreal

The new ban goes into effect on October 3 and forces residents who now own pit bulls to obtain a permit to keep their pets by the end of the year. "Responsible pet owners who follow the right safety rules should be able to own whatever of breed of dog they choose".

According to CTV News, pit bulls make up just less than five percent of the Montreal dog population, yet are responsible for almost 38 percent of the city's 137 serious dog-related injuries and deaths since the beginning of 2015.

Big-square shaped heads, that's what most pit-bull type dogs have in common.

If you love dogs and are thinking about moving to Canada after November's presidential election, you should scratch Montreal off your list of potential new homes. She was mauled to death in her own backyard by a neighbor's dog.

A spokesperson for a coalition of legal and other experts formed to oppose the ban says her group is also ready to challenge the law in court. The good news? While they're working to defeat the measure, SPCA Montreal has seen more people coming to its shelters.

"Following the adoption yesterday by the Montreal city council of the new animal control by-law targeting specific dog breeds, and in particular, requiring that behaviourally sound, healthy adoptable dogs and puppies be put to death, the Montreal SPCA urgently filed a lawsuit against the city at the Montreal courthouse today". A lot of others are expressing disgust at the Montreal City Council's new law, and they're certainly not alone. "And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe".

While Montreal's law is under fire, it is not the first piece of breed-specific legislation to pass.

"You're going to be looking at folks who can't afford that permit, you're going to be looking at dogs who don't do well wearing a muzzle for that amount of time". Since 2005, the nearby province of Ontario had banned pit bulls, and Quebec was also considering similar legislation.

In response to the new legislation, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Montreal announced they would stop their services.

Nonetheless, they point out that any breed of dog can become aggressive and unsafe if mistreated. Not a single one of those other cases involved a pit bull or a pit bull mix.

"Just like any dog, if you have them in the hands of someone who is not taking care of them or that knows about them, they're large and they're powerful and they can cause damage, however, that's not a pit bull problem". The Humane Society International claimed in July that the dog's registration papers revealed the animal was a boxer, not a pit bull. Montreal police said Tuesday the results of a DNA analysis are pending.