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No more new pit bulls in Montreal after city council adopts bylaw
Under the new bylaw, current pits bulls must be sterilized and muzzled in public.

Montreal has adopted its controversial pit bull ban following a heated debate among local politicians.  

City council voted 37-23 this afternoon in favour of adopting the bylaw, which includes a ban on new pit bull-type dogs and restrictions on those currently in the city.

They must be sterilized and also be muzzled when in public.

Mayor Denis Coderre says the law was drafted with safety in mind following several attacks, including one last June that resulted in the death of a 55-year-old woman in her backyard.

Some opposition councillors tried to persuade the Coderre administration to shelve the bylaw so it could be reworked.

Other Quebec cities have recently adopted similar bans and such laws are also on the books in some other Canadian cities.

But detractors say breed-specific legislation has been proven to be ineffective in reducing dog bites.

The emotional debate has raged for months and isn’t likely to end with Tuesday’s vote.

Opponents of the breed-specific ban have promised legal challenges to the bylaw, which is expected to go into effect Oct. 3.

For those of you unaware, Montreal city council just signed a death warrant for Pitbulls.

 “Under the ban — which loosely covers American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers and Staffordshire bull terriersno dog considered a pit bull can be adopted from Montreal shelters.

“For dogs that don’t have an ‘owner’ on the day of the passing of the legislation, the way the legislation is drafted, the dogs have to be euthanized,” Alanna Devine, of the Montreal SPCA, told The Dodo last week.

The Montreal SPCA takes about 2,000 dogs into the city shelters it runs every year. Among them, she says, about a third, or 700, meet the city’s standard as pit bulls.”

“So far, the handful of dogs who have found safe haven in Alberta and Saskatchewan pales in comparison to the number facing euthanization in Montreal.”

“Under the law, people who own dogs deemed pit bulls have until March to undergo a criminal background check and pay $150 for a special permit. Their dog will have to be sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped —as well as muzzled and on a 4-foot leash at all times in public.” 

“Sadly, the decision in Montreal may have a domino effect on the rest of Quebec. Provincial legislators have been mulling a similar ban, which, Devine told The Dodo, could be announced shortly after the Montreal decision”. 

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Hank, a well-loved family pet from Northern Ireland, has been seized after an anonymous member of the public reported him. Not for his behaviour, but for his appearance. He has been seized under the ridiculous law that is BSL. His owners are trying to raise enough money to prove that Hank is not a dangerous dog and should not be euthanised.


To whoever reported Hank to the council for “looking like a pitbull” - thank you so much for not even giving me the courtesy of speaking to me first. Your call has put my baby into the care of the council who took the time to explain to me that Hank will have his dietary needs met right up until they kill him for how he looks. And thanks to the dog warden herself who explained that although he isn’t dangerous he still has to die and that no, I cannot see him before they kill him. The only recourse I have is to take the council to court to fight the legally mandated destruction order. The real kick in the balls is that they will not allow me to see him, not once, not even to say goodbye.

On the 14th July 2016, Hank was taken from my home by 8 police officers and 4 dog wardens. He has been condemned to die because he looks like a pitbull. Our only legal recourse is to fight this in the courts. We will do anything to save Hank, he is a much loved part of our family. He is more than a pet. The best chance at returning Hank to his home is to prove that he is not dangerous, this is costly due to the need for professional opinion. Any help you can give will be warmly accepted. Joanne and I are forever indebted to the generosity we have been shown so far.


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