Starting on October 3, Montreal’s new pit bull ban goes into effect.
The law will likely lead to thousands of dogs being put to death, because of how they look. It imposes countless hardships on people and dogs — significant financial burdens and mental health strains among them.
The law is being challenged in a lawsuit brought by the SPCA Montreal. If the court does not issue an injunction, there are just a few days left before pits currently living in the city are subject to onerous restrictions, and new pits are forbidden.
The Montreal Gazette, in the meantime, has found that the city officials who will be tasked with enforcing this law are utterly unable to answer the most basic, essential questions about its implementation:
The Dodo has put together some ideas about how to help mitigate the terrible damage that will be inflicted by Montreal’s pit bull ban.
And don’t forget that that there are hundreds of cities and counties in the United States with laws just like Montreal’s — go adopt a shelter dog from one of those jurisdictions.