This group has been fighting — and continues to fight — the legal battle against Montreal’s pit bull regulations. In addition, we are told they have some dogs at their shelter, who will be affected — with donations, they can help get the dogs into other jurisdictions where they won’t be at risk due to breed-specific legislation.
We will update this piece as we get more information.
It’s a dark day for dogs and their people in Montreal. The city’s onerous restrictions on pit bulls, and dogs who look like pit bulls, are now going into effect, after the Quebec Court of Appeal lifted a lower court’s injunction on Thursday.
Advocates hoped the suspension wouldn’t be quite so temporary — but that lawsuit is still proceeding. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the suit is likely to be heard in early 2017.
The City of Montreal passed the wide-ranging and harsh regulations in late September after a woman was killed in a vicious dog attack.
Here are just a few of the law’s provisions: All pit bulls must be permitted, but no new permits for pit bulls or pit bull mixes may be granted as of Dec. 31. Permitted pit bulls must be kept on a short leash while outside, and muzzled at all times — even, it seemed according to the regulatory language, while they are inside their homes. And city workers may demand entry into residents’ home at any time to ensure compliance with the laws.
The laws affect an expansive array of canines, including Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, any dogs mixed with these breeds, and “any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds.”
One bit of relief; the CBC reports Montreal will not enforce some of the law’s harshest provisions, at this time:
The city has agreed not to euthanize any pit bull-type dogs, unless they are found to be dangerous or show signs of becoming dangerous, or if they are stray, sick or badly hurt.
Shelters will also be allowed to return lost pit bulls to their owners.
The city has also agreed that pit bulls can be put up for adoption if they are destined for homes outside of Montreal.
A new muzzle requirement for pit bulls will be applied. However, the city has clarified that pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs need only be muzzled when they are outdoors.
In a cruel bit of irony, it was announced earlier this week that no charges would be filed against the owner of the dog whose fatal attack spurred Montreal’s pit bull regulations. (Which, like other instances of so-called breed-specific legislation, are expected to be expensive and cruel to enforce, without improving public safety.)
The dog, named Lucifer — who was registered as a boxer — reportedly attacked two other times, before killing Christiane Vadnais.
The prosecutor’s office is said to have chosen not to charge Lucifer’s owner, due to a lack of evidence.
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