On Monday, those fighting against the controversial pit bull ban, which was scheduled to go into effect in Montreal today, were granted a small victory in court. According to CBC News, the pit bull ban has been temporarily suspended thanks to Quebec Superior Court Justice Louis Gouin.
On Monday afternoon, the Montreal SPCA, which is fighting the anti-pit bull legislation, updated Facebook followers about the small victory in court. The agency wrote:
FIRST SMALL VICTORY IN COURT! Demand for the Montreal SPCA to suspend the implementation of provisions to certain breeds of the new regulations of the city of Montreal was heard today in Superior Court. The judge will make a decision no later than Wednesday, October 5 but decided to suspend application of the problematic provisions in the meantime.
Superior Court Justice Louis Gouin has stated that restrictions on pit bulls, including muzzling and being required to be on a short leash, will not go into effect until Wednesday – the day that Justice Gouin is supposed to make his final ruling.
If Justice Gouin decides to uphold the breed specific legislation (BSL), which was passed by the city council members, it will impact dogs which are defined as:
- Staffordshire bull terriers
- American pit bull terriers
- American Staffordshire terriers
- Any mix with these breeds
- Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds
Read more about the flaws in this proposed pit bull legislation at this link to a prior Shelter Me article.