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Montreal Passes Pit Bull Ban, Thousands of Shelter Dogs Facing Euthanasia

Montreal’s debatable pit bull ban is formally at the books after town council handed a bylaw on Tuesday which puts a ban on any new “pit bull type” canine within the town and puts heavy restrictions on the ones already dwelling there. Under the brand new legislation, any of the now-banned breeds nonetheless in shelters subsequent week when the legislation takes impact can be humanely euthanized.

Council voted 37 to 23 in desire of the breed-specific law, which incorporates a ban on any American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, and the Staffordshire terrier, along side crossbreeds or canine combined with or sharing their bodily traits. In different phrases, in Montreal, if it looks as if a pit bull, this can be a pit bull.

The debatable ban comes at a time when breed-specific law has been confirmed useless at decreasing canine bites and assaults, and right through a world-wide pattern towards finishing BSL.

The new legislation takes impact on October three, 2016. After which, it is going to be unlawful to possess any new pit bull-type canine. Already owned pit bulls can be grandfathered in, however should be registered through the top of the 12 months at a price of $300. In addition, pit bull homeowners should be a minimum of 18 years previous and can be screened for a prison report or a historical past of violence. They should additionally supply evidence the canine has been altered (spayed or neutered), microchipped and vaccinated in opposition to rabies. Pit bulls must be muzzled when outside and should be saved on a brief leash when off their assets.

If homeowners don’t observe the brand new regulations, their canine will also be confiscated and euthanized.

The SPCA has threatened to revoke all animal keep an eye on products and services in Montreal in consequence of the breed ban.

 

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