(Closed) Pitbull Ban in Montreal

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Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I heard the SPCA is suing the city? I hope that goes through! Such a silly law!

eta – I also dont think they just come to your home and put them down lol. You have to register them if you already own one. I’m sure the registration process is quite strict though, and many wont get accepted 🙁

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

<h3>What does the bylaw call for?</h3>

For all pets:

  • All owners of dogs and cats must obtain a licence ($25 for a sterilized non-pit-bull-type dog, $10 for a cat) or face fines starting at $300. Presently, 20 per cent of Montreal dogs are licensed. For a list of where to buy licenses, go to ville.montreal.qc.ca/animaux/ressources
  • All dog and cat owners must have their pets sterilized and microchipped (affixed with a microchip with personal information so a lost animal can be returned) by Dec. 31, 2019
  • Residents can have a maximum of four pets per home, including two dogs, which can be increased to three with a special permit ($50)

For pit-bull-type dogs:

  • As of Oct. 3 it is illegal to acquire a pit-bull-type dog. Potential owners have until then to adopt or buy one. 
  • Current owners of pit-bull-type dogs must obtain a special permit by Dec. 31; if they don’t the dog is forbidden on Montreal territory and could be euthanized. Any dogs deemed dangerous can also be euthanized.
  • By March 1, owners must supply documentation proving the dog has its special permit ($150), is sterilized, microchipped and vaccinated; owners can only have one dog. Owners will have to submit proof they have no criminal record.
  • As of Oct. 3, pit-bull-type dogs will have to be muzzled at all times outside of their homes and kept on a 1.25-metre leash.
  • For information on how to obtain a license for a pit-bull type dog, go to ville.montreal.qc.ca/animals/permit/
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I literally just cried reading about this. It’s SICKENING. From what I read earlier I don’t think they’re allowed to put all pits down. Just strays who aren’t registered to owners as PP said. Nonetheless I am so appalled. And they’re making it illegal to ACQUIRE or ADOPT any new pit bull! Do they not realize how many dogs are going to die in that city from now on? Absolutely disgusting. I’m going home and hugging my pit a little extra tight tonight. And guess what? He’s not gonna eat my face off either.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club

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railroaderwifeyxo :  the article that I read said that if they already were registered and in your home, that they didn’t need to be put down, but have to be leashed and mussled at all times when outside of your home.

My heart breaks!!! I just lost my dog a couple weeks ago who was the sweetest thing in the world. She was a mut that we rescued, but visibly part pitbull. People would be so scared when I took her to the park or cross the street when I was walking her, but she NEVER, not even once, bit anyone or attacked anyone or any other animal! Even when another dog bit her, she did not attack! I mean, c’mon! It’s not the breed, it’s the owner. Luckily in my home state of New Jersey there is no ban because of the research that supports that they are not a viscious breed and are only viscuous by the owner teaching them to be. Those poor pups in the shelter who are healthy and looking for homes need to be euthanized and that is incredibly sad. The people who passed this bill must be heartless and not actually know what they’re talking about!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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railroaderwifeyxo :  I was heartbroken when I saw this yesterday. The article below has some ways people can help even if they aren’t in Canada. Letter writing, signing petitions, and donating to the Montreal SPCA who is working to not only sue the city but also get as many dogs out of the area as possible before Monday’s deadline.

https://www.thedodo.com/montreal-pit-bull-ban-how-to-help-2023336538.html?tdfb

Large showings of support from all over the world can really help with these cases. one recent example is Hank, the dog who was impounded in Ireland because he looked like a pit bull. He was saved because massive amounts of people all over the world flooded Belfast representatives with Facebook posts, emails, letters and phone calls.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I heard about that 🙁 And the description thing is so awful. Plus it bugs me that, as far as I understand, pit bull isn’t a real breed in itself but rather a general description of a few different ones.

I know some shelters literally slap that label “pit bull mix” on any dog around the right size that doesn’t look like a golden retriever or a collie.  We have one dog that is pure American Staffordshire terrier and he’s a great gentle dog.  My other dog we once did a DNA test for, and it said she could have Am Staff in her background at a grandparent or further back level.  But people always assume that she is mostly pit or Rottweiler based on coloring when she’s actually likely primarily a smaller swiss mountain dog variety (Entlebucher) and foxhound.  It makes me so angry and sad that she would fall under this restriction and just proves how uneducated and subjective it is.   

I do understand that if a pit becomes aggressive, they have the capability of hurting someone more than many other dogs.  But I believe the actual incident of an aggressive pitbull dog is so much lower than every other dog over the course of a year.  (I could be wrong on that statisitic and I didn’t look it up to verify just now..it’s been a while.)

 

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

This law made me so sad.  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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railroaderwifeyxo :  It’s effin’ ridiculous! Sign petitions and donate (to the RIGHT ones) so this can be stopped

I have 3 dogs and one is a holy terror. He is chi/Jack Russell and HE should be muzzled in public before 99.999999999999999% of any of those pitbulls.

Effin’ muzzle Michael Vick and what about the effin’ people who abuse them and fight them??? Nothing for them.

As you can see, I’m pissed about this.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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railroaderwifeyxo :  Here is what I understood. If a pittie is already owned, it is ok, they just have to have special registration. Any pitties in a shelter or strays will be put down unless adopted. Pitties must also be muzzled while off your property and on a 4ft leash.

 

ETA: I forgot to add, I cant belive this happened. It is not the breed, its the owner that makes a dog dangerous.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

“No, Officer. I am not walking my pitbull without a muzzle. I’m hanging out with my friend, Batman.”

(Not my dog, just a pic I found online. lol)

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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railroaderwifeyxo :  Agree!  

I also hate the muzzle thing!  Really?!  Poor dogs.  And all that does is further the perception to people who will see them that they’re dangerous and risky.   If I see any dog with a muzzle I assume it’s already been dangerous or threatening – not just wearing one because a city decided they are intrinsically dangerous 🙁   

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