Montreal Pitbull Ban Suspended

Cecile He -
Posted on: October 11, 2016

The close bond between people and pets can be traced all the way back to the stone age, and it’s no secret that dogs were one of the first domesticated animals to be kept as such. In fact, “man’s best friend” was the title that many like to toss around for their little companions. This endearing relationship between humans and dogs is perhaps the reason why the public was left divided when the city of Montreal declared a ban against pit bull-type dogs after a 55-year old woman was killed in a pit bull attack in June of 2016.

The pit bull ban was ruled in favour for by a 37-23 vote from the city’s panel of councilors. The new rules, intended to go into effect throughout the city on October 3rd, outlawed the ownership of pit bull-type dogs, both pure and mixed breeds, unless the owner applied and became approved for a permit before the end of the year. Then, if the owner did not comply with the rules outlined in the bylaw regarding the behaviour of their dog in public, the permit would be revoked and, in extreme cases, the dog would be euthanized.

This new bylaw sparked outrage amongst animal rights activists and owners alike. Lawyer Julius Grey told CBC Montreal’s Homerun, “This is very serious. It’s not an object, it’s not an object, it’s not the right to seize a car—[the law is] right to take a member of your family and that should not be permitted.”

Others claimed that these new rules would be too difficult to impose and that they would result in senseless killings of innocent dogs without improving the safety of the public. The Montreal SPCA, an animal protection agency, released a statement citing, “If the city of Montreal truly wanted to ensure public safety, it would not have forced a rushed adoption of controversial legislation which is unfair, unenforceable, and, most importantly, ineffective.”

Jesse Adams, co-founder of the RainCoast Dog Rescue Society, heard about the new bylaw being passed and travelled to the city to raise awareness about the ban and fundraise money for the Montreal’s SPCA legal fees to help them fight the law.

Finally, on Wednesday, October 5th, Adams and the SPCA were successful in reaching out to the Quebec Superior Court Justice Louis Godin, who suspended the ban indefinitely. This means that, for the time being, the rules of the bylaw will not be imposed.

According to Adams, the fight is far from being over, though this first victory is a triumphant one for all animal-lovers alike. Not only will he and the Montreal SPCA continue to fight to have the pit bull ban suspended permanently, but they will seek to educate people across Canada about the misconceptions of the breed.


  • On October 14, 2016 at 1:53 pm Earthman said:

    Finally a city and province that is using logic.It’s not bad dogs it’s bad owners and bad training.Ontario could use this same logic…..In spades.Ontario is the most indebted sovereign state on the planet.And a K-9 is illegal.Go figure.

  • On October 14, 2016 at 2:38 pm librazone said:

    So answer the question …just how are we able to stop the attacks by these dogs. Any suggestions ?

  • On October 15, 2016 at 1:22 am Distrubance said:

    I guess the SPCA are doing their job, fighting for the welfare of animals over the safety of people.

  • On October 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm e small said:

    Special Report: Level 1 Trauma Center Dog Bite Studies in All U.S. Geographical Regions Report Pit Bulls Highest Prevalence
    Summary of Key Peer-Reviewed Medical Studies (2009-2016)

    “There are at least 10 peer-reviewed studies published in medical science journals since 2009 that show a higher frequency of pit bull injuries than all other breeds of dogs in retrospective reviews of level I trauma centers. As of 2016, all major geographical regions in the U.S. are reporting these same findings as well: northwest, west, southwest, south, southeast, midwest and northeast. Since 2011 these medical studies have more closely scrutinized pit bull injuries as well.

    “Pit bull bites were implicated in half of all surgeries performed and over 2.5 times as likely to bite in multiple anatomic locations as compared to other breeds.” – Characteristics of 1616 Consecutive Dog Bite Injuries, July 2016″
    (Anyone interested can read these studies on Dogs bite dot org)

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