It's the fact that it contains BSL, and the fact that most of it is so loosely written, that dismays me most.I'm extremely involved in this issue as I volunteer for 2 Montreal area based rescue organizations. I am a coordinator with Freedom Drivers: Animal Rescue Transport and One Last Chance Animal Rescue Team.
We are horrified, shocked and dismayed that this piece of legislation was actually passed. The mayor of Montreal, fast tracked this bylaw into being after a woman was mauled to death by what was reported to be a pitbull. DNA testing, actually confirmed this was alse breed identification and the dog in question was found to be a boxer x. He refused to listen to experts, scientists, animal welfare groups - anyone that would logically refute his arguments that BSL simply does not work. Although, pitbull and pitbull type dogs are not the only ones being affected with this legislation. The way it reads, if your dog kills another animal - frog, fish, mouse, etc. your dog can be deemed "dangerous", removed from your care and euthanized without appeal.
There are meetings and lawsuits going on to 1. try to legally challenge the constitutionality of the bylaw and, failing that, to ensure that the dogs affected are either 1. safely extracted from the area to rescues with no BSL in place or 2. financially assist families, who wish to keep their family members, but haven't got the financial means to comply with the requirements to obtain the special permits needed to keep their beloved pets. In order to obtain a special permit, all dogs that fall into the bylaw must be sterilized, microchipped and licensed with the city. The permit will cost each dog owner $150 now, and then must be renewed by December 31st of each year to the tune of $150.
This is a farce on the highest level.
Yes, they are. They began planning for this lawsuit before the bylaw was passed on September 27th. It's anyone's guess as to whether it will have traction, but we are hopeful that they are successful in having the vote overturned.Apparently the Montreal spca is sueing the city because of the bylaw