Lawsuit filed after pit bull ban

Lawsuit filed by Montreal SPCA following pit bull ban

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Pit bull owners in Montreal, Canada, are reeling after a controversial animal control bylaw was passed. On Tuesday, the Montreal city council voted  37-23 to ban the ownership of pit bull type dogs and already, much to the joy of animal welfare advocates, the Montreal SPCA is legally challenging the new legislation, reported the Globe and Mail.

As of Monday, the new breed specific legislation (BSL), which was passed by the city council members, will impact the 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

However, the Montreal SPCA is working to halt some aspects of the legislation, citing in court documents the fact that certain sections of the bylaw (those which target pit bull type dogs) are discriminatory, “vague and imprecise”, as well as contrary to Quebec’s animal welfare laws. On Thursday, the animal welfare organization is presenting the legal challenge at the Montreal courthouse, reported CBC News.

Read more about the current situation impacting pit bull type dog owners in Montreal at this link to CBC News.

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