Montreal, CA – The city council of Montreal recently voted to ban ownership of pit bulls, causing outrage from dog lovers everywhere.
The measure was voted by a 37-23 majority, in response to controversy caused by a random dog attack, which was an isolated incident.
Mayor Denis Coderre issued a statement after the vote saying, "My duty as mayor of Montreal is making sure I am working for all Montrealers. And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe."
The new law will go into effect starting on October 3rd, and will effectively ban new ownership of any pit bull or "pit bull type dogs."
The law says that the following breeds will be marked as "pit bull type dogs."
-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.
There is a court appeal planned by those who are objecting to the new measure.
The Montreal SPCA is among the groups pushing a court challenge of the law, saying that this could lead to the deaths of countless innocent animals.