As True Activist reported last week, the city of Montreal voted to ban all pit bull-like dogs and animal lovers are up in arms about it in hopes of having the decision reversed. The new law effectively bans any animal that may look like a pit bull terrier, which is bad news for owners and even worse news for the true victims of the ban: innocent dogs.
Justice Louis Gouin ordered the ban to be suspended on Monday, while the court trial brought forward by the Montreal SPCA presents their case against the ban. The SPCA had filed a lawsuit and simultaneously asked for a suspension of the ban until the hearing is over. The suspension started the same day that the ban was supposed to take effect.
Credit: The Positive Pit Bull
For those who already own a pit bull, the law states that the dogs must have a special permit to be allowed in the city, and they must be muzzled while on a 4-foot leash at all times in public. The permit costs $150, and with the added cost of purchasing a muzzle and new leash this makes the ban impossible for very low income people to afford. For those who can afford to keep their dogs alive, their pit bulls are now miserable on walks that used to let them feel free while exhausting some of their energy.