On September 27, 2016, Montréal city council passed a new bylaw by a vote of 37 – 23. Among other things, the law bans new “pit bulls” and places severe restrictions on existing ones, with mandatory destruction as the only option for any violation. It prohibits the adopting out or returning to owners of “pit bulls” that enter shelters. It also introduces, for all breeds, a 2 dog / 4 pet limit, mandatory microchipping and sterilization, and a head halter or harness requirement for any dog 20 kg (44 lbs) or heavier.
There are many other severe restrictions on “pit bulls” and on all dogs and cats, as well as a very small and restricted list of other allowed species.
On September 28, the Montréal SPCA announced a legal challenge against the ban.
Click here to donate to the SPCA legal fund: https://goo.gl/q0YwPb
Read the entire bylaw translated into English at http://www.chicobandido.com/public/montreal_animal_bylaw_en.pdf
Read the entire bylaw in its original French at http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/animaux/assets/doc/reglement_controle_animaux_tarifs.pdf
Sign the three major petitions:
Boycott Montréal tourism: https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/my-montréal-includes-all-dog.html
Petition to reverse the ban: https://www.change.org/p/montreal-please-reverse-your-decision-to-ban-pit-bulls
Montréal SPCA petition and dog bite solutions: https://www.saferkindercommunities.com/
Here is a list of city councillors (and their email addresses) who voted FOR the ban: http://www.chicobandido.com/reference/montreal/vote_20160927/