Montreal Breed Discriminatory Legislation
Just want to discuss the Boxer mix that fatally mauled someone 3 months ago that has caused Montreal to pass some of the worst legislation against dogs. Montreals law includes:
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.
The bylaw also creates two categories of dogs of all breeds: at-risk and dangerous. At-risk dogs are those that exhibit aggressive behavior, such as biting someone. Dangerous dogs are those that have killed someone or are deemed dangerous by an expert. A dog can be declared dangerous if it kills a toad, mouse, rodents of any sort.
Quebec's Order of Veterinarians has told members that they have the right to refuse to euthanize healthy dogs, even if owners are found to have violated municipal rules. In a letter to its members, the order said veterinarians must weigh issues of animal welfare and public health in making their decisions, but ultimately, "no municipal regulation or provincial legislation can obligate a veterinarian to carry out any veterinary act." The SPCA is also threatening to close its doors and refuse to euthanize healthy dogs who happen to look like they might be a pit bull.
Those who now own a dog of those breeds and already live in Montreal will have to acquire a special permit in order to keep their pet by Dec. 31, 2016. Until this special permit is required, dogs are required to be muzzled 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Dangerous Dog permit costs $150 and there are strict rules with who will be allowed a permit. Getting this permit you forfeit your rights and must allow the government access to your home at anytime for any reason without a warrant.
"There are two temptations to which people fall prey with dogs. The first is to think that biology counts for everything. The second is to think it counts for nothing"
- Tom Junod
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