A new draft by-law was introduced at Dorval's City Council meeting yesterday that would implement new animal control regulations in the city.

Much like Montreal and Quebec, the city is hoping to increase citizen safety, however, the major difference is that Dorval has decided to list specific dog breeds as part of their legislation.

While the previous legislation listed a "dangerous dog" as one who had, in the past, "caused the death of a person" or another domestic animal, or a dog who had been "declared dangerous by a competent authority," the new draft by-law is much more specific and goes on to list 11 dog breeds that are also considered to be "potentially dangerous dogs."

The conversation around specific dog breeds was one of much contention during these legislative discussions in Montreal and Quebec. 

The conversation eventually led to Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault to admit that targeting specific breeds raises more issues than it helps, starting with the difficult job of establishing the breed of a mixed dog, for example.

As CJAD News' James Foster eloquently put it, "Both the City of Montreal and Quebec government reversed their decisions regarding specific legislation, deciding a dog's actions are what make it potentially dangerous, not its appearance."

The draft by-law indicates that a "potentially dangerous dog," is one who has "attacked a person or animal, attempted to bite a person or domestic animal, or exhibited aggressive behaviour."

Then, the by-law goes on to indicate that a "potentially dangerous dog" is also a dog of one of the breeds listed below, or even a cross of one of these breeds.

The dog breeds listed in the draft by-law are as follows:

  • Pitbull
  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Bulldog
  • Mastiff
  • Husky
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Boxer
  • Doberman
  • Chow Chow

According to CJAD News, the draft also indicates that these dogs would be required to wear muzzles when outside of its dwelling, unless a "competent authority" has indicated that the dog has a "mild temperament" and does not have a "propensity to attack."

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The by-law also outlines regulations for dog owners. A citizen that owns one of these dogs is responsible for being in control of the dog at all times, meaning the owner must have the "physical capacity necessary to ensure constant control over the animal," which also includes being able to stop the animal from escaping.

Owners would also need to clearly display a "pictogram" outside of the dwelling where the dog lives to properly warn others about the dog's presence.

Dorval's next city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21st at 8 p.m.

You can find information on their meetings and the topics discussed at the meetings on their website here.

They open the floor for a public question period at every meeting, which allows citizens to voice their questions and concerns about the goings-on in the city, so if you have questions or concerns about this proposed legislation, you should definitely consider attending.

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