Craig Sauvé, a member of Mayor Valérie Plante’s newly appointed executive committee, spoke about Montreal’s pit bull ban, saying the new administration plans to repeal-and-replace the bylaw. 

Speaking on behalf of Projet Montréal, Sauvé, who is an associate executive committee member in charge of citizen services, said that an improved piece of legislation will come forward that is more “humane,” quotes CBC. 

The current bylaw, passed by the Coderre administration last September, makes it illegal to adopt a pitbull breed of dog. Montrealers who already own a pitbull are currently forced to get a permit for their pet, and keep their canine in a muzzle when in public. 

Pitbull-owners caught outside without a permit can face a $750 fine and have their pet taken away. 

Denigrated by Sauvé, a new bill will introduced that will be created in consultation with dog owners and groups like the Montreal SPCA. 

No timeline was given as to when the current bill will be repealed, nor when the new model was introduced. 

Sauvé did provide some information on what the new bill may look like. Essentially, Montreal is going to mirror what Calgary has done when it comes to regulating animals. 

In Calgary, dogs of all breeds need to have a City of Calgary licence once they’re over three months old. Dogs are expected to be leashed at all times (save for designated off-leash areas) and canines are barred from entering certain areas, like playgrounds. 

Purchasing a license clocks in at about $40 for a puppy in Calgary and a little over $60 for an “unaltered” dog, so not spayed or neutered. And getting a license is pretty important, since an unlicensed dog in Calgary can get you a minimum fine of $100.00. 

Money collected by licenses go towards owner education campaigns and programs, a major part of Calgary’s animal regulation model. 

Despite being quite strict, Calgary’s animal bylaws don’t discriminate against specific breeds. Any breed of dog can be dangerous, a sentiment repeated by Sauvé, which is why the Calgary model may work well in Montreal. 

At the least, it’ll be better than the current pit bull ban.

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