One of the major components that sparked the controversial and very unfair ban on Pit Bulls in Montreal saw its verdict passed in court earlier today.
In 2015, a 7-year old girl was mauled by a pit bull at Marquis Park in Brossard.
"Her brain got infected because her skull was crushed in the back and the saliva of the dog infected her system," said her father, Bernard Biron.
Karim Jean-Gilles, the dog's owner, was on trial today and was found guilty of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
The trial lasted 2 days, and Crown prosecutor Claudie Gilbert called a dozen witnesses to the stand to describe the attack that punctured the young girl's skull, leaving permanent damage to her face and hand.
The 12 witnesses testified that the two pit bull dogs owned by Jean-Gilles were often roaming free in the neighborhood with a leash, or collar.
Karim Jean-Gilles represented himself in court, and did not defend himself against any of the Crown's witnesses called - nor did he call on any witnesses of his own.
Jean-Gilles's mother, Hyacinth Parker, was walking the dogs prior to the attack She found guilty of criminal negligence in October and was sentenced to 3 years probation, 240 hours of community service and ordered to donate $2,000 to Ste. Justine Hospital.
Karim Jean-Gilles could be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison. The crown prosecutor is aiming for 7. Sentencing will take place March 23rd.
The dogs were euthanized after the attack, and the city-wide pit bull ban was sparked.
Looking at this case, it is easy to understand why animal regulations are needed instead of a ban on the specific breed.
Its tragic story that could have been entirely avoided if the dogs were properly trained, cared for and maintained.
We will continue to update this as more information comes. While more information comes out, find out how you can get involved in the city-wide consultations regarding animal control laws.