Here we go again!...
Just a few weeks ago, Quebec removed the pit bull ban across the whole province, and discussions of a reformed animal bylaw for Montreal had begun.
Today, Valérie Plante unveiled the city's new animal control bylaws, and their plans to implement them.
While the pit bull ban in Quebec was pulled entirely, "dangerous dogs" are still very much under the microscope.
Montreal's new animal control bylaws will force dog owners to alert officials if their pet bites another person, as well as report where their pets home is located.
A dog that bites or attacks a human in Montreal will automatically be deemed "at risk", and forced to undergo an evaluation by city-trained experts.
The dog's owner would need to alert authorities within 72 hours of the incident, keep their dog muzzled when outdoors and bring it in for an evaluation to be carried out as soon as possible.
The costs of this specialized evaluation will fall onto the dog's owner.
If the animal is deemed "normal" after the checkup, it may still need to be micro-chipped, sterilized and/or be subjected to other conditions as deemed appropriate.
A "potentially dangerous" dog found under this evaluation would need to be vaccinated, micro-chipped and sterilized. Its owner must be over 18 years old and not have any criminal charges related to violence or animal cruelty.
This "potentially dangerous" dog will also need to be kept at least 2 meters away from children under the age of 16 unless they are children of the dog's owner.
Any dog deemed as "dangerous" in this evaluation must be euthanized within 48 hours.
The purpose of this bylaw is to ensure the safety of the public while making Montreal an animal-friendly city," said Valérie Plante.
Valérie Plante kept her promise to Montrealers that the city's pit bull ban would be removed, and the new animal control bylaws kept that promise.
Now, instead of automatically deeming a pit bull as dangerous there needs to be merit behind that, and instead of pitties being the focal subject, this new Montreal bylaw includes all dog breeds.