Montreal delivered death sentence to thousands of dogs

The Montreal city voted 37-23 in favor of pit bull being banned in the Canadian city. The decision could be equivalent to a death sentence to thousands of pit bulls in Canada.

The Montreal SPCA takes about 2000 dogs in the city shelter every year, and Alanna Devine of the SPCA says about 700 of them meet the standards of pit bulls. Based on the way legislation drafted, those 700 could not be adapted and hence may need to be euthanized.

Anna Maria Ranieri, Pit bull,
Bless, an American Pit Bull Terrier, is treated to a free grooming session by Anna Maria Ranieri at Pampered Pets in Montreal, Sunday, September 25, 2016. Montreal city council is expected to vote on a bylaw that would ban new pit bulls in the city on Monday, Sept 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Additionally, the existing owners needs to get a permit to keep their dogs. The permit may cost around $150, requires a criminal background check and sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped in order to own a pitbull permit. This could not be possible to every low-income and homeless people in Montreal which means their dog will be seized and euthanized.

So the legislation indirectly passed out a law which could be equivalent to the death sentence to 1000s of pitbulls in the city.

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