City wants your opinion on New Montreal Dog Bylaw
New Montreal Dog Bylaw – Projet Montreal made a campaign promise to repeal the previous administration’s controversial Breed Specific Bylaw targeting Pit-Bull or ‘Pit-Bull Type’ dogs, which Mayor Denis Coderre at the time, passed. He did so despite the protests, expert advice from veterinarians, lawyers and the Montreal SPCA. But mostly, despite the outrage and tears of dog owners as they had to place muzzles on their beloved pets for the first time.
The new administration under Mayor Valérie Plante is following up on their promise. On December 20th 2017, just a little over one month after being sworn in, Plante announced amendments to parts of the bylaw concerning Pit-Bulls and their ‘Types’ and said they would soon be coming up with a new bylaw in 2018 – and the muzzles were allowed to immediately be removed.
The bylaw, as it stands now, still maintains strict rules regarding dangerous dogs in general but as Plante explained, they eliminated the rules specific to pit bulls because studies showed it ‘created a false sense of security’ and there are many other types of dog that can be dangerous, not just one type. Throughout the campaign she maintained that the responsibility belongs to dog owners to keep their animals under control.
And now she asking for opinions and feedback from the people her administration now serves. Projet Montreal wants to consult pet owners and professionals first, before developing a new dog bylaw which they are aiming to have ready early this summer – one not only addressing the safety of citizens but also considering the welfare of the dogs themselves. It is a far different approach than before and one in line with other cities who have had success with their animal control bylaws.
They will be holding eight public consultations and asking people to fill out an online survey as follows:
• Espace La Fontaine: 3933 Avenue du Parc-La Fontaine, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal > 9:00am to 10:15am and 10:30am to 11:45am
• Maison de la Culture Mercier: 8105, rue Hochelaga, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve > 1:30pm to 2:45pm and 3:00pm to 4:15pm
• Centre Georges-Vanier 2450 Rue Workman, Le Sud-Ouest > 9:00am to 10:15 am and 10:30am to 11:45am
• March 3rd at Centre des loisirs de Saint-Laurent (room AB229) 1375, rue Grenet, Saint-Laurent > 1:30pm to 2:45pm and 3:00pm to 4:15pm
Visit their website at: www.makingmtl.ca/animals
The consultations will be followed by the presentation of a draft bylaw to be approved by city council.