Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is considering ending its animal shelter service contracts with the 12 Montreal boroughs it now serves if Montreal goes ahead with its plan to outlaw the acquisition of #pitbull
dogs and pit bull mixes, a lawyer with the #MontrealSPCA
Montreal’s city council is set to vote Sept. 26 on a proposed bylaw that would ban the ownership of pit-bull-type dogs, including #AmericanStaffordshireterriers
, dogs of any mix of those breeds, and dogs with “similar physical characteristics” to those breeds, unless a request has been made by the end of this year to register the dog under a special ownership. Those permits will only be granted to owners who can prove they do not have a criminal record, that their dog has been sterilized, has a microchip implanted under its skin and has had rabies shots.
The Montreal SPCA, along with other #animalrights
groups and veterinarian associations, is opposed to #breedspecificbans
, arguing they are discriminatory, impossible to enforce and are ineffective at reducing dog attacks.
"Part of our contract stipulates that there not be a breed-specific ban in place and we have refused to work with municipalities that have breed-specific bans … so we are exploring what we will do as an organization if this passes,” said SPCA lawyer Sophie Gaillard.
Gaillard added that the SPCA board is also discussing what to do if the city passes legislation and then expects the SPCA to euthanize dogs that are judged to violate the bylaw in boroughs where the SPCA has pound contracts.
"We have some important decisions to make internally, because we can’t impose on our staff the task of putting to death healthy and adoptable dogs,” Gaillard said.
The city of Ste-Adèle recently decided to drop its 18-year-old breed-specific ban just weeks after signing a contract with the SPCA