The Montreal SPCA was quick to announce its support for Valerie Plante as Montreal’s new mayor.
Plante and her party, Projet Montreal, have promised to repeal the city’s controversial pit bull ban that was introduced by outgoing mayor Denis Coderre.
“The Montreal SPCA is pleased that a party whose agenda gives prominence to animal issues has been brought to power,” said the organization in a release. “The SPCA intends to work with Valérie Plante’s administration to implement this plan as quickly as possible.”
The Montreal SPCA says it expects Plante and Projet Montreal to keep their promise to bring an end to the pit bull ban.
The bylaw bans new ownership of pit bulls and calls on existing pit bull owners to register their dogs and use muzzles on them in public.
“The breed ban introduced by the Coderre administration has been a key issue in the electoral campaign and citizens have clearly expressed their opposition to this measure,” said Sophie Gaillard, lawyer for the Animal Advocacy Department of the Montreal SPCA.
“The SPCA is relieved that the elected administration plans on repealing these provisions of the by-law and is more than willing to provide assist the new administration with the development and implementation of fair and effective measures to address the problem of dog bites.”