Montreal’s pit bull ban is officially over.
Projet Montreal has taken the steps to repeal the controversial ban.
City councillor Craig Sauve presented a motion to City Council this morning to amend bylaw 16-060.
.@CraigSauve présente au #cemtl la première étape de la réforme du règlement sur le contrôle animalier, qui suspend des articles du règlement 16-060 visant une race précise de chien #polmtl pic.twitter.com/S6aOobUEr3
— Projet Montréal (@projetmontreal) December 20, 2017
The amendment means that no specific dog breeds will be banned and pit bulls will no longer have to wear muzzles.
The City will give out licenses to all dogs, not just pit bulls. Owners with pit bull licenses can keep them and they will be considered a regular license.
“The special provisions in the Animal Control Regulations for the control of dangerous dogs, regardless of breed, are maintained in their entirety to ensure the safety of the public. Montreal is a welcoming city for pet owners and will remain so,” said Suave in a statement.
“We will continue to improve the regulation on animal control, in order to provide Montreal with the best possible services in this area.”
A new version of the animal control policy will be introduced in 2018.