Sep 30, 2016 4:15 PM
CANADA — Despite protests and online petitions city councilors in Montreal, Canada voted this week in favor of a ban on pit bulls. This is in response to the mauling to death of a 55-year-old woman this past summer.
DNA results released show the dog that attacked the woman was, in fact, not a pit bull.
Regardless of the DNA test results, starting Monday, no one will be allowed to buy, sell, surrender or transfer pit bull-type dogs within city limits. Those who already own pit bulls will be slapped with stiff fees and must adhere to regulations like muzzling their dog while in public. But what does that mean for shelter dogs?
“Any stray pit bull that comes into the shelter through their contract would need to be euthanized as well as owners who possibly need to surrender - if they surrender within the city limits to the shelter, those animals would now be at risk for euthanasia regardless of their behavior,” said Lindsay Hamrick, N.H. State Director of the U.S. Humane Society.
Some animal rescues have already begun soliciting on social media asking for money or foster families to transfer these dogs. But the humane society warns to do you homework before donating.
“There are a lot of transport regulations that need to be abided by especially when you are talking about moving from one country to another, let alone among states,” Hamrick said.
Montreal isn't the only place considering these laws. Several cities and states right here in the U.S. have breed-specific legislation, but you can help change that.
“Contacting those cities and letting them know you are concerned about these policies because they are ineffective and chose to spend your tourism dollars in cities that don't ban certain breeds,” Hamrick said.
New Hampshire currently does not have any breed-specific legislation on the books.
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