Dangerous dogs: Montreal wants a national registry

News 21 March, 2018
  • Sarah Daoust-Braun
    From left to right: the file manager on the management of animals Craig Saved, and the city councillor in Verdun Sterling Downey.

    Sarah Daoust-Braun

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    Montreal urges Quebec to put in place a national register of dog bites to ensure the safety of all Quebecers.

    He is one of 11 measures proposed by the city in its brief, submitted Wednesday to the parliamentary committee studying the draft law aimed at regulating dangerous dogs.

    “We want to be able to keep track of all the dogs who arrive on the territory of Montréal. If I have a case of dog bite and that the owner moved to Montreal for example, I lose the trace of this dog and this owner, ” said the responsible for the file management wildlife Craig Saved at a press conference.

    Among other recommendations, the city would like to better control the breeding and trade of dogs and focus on the accountability of the owners in providing for more severe penalties for those who are negligent.

    The City also requires that the provisions of the draft law for the prohibition of certain breeds, such as pitbulls, are removed.

    If the bill 128 is adopted, this breed of dog will be banned in the entire province of Quebec. The minister of public Safety Martin Coiteux refused Tuesday to commit to ban pitbulls, recognizing that it is a ” polarizing “.

    Projet Montréal has opposed in recent years to ban these dogs. “It advocates a holistic approach to cow management, relating to the behaviour of the owners of the animals rather than targeting a type of dog in particular, because it creates a false sense of security,” reiterated the mayor Valerie Plant on Wednesday at the meeting of the executive committee.

    The administration of Valérie Plant writes a new regulation, which should enter into force in June.

    In June 2016, the Montreal Christiane Vadnais has been killed by an American Staffordshire Terrier, a breed associated with the family of pitbulls.