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MONTREAL -- Less than two weeks after a woman died following a dog attack in her backyard, Montreal's mayor has announced a plan to ban pitbulls and other breeds that are deemed to be dangerous.
"We're going to have an applied strategy, not just for one breed, but based on the level of potential danger of several types of dogs," he told a news conference on Saturday.
Dogs that already live in the city will be allowed to stay but will have to be sterilized and wear muzzles in public, Coderre said.
The ban was announced 10 days after a 55-year-old Montreal woman was found dead after being attacked by a pit bull.
The dog escaped from a nearby home before it attacked Christiane Vadnais.
Without getting into specifics, Coderre said the new rules would require dog owners to show they are capable of owning a pitbull or other dangerous breed of dog.
That may include a clause that would prevent anyone with a serious criminal record from owning one.
Coderre's announcement came days after the mayors of Quebec City and the Montreal-area city of Brossard announced they would be banning pit bulls.
Premier Philippe Couillard said this week his government will likely follow Ontario's example and adopt a provincewide ban on the breed.
originally posted by: Rosinitiate
You sir are ignorant (and harmfully so), in this context on a scale immeasurable.
Pitbulls are one of the smartest, friendliest oversized lapdogs a homeowner can, well own.
The hardest part of owning a pit bull is convincing them they're not a lapdog and my face isn't for licking.
Just because they are capable of tearing your face off doesn't make them evil. given proper incentive, I could tear ones face off too, should all me's be put down and/or barred from existence?
originally posted by: Skywatcher2011
a reply to: ksiezyc
That's your own opinion and it is your own. I respect that, but at the end of the day I am tired of hearing about vicious pit bull attacks...so out with those breeds thank you very much!
originally posted by: CranialSponge
Banning irresponsible pit bull owners would make more sense.