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City bans new pit bulls after fatal attack, existing pits must be sterilized

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MONTREAL, Canada – Starting Monday, no new pit bulls will be allowed in Montreal city limits, and all current pit bulls must be spayed or neutered, and muzzled while in public.

The new bylaw stems from the mauling death of a 55-year-old Montreal woman in June, when an unleashed pit bull attacked her.

Owners will have to prove that their current pit bulls have been living in Montreal since before the October 3rd ban.

If the dog owner fails to follow the new rules, their dog will be seized and the owner will face a fine up to $4,000.

According to CTV News, pit bulls make up just less than five percent of the Montreal dog population, yet are responsible for nearly 38 percent of the city’s 137 serious dog-related injuries and deaths since the beginning of 2015.

The pit bull category includes all American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire and Staffordshire terriers, and dogs that are mixed with any of the three breeds.

The 37 to 23 vote also requires that dogs of all breeds must be microchipped and registered with the city by the end of the year.

Montreal officials estimate that up to 80 percent of dogs there are not registered.

Many pit bull owners say it is not the dog, but how the dog is treated and trained that will affect its behavior.

Here in Oklahoma, Midwest City had once banned pit bulls, however the Supreme Court overturned the ban in 2011, ruling that the ban violated state law, which prevents breed-specific bans.

Banning pit bulls would require a change in state law.

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