Monday, February 11, 2008
Montreal, CA - Pit bulls and pit-bull crossbreeds are to be banned from Montreal's downtown and pet-owners limited to two dogs at a time in public spaces. The proposed bylaw changes could be approved and take effect in advance of the peak summer dog season.
The number of documented dog-bites in the borough jumped to 19 last year from 5 in 2006, Jean-Yves Duthel said, a spokesperson for the Ville Marie borough. In each case, he added, the dog's owner was ticketed by the police. But an unknown number of other dogbites never show up in statistics because they are not reported, and thus not ticketed.
The new proposal also grants greater power to police officers: They will be given the explicit authority to shoot dogs who are not rabid "on the spot" if they show other serious misbehavior. Duthel notes that municipal bylaws governing pets and pet-owners were last revised about half a century ago.
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