Protestors March Against Montreal Pitbull Ban


A pitbull ban in Montreal has been suspended, pending a judge’s decision.  People in Vermont and beyond, however, are still worried.  Protestors gathered on Burlington’s Church Street to march against Montreal’s “breed-specific law.”

“It makes it harder to own certain types of dogs, to rent with certain dogs, to walk down certain streets with your dog,” says Dina Senesac, who organized Friday’s march and owns a pitbull.  She rescued Tank nearly three years ago.

“I volunteer with a rescue organization called Pibble and More,” says Senesac.  “We find pitbulls are the most abused the most given up to shelter and these laws are making it harder for us to rescue these animals.”

Montreal’s law stems from a dog attack earlier this year, resulting in the death of a 55-year-old woman.  Montreal police described the attacking dog as a pitbull.  Evidence later proved this was not the case.

“The ban is on hold right now, but it would require all pitbulls have a special license,” says Jennifer Strickler, a volunteer with Pibbles and More.  “They were going to euthanize all pitbulls in the shelters and not allow anymore pitbulls to come into the city and there’s no reason for that.”

Protestors carried signs displaying “it’s the deed, not the breed.”  Pending the outcome of a court case, the law could be suspended permanently.  Those against this “BSL” hope that’s what happens.

“They’re not focusing on actually aggressive dogs,” says Senesac.  “If your dog is an aggressive poodle, you don’t have to follow any of those laws.”

“They are generally loving, friendly, affectionate animals,” says Strickler.

Montreal’s SPCA organization filed a lawsuit against the city, resulting in the court case.  Friday’s march collected donations to help cover the organization’s court costs.

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