**From Oct 3, 2016 pit bulls and similar breeds will become banned and subject to discriminatory euthanization in Montreal. All pitbulls in Montreal shelters can be euthanized despite being healthy, adoptable, despite there being space to house them - according to the new law, simply because they have a "large head". In addition owned pitbulls can be taken away and euthanized if owners don't abide to strict new rules including a registration fee up to $300. There are no words to describe this injustice and lack of education. Please help Destiny's Road Animal Rescue help save as many pit bulls as possible in Montreal by donating.**
Destiny's Road Animal Rescue (based in MA, where NO pit bull ban is in place) will be pulling as many bully breed dogs as we can out of the City of Montreal by October 3 2016 and thereafter.
We will also be out reaching to families in this area to support them with the cost of the state mandated BSL muzzles and registration and in some cases potential relocation.
We have had 60 foster applications for this campaign - but we can't do this without funding.
It is with heavy hearts that we must inform you that the BSL ban in Montreal has passed with a 37-23 vote win.
This means that any animal identified as a pit bull - defined as an American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or any mix of these or any dog that has morphological characteristics of these breeds such as "large heads" (based solely on appearance unless a formal DNA test says otherwise) not currently owned (such as strays or in shelters) - will be euthanized. Additionally, the council voted to leave it open to boroughs to add in additional dog breeds as they see fit, without a vote needed. Veterinarians can opt out of euthanizing a healthy, social animal but must provide an honest effort in aiding in the search to find a veterinarian who will euthanize.
Any pit bull currently owned must have a $150 -$300 registration fee on file, and must be muzzled and on a leash no longer than 1.25 meters (~4 feet) any time they leave the premises of their home. They are also required to be sterilized, fully vaccinated, and microchipped with up to date and accurate registrations. If these regulations are not followed, then that animal is subject to be seized and euthanized as well.
Folks, this ban was passed based on fear - not science. Many professionals spoke at the Council meeting on behalf of the Bully breed with scientific facts and statistics, but the ban passed regardless because of the fear of potential attacks and bites. BSL can happen anywhere... and it can happen fast. DRAR is a MA based nonprofit that always strives to provide positive pit bull publicity and adopts out social, healthy pit bulls - all ambassadors of their breed.
We are saddened to hear of this ban and our hearts are with the Bully Breed and their owners in Montreal 🐾💜 If you feel the bully breed population in Montreal deserves to live please consider donating towards this fundraiser which will be used for transports and immediate needs of these animals ranging from medical to rehabilitation. This funding will help the families of the dogs in that area to be able to keep the beloved loved ones.
We are eternally grateful for your help love the pit bulls of Montreal and Destinys Road Animal Rescue