CKC is pleased to report that, effective December 20, 2017, the City of Montreal’s executive committee has suspended the breed-specific provisions of its animal control bylaw—fulfilling a much anticipated election promise by new Montreal Mayor, Valérie Plante. A full overhaul of the legislation is expected for 2018, following extensive public consultations.
The City confirms via the FAQs on its website
that there will be no distinction between breeds in the eyes of the updated animal control law and formerly restricted breeds will no longer require special licenses. In addition, any special conditions concerning formerly restricted breeds (such as muzzling, supervision by a person 18 years or older, and short 1.25m leash) are also no longer mandatory.
Please note that the City has maintained the provision that any dog weighing more than 20kg, which is outside of the home, must wear a harness or a head halter attached to a leash not longer than 1.85m.
“We would certainly welcome the opportunity to participate in the consultation process next year to ensure that appropriate dangerous dog legislation and responsible dog ownership remain at the forefront of discussions," said CKC Quebec Board Director, Linda St-Hilaire.
In the meantime, we continue to keep a close eye on Quebec Bill 128 and its proposed province-wide breed-specific legislation, and have requested the opportunity to present to the Parliamentary Committee, in support of well-crafted dangerous dog legislation that is reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory.