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Quebec Passes Bill 128 and Montreal Updates Animal Control Bylaw

Most recently, CKC reported that the Quebec government was planning to amend Bill 128 before the summer recess and as promised, removed any breed specific provisions after finding that there was no scientific consensus that banning breeds was effective or enforceable.

As of June 13, the updated Bill 128 (An Act to promote the protection of persons by establishing a framework with regard to dogs) became law in the Province of Quebec and includes rules regarding dog breeders and dangerous dogs, and we encourage members to review the updated regulations.

New Montreal Animal Control Bylaw Introduced

The City of Montreal’s recent adoption of a new animal control bylaw brings welcome change, such as the removal of any breed-specific provisions, in favour of stricter dangerous dog regulations. The new bylaw, currently available in French only, also aims to increase safety and reduce the number of biting incidents—and ultimately to make the owner more accountable.
 
Montreal’s proposed animal control bylaw was developed following  public consultations earlier this spring, after the City suspended its breed-specific laws on December 20, 2017. While the new regulations are generally positive and seek to promote responsible dog ownership and protect dogs, along with Montreal residents, CKC will further investigate provisions that may adversely affect our members.
 
For example, the City has proposed a ban, effective January 1, 2020, on choke collars, a prong collars, and e-collars—integral and effective tools used responsibly by dog exhibitors, trainers and evaluators. As we have seen with the recently suspended ban on these collars in Toronto, the decision to ban these collars is misguided and falls short of its intent to target irresponsible dog owners. CKC continues to support positive and humane training methods for dogs and believes that positive owner influence and education are paramount throughout the training process. Other provisions to note include mandatory harnesses or head halters for dogs 20 kg+, limitations on number of pets owned and mandatory spay and neuter for cats, dogs and rabbits that are not registered with a recognized breed association.
 
Please watch for more details as we work to further clarify aspects of the new bylaw and contact the appropriate Council members to ensure that the interests of our members and their dogs are well represented.
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