The Quebec government recently proposed a draft legislation: An Act to promote the protection of persons by establishing a framework with regard to dogs and would like public input before the legislation is enacted. Comments on the draft legislation will be accepted until June 28, 2019.
CKC strongly supports well-crafted dangerous dog legislation that serves to protect the public but we must also ensure that this draft legislation is reasonable and takes into consideration how such legislation may impact responsible owners participating with their dogs in CKC shows and trials.
Specifically, there are no exemptions for dogs competing in CKC events. The draft legislation requires that all dogs must be on a leash, and all dogs 20kg or more must wear a harness or halter and leash when in public places (Article 20). Such a restriction poses a serious conflict as canine competitors are not allowed to wear harnesses or halters during competition and many of our performance and field events feature off-leash elements.
Other points of concern include:
A veterinarian will be obligated to declare a dog bite, with no provisions around circumstances or severity of the incident including if a peaceful dog or puppy is provoked to the point of biting (Article 2).
Municipalities have full discretion to nominate an examiner (veterinary surgeon) of their choice (Article 5). There is currently no official certification for canine behavior assessment. Many veterinarians may not be aware of certain breed specific traits, as described by the breed standard. In some breeds, certain body language may be perceived as aggressive although they are not. The draft Legislation also provides that the local municipality order that the dog be euthanized or prohibits the owner or custodian from owning a dog, should the dog be declared potentially dangerous.
The requirement for proof of vaccination and spay/neutering before 6 months of age for the dog to be registered is unclear/imprecise (Article 17). There are no provisions for those who would like to keep their dogs intact or those who wish wait until full physical maturity to spay or neuter their dogs.
There is excessive power given to the inspectors who would have rights to enter private properties should they believe a dog is on the premises (Article 26-27). In addition to excessive power, there is no requirement that these inspectors be trained on how to best approach dogs of all breeds.
Simply Download and sign this template letter and send to Véronyck Fontaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax: 418 643-3500. Comments may also be submitted to: Véronyck Fontaine, Secretary General, Ministère de la Sécurité publique, Tour des Laurentides, 5e étage, 2525, boulevard Laurier, Québec (Québec) G1V 2L2
The comments will be forwarded by the Office to the Minister of Justice; they may also be sent to the professional order that made the Legislation as well as to interested persons, departments and bodies.