- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, April 27, 2015 – People who care about animal rights will be thrilled: Mount Royal is taking action to tighten control over the sale and living conditions of pets within its borders. Sympathetic to the cause and advised by the Montreal SPCA, Town Council will table at today’s meeting a notice of motion amending By-law No. 1340 Concerning the Management and Protection of Cats and Dogs. The amendments will specifically target the spaying/neutering and the sale of cats and dogs and will also partially apply to rabbits.
Mount Royal residents are already limited to owning a maximum of two dogs and two cats. Although this limit is not being changed, owners will now have to have all their pets spayed/neutered except for one cat and one dog. When obtaining or renewing a licence for a pet, residents will have to provide proof that the pet has been spayed/neutered, if they have not done so in the past. What used to qualify pet owners for a discount on the price of a licence will now become an obligation, unless a certificate of contraindication signed by a veterinarian can be provided. That said, the discount will continue to apply.
The notice of motion also stipulates that business specializing in the sale of pets will no longer be able to sell in Mount Royal cats, dogs and rabbits that have not been spayed or neutered. In addition, pet shops will be required to source the dogs, cats and rabbits they sell only from shelters and animal rescue organizations and to exclude commercial breeders from their suppliers. “These new rules are part of the worldwide movement to protect animals and recognize their rights,” said Mount Royal Mayor Philippe Roy. “They are an acknowledgement of the responsibility shared by all – government, cities and animal owners – to adopt a regulatory framework that favours the welfare of pets.” For her part, Alanna Devine, jurist and Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA, expressed delight with Mount Royal’s initiative: “We are extremely pleased and proud of TMR’s proactive step forward and we encourage other municipalities and boroughs to follow the example they have set.”
If all goes according to plan, the new by-law will be adopted at the Council meeting on May 25, 2015.