- Municipal Council
Mount Royal, June 20, 2016 – On the heels of by-laws recently passed by several Quebec municipalities and much covered by the media, Town of Mount Royal has decided to amend its own By-law No. 1340 Concerning the Management and Protection of Cats and Dogs in order to ban several terrier-type breeds of dogs on its territory. Aware of the ongoing public debate, Mount Royal’s elected officials are acting to ensure Townies’ safety.
A notice of motion will be tabled during today’s council meeting to ban all American bull terriers, commonly called pit bulls, and other bull terriers, including Staffordshire bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers, in Mount Royal. The same would apply to crossbreeds with ancestry from the above-mentioned breeds. For all these types of dog, the licence required under By-law No. 1340 will no longer be issued to the owner, thereby making the animal illegal on the Town’s territory. The amended by-law would be adopted at the next council meeting, on July 18, and would come into effect as soon as July 20.
As a transition measure, the Town will allow the owners of dogs covered by the ban to keep their animal provided they already hold, as of July 20, 2016, the licence required under By-law No. 1340. However, in such cases, the animal must wear a muzzle whenever and wherever it is outdoors and may under no circumstances be allowed to enter the Town’s dog run.