Montreal passes controversial pit bull ban following fatal dog mauling

Pit bulls have been banned in Montreal, Canada. (KOMO file photo)

(KOMO) - Pit Bulls are no longer allowed in Montreal, Canada, CTV Montreal reports. Officials approved the controversial ban 37-23 this week.

Under the new bylaw, pit bulls are prohibited from entering any of the 19 Montreal boroughs. Pit Bulls already in the city must be sterilized, microchipped muzzled while in public.

As of Oct. 3, 2016, no new pit bulls will be permitted within city limits. Existing dogs must be registered by Dec. 31, 2016. Click here to read more.

The law follows the death of a 55-year-old woman attacked in her backyard by a dog in June, The Washington Post notes.

Mayor Denis Coderre says the law was penned with safety in mind.

"When 38 percent of all bites are coming from pitbulls there is a situation here," Coderre said in an interview with CTV Montreal.

Many pit bull owners in the area are outraged.

The original draft of the bylaw identified four breeds collectively known as pit bulls, but an amendment specifies regulations for three breeds: American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, and the Staffordshire terrier, along with crossbreeds of those dogs.

Read more here at CTV Montreal.

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