Montreal Pitbull Ban Put On Hold As Tonight’s Protest Approaches

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A hopeful story to hear on #worldanimalday! Monday, the controversial pit bull ban came into effect in Montreal, only to have a judge temporarily suspend it.

According to the Associated Press, on Monday Quebec Superior Court Judge, Louis Gouin, suspended the parts of the law that deal specifically with pit bull-type dogs until Wednesday so can evaluate a request sent from the Montreal SPCA who took the city to court over the ban.

Inspired by a fatal dog attack back June that killed a Montreal woman, the city council voted 37-23 in favour of the ban last week. The law sparked a major social media frenzy and a petition to stop the ban that has received 38,608 signatures as of this morning. The ban led to angry animal-lovers harassing Montreal Mayor, Denis Coderre, resulting in the official blocking a plethora of users from his Twitter.

Tonight Mayor Coderre will speak at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec to talk about his vision for the city’s 375th anniversary. A protest has been planned before the event in the public square near the BAnQ. The Facebook event page more than 1,300 people are listed as attending the event, and Coderre was even compared to – not the most humane- Disney character. Protesters are being asked to bring signs, but not their dog, so they can be seen as regular citizens against the ban as opposed to angry dog.

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