"Though the fight is not over, we are extremely disappointed by today's decision and particularly preoccupied by not being able to continue finding adoptive homes in Montreal for all of our healthy and behaviourally-sound dogs, regardless of their physical appearance," Alanna Devine of the SPCA Montreal said in a statement sent to The Dodo shortly after the court decision.
When it comes to pit bull type dogs in the city's public shelter system, the court appears to have at least temporarily curbed a provision of the ban that could have spelled a death sentence shelter dogs.
The SPCA Montreal takes about 2,000 dogs into the city shelters it runs every year. Among them, according to the organization, about a third, or 700, meet the city's standard as pit bulls.
Initially, the ban would have rendered them ineligible adoption.
"For dogs that don't have an 'owner' on the day of the passing of the legislation, the way the legislation is drafted, the dogs have to be euthanized," Devine told The Dodo in September.