In addition, the SPCA of Montreal has issued its own ultimatum. The group, which operates shelters and animal services in 12 Montreal boroughs, says it will cancel its contract with the city under the ban.
The legislation was proposed after a spate of dog attacks in the city. Among them, the most notorious resulted in a woman being killed by a dog in her yard last June. But, even in that case, there's doubt whether the dog that attacked her was even a pit bull.
Under the law, people who own dogs deemed pit bulls have until March to undergo a criminal background check and pay $150 for a special permit. Their dog will have to be sterilized, vaccinated and microchipped -as well as muzzled and on a 4-foot leash at all times in public.
"There are a lot of low-income and homeless people in Montreal who simply won't be able to afford all of the criteria they need in order to get the special permit," Devine told The Dodo. "Those dogs will have to be seized and have to be euthanized."