Sadly, the decision in Montreal may have a domino effect on the rest of Quebec. Provincial legislators have been mulling a similar ban, which, Devine told The Dodo, could be announced shortly after the Montreal decision. But if lawmakers are looking for proof of a breed ban's effectiveness, they need only look to the neighboring province of Ontario, where pit bulls have been banned for more than a decade - and dog bites have actually gone up in that span.
"In 11 years, Ontario's breed-specific legislation has done nothing but tear apart families, dramatically reduce the quality for life of dogs living under the legislation, and, ultimately, take the lives of thousands of innocent dogs. The impact will be no different in Montreal," Clare Forndran of Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary noted in a press release.