"My dutyas mayor of Montreal is making sure I am working for all Montrealers. And I am there to make sure they feel safe and that they are safe," said Denis Coderreto the press after the city council passed a bylaw banning thePit Bull dog breed in the Canadian city. The law effects hundreds of dog owners who own a combine seven thousand Pit Bulls. The ban was passed 37 to 25.

Supporters have rallied behind the ban which blocks the adoption or the purchase of Pit Bulls. They say that the measure puts human safety over dog safety. They also claim the ban will decrease dog bites in all jurisdictions ofMontreal.

Two well known dog attacks in the city pushed the ban up in the agenda.

CriticsExpress Disappointment With The Pit Bull Ban

Luc Ferrandez, leader of the opposition party Projet Montreal, expressed his disappointment. "There is strong proof this won't work." He made the case that instead of unilaterally banning Pit Bulls, saying instead there should be harsher punishments for bad owners. Ferrandezthen pointed out that Canadian cities that had similarbans, such as Ottawa and Toronto, are lifting the bans after theyfailed. City Councilman Sterling Downey agreed, saying, "This is going to create a bigger problem than a solution.

Animal Rights advocates have already panned the Montreal law. Ewa Demianowicz of the Humane Society International/Canada said in a statement that the new law would kill innocent dogs without any improvement of public safety.

TheQuebec Order of Veterinarians lodged a formal complaint again the ban. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Montreal, an organization that operates dog shelters in 12 Montreal buroughs, said it will terminate its contract with the city if the ban is not repealed.

A court challenged is already being planned in defense of the Pit Bulls and their owners.

Lawyer Julius Grey told CBC Montreal's Homerun, "This is very serious." Grey is part of a coalition comprised of lawyers and animal behavior experts that are moving forward with the ban's challenge.

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