Petition Causes Canadian City To Revisit Pit Bull Ban

A petition of more than 2,000 signatures has prompted Chateauguay, Quebec, to reconsider its ban on Pit Bulls and similar breeds.

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Calls to reverse the breed ban ramped up after a resident was told to he had to get rid of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Via CTV News Montreal
Calls to reverse the breed ban ramped up after a resident was told to he had to get rid of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Via CTV News Montreal

The Pit Bull ban might soon be coming to an end in Chateauguay, Quebec.

After more than 2,000 people added their signatures to a petition to end the ban, Mayor Nathalie Simon has agreed to revisit the bylaw and consider making the necessary changes, CTV News Montreal reports.

“We’re going to refresh the bylaw and … act as we should in 2015,” Mayor Simon told CTV.

A public outcry to reverse the ban began after 10-year Chateauguay resident Hugh McGurnaghan was approached by a local police officer and told he had a week to get rid of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Murphy, or have the dog euthanized. Luckily, McGurnaghan was able to work out a deal with the city to allow Murphy to come home.

“I think it’s a prejudicial law that needs to be changed and the onus has to be put on responsible ownership,” petitioner Susan Mackasey told CTV while outside city hall.

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