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Montreal SPCA files lawsuit against city over newly adopted pit bull ban

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WATCH ABOVE: Pit bull owners in Montreal are desperate for help after city council passed breed-specific legislation that would see stricter regulations on so-called "dangerous dogs." Global's Gloria Henriquez reports.

The Montreal SPCA says it is mounting a legal challenge against the city over its newly adopted pit bull ban.

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The animal-welfare organization says it filed documents at the courthouse Wednesday hoping to suspend the application of some portions of the new law.

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The SPCA alleges the sections that specifically target pit bulls are discriminatory and contrary to Quebec’s animal-welfare laws.

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Montreal city council voted 37-23 in favour of the new bylaw Tuesday.

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The legislation includes a ban on new pit bull-type dogs as of next week and restrictions on those currently in the city.

“We are hopeful that we will be successful in challenging the legislation in court,” Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA, said.

“We do feel there are some serious legal grounds on which we are going to be able to challenge this legislation, which is why we filed this motion.”

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Several other cities in Quebec and across Canada already have bans in place.