Some dog rescuers are for and others against opening Sask. to newly banned Montreal pit bulls

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As Montreal bans pit bulls, there are concerns from animal rescue groups in Saskatchewan
WATCH ABOVE: As yet another Canadian jurisdiction bans the pit bull breed of dog, rescue groups in Saskatchewan are preparing for many of the animals to end up in the province. But, at least one rescue group is warning against that, saying there are many already here and their lives could be jeopardized if that happens. Jacqueline Wilson reports – Sep 30, 2016

It’s all doggy kisses and hugs for two-year-old pit bull Brie who spends her days diligently looking after her foster siblings. Brie came to Saskatchewan from Ontario, where there are laws designed to remove the breed and even dogs that look like them to curb serious bites. On Monday, the same rules will apply in Montreal.

“I don’t agree with breed specific legislation, it doesn’t solve the problem,” said New Hope Dog Rescue coordinator Vanessa Martens.

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As of Oct. 3, it will be illegal to acquire a ‘pit-bull type dog’ in Montreal. But where will all of the dogs currently in shelters go? Some rescues in Saskatoon are preparing for a possible wave of bull breeds.

“We don’t know whether any will come to Saskatchewan or not, so we’ll open our doors happily and take however many we can,” said Martens.

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But according to dog rescuer Brent Arstall, opening our doors might be a bad thing.

“The problem is our province is so out of control with the dog population. Thousands of dogs get killed every single year inhumanely in this province, “said the We All Need a Rescue owner & operator.

“Until that problem is a bit under control we don’t need to be bringing in other dogs from other provinces and countries. It sounds bad but, it’ll flood the market for the people who are looking to adopt a dog.”

“You’re saving a life, but technically ending a life for a dog here in our own province,” Arstall said.

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Nonetheless, everyone agrees the legislation doesn’t work. In fact, Toronto’s reported dog bites have risen since the 2005 ban.

“No, breed specific legislation does not work that’s what the research says. To foster and support responsible pet ownership, that does work,” said Saskatoon SPCA executive director Patricia Cameron.

“People that make these rules are uneducated towards animals. On paper it looks great, but they don’t understand what’s actually going to happen to these dogs,” Arstall said.


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