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Montreal suspends pit bull ban, will consult before reworking bylaw next year

Montreal suspends pit bull ban until 2018
WATCH: Montreal has temporarily suspended the controversial ban on pit bull-type dogs. As Global's Matt Grillo reports, a new bylaw will be introduced in 2018.

Montreal’s new administration has temporarily put on hold the city’s controversial ban on pit bull-type dogs.

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The city says it is suspending the ban as well as specific sections pertaining to the breed such as mandatory muzzling and special permits.

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The measures were ratified by the city’s executive committee Wednesday.

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Councillor Craig Sauvé says a new bylaw will be introduced sometime in the first half of 2018.

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Sauvé says he expects a vast consultation process to be held before then involving scientific experts, animal-behaviour experts as well as dog-owners and people who don’t own dogs.

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Ex-mayor Denis Coderre‘s administration passed a bylaw in 2016 forbidding such canines.