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The Montreal SPCA organises a compelling event to demonstrate the consequences of a breed ban

Maple_fb_ENGMontreal, August 11, 2016 – The Montreal SPCA invites you to a high-impact event as part of its #SaferKinderCommunities campaign, which aims to provide fundamental solutions to make our communities safer and kinder.

Everyone agrees: Dog bites are a real public safety issue, and all experts agree that the City of Montreal’s plan to institute breed specific legislation (BSL) will not really protect the public from dog bites. Rather, it would result in the needless death of hundreds of healthy and behaviorally sound dogs and puppies, simply because of their physical appearance.

An interactive installation located in front of the Lionel-Groulx metro station this Sunday, August 14 from 10 am to 3 pm, will allow passersby to show their support for the saferkindercommunities.com campaign, as well as to learn more about the uncertain fate of hundreds of dogs who could be sentenced to death, unnecessarily, as of this fall in Montreal. “From what we have been told by the Coderre administration, the proposed by-law would allow dog owners who currently already have a “pit bull” type dog to keep their dog once the law would come into force but any new adoption of this type of dog – even from a shelter, such as the SPCA, would be prohibited as part of the ban”, explains Me Alanna Devine, Director of Animal Advocacy at the Montreal SPCA. “Shelters and pounds would continue to receive abandoned and stray dogs that resemble “pit bull” type dogs and having nowhere to go, these dogs would necessarily be sentenced to death”.

To learn more, and to sign the petition and letter addressed to municipal and provincial elected representatives, visit saferkindercommunities.com as of today.

  • What: Montreal SPCA’s punchy event; interactive installation
  • When: Sunday August 14th, from 10 am to 15 pm (rain or shine)
  • Where: Lionel-Groulx metro station

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Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Media Relations Coordinator, Montreal SPCA, 514 359-5198, or anitak@spca.com.

About the Montreal SPCA
Founded in Montreal in 1869, we were the first animal welfare society in Canada and our mission is to:

  • protect animals against negligence, abuse, and exploitation;
  • represent their interests and ensure their well-being;
  • raise public awareness and help develop compassion for all living beings.

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