The aftermath of a Pit Bull attack in Montreal

by YosefA on January 30, 2017 - 1:48am

The Source

CBC News was established on January 1, 1941, and has been broadcasting their news since that time, which makes this News company a reliable source for news. Also, this article is reliable since it happened in Montreal and everyone had heard about it since it was an unfortunate and terrible news which brought consequences to the Pit Bull brand and alike.


The attack

First of all, my condolences to the victim and her family.

Wednesday 8, Jun 2016, a woman was brutally attacked and killed by a Pit Bull in her backyard. The incident was seen by her neighbor, Farid Benzenati, who immediately called 911 for help after not receiving any respond from the owner of the dog. Benzenati described the incident as bloody and brutal. The victim of this attack was Christiane Vadnais, a 55 years old woman that was employed by the STM. Benzentai described her as “a very nice and always smiling women who lived alone.” When the police arrived, they had to take down the dog, which was a Pit Bull, since he was too aggressive and did not let them come close to the victim who was pronounced death on site. During the investigating, the police have found a hole under the fence which they believe was the entrance that the dog used to enter Vadnais’ backyard.

·         The article was written by Stephen Smith for CBC News on Jun 09, 2016, the day after the attack.

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The aftermath

Four months after the unfortunate death of Christiane Vadnais, the city of Montreal has passed a bylaw to ban Pit Bull dogs and alike. The council has voted in favor of the ban with 37 in favor and 23 against the new bylaw. When the bylaw, have been passed, members of the council have said that the law will take into effect across all 19 Montreal’s Boroughs starting October 3, 2016. After the results, the mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, has said that he will do anything to make sure the citizens are safe. However, not everyone was happy about the new bylaw. The opposite, members of Opposition Project Montreal, have said that this “solution” might backfire on the city instead of helping the city. Not only the opposite that was against the bylaw, Montreal’s SPCA, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is against it and said that they will end dog control services over Pit Bull if the city will continue with the new bylaw.

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The law

            The bylaw will apply to all 19 Borough of Montreal and this law defines Pit Bulls as:

§  Staffordshire Bull terriers.

§  American Pit Bull terriers.

§  American Staffordshire Terriers.

§  Any mix with these breeds.

§  Any dog that presents characteristics of one those breeds.

Also, people who own those dogs and live in Montreal must acquire a special permit in order to keep the dog by Dec 31, 2016. Not only that, the dog must be supervised by 18 years of old and plus. The dog needs to be muzzled on outings outside the home and kept on a leash with a maximum length of 1.25m. Also, the dogs must be sterilized and microchipped. However, the permit must be bought not only for Pit Bull owners but for all dogs and cats that live in Montreal and those permits much be renewed every year before the 31st of December and anyone who violates the bylaw will have to pay a fine of 300$ to 600$ or if the animal poses a threat the fine will be from 500$ to 700$. In addition, Montreal is not the only city that has banned Pit Bull.

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            If considering all the incident that have happened in the past, this bylaw is a good law to protect people and their pets from a future incident. However, people who are against is this law because of the different points that his law has like sterilizing the pet or paying for the permit every year. Then those people can visit the SPCA or their Boroughs representative to talk about the issue and fight against this bylaw.

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All of the information provided above helps the reader get a great understanding of why this happened, when and where it happened, and what the consequences are. Although, i find this text a bit bias just because there isn't enough attention focused on why pit bulls should NOT be banned and why it should be in the hands of the owner, not the dog themselves. The outline of the attack was really well said, and very easily understandable. It was good how you mentioned that people who are against this bylaw, can fight against it. This was a very hard topic to explain because there are two sides in which make lots of sense, although there is always one against one. In general I just believed that with any controversial subject such as the banning of pit bulls, both sides should be given equal time and attention in the media. I think it's important for the pros and cons of opposing ideas to be highlighted so the public can educate themselves and determine their own opinion.

This article shows more of the development of PitBulls themselves, and also myths that are either true or not. It also asks questions on whether or not they should be banned.

Firstly, I really like your article. I like the way you wrote it because visually looks pleasant. Separating the paragraphs and specifying what happened in each one was a smart move and I also like that you used more than one source to explain your article. I would have added more perception of the people against this newly approved law to have more partiality. It’s always sad to read stories about people being attacked and worst of all about death. However, the tragic truth is that due to this law many dogs that are in shelters were put to sleep. Pitbull has always been the most stereotyped breed of dogs; they are considered very aggressive, difficult to train and bad behaved. Indeed, the media is full of stories talking about the danger of having a Pitbull or just to be near one. However, these stories don’t explain the violence or the bad environment around these dogs. Some owners may exploit them to fight other dogs or to be aggressive.
Many organizations have been against these breed-specific laws, because it may not help to minimize the dog bites accidents and deaths after all.
In overall I truly think that you did a good job. If you would like to read more about this interesting topic there is a full article:

About the author

My name is Yosef Harel Ataev.
Right now i'm studying Criminology in College Champlain which located near Montreal.
Originally i'm from Israel and I immigrated to Canada in 2006 when I was 14 years old.