Pit Bull Ban in Brossard
by PProvencher on December 2, 2017 - 4:51pm
This article outlines the pit bull ban that was recently implemented in Brossard. Current pit bull owners are allowed to keep their dogs if they are ready to abide to all the rules that will be put into place by the city. Some of these rules include, having $250,000 in liability insurance coverage on your dog which can be quite pricey and hard to get, as well as making the dog complete an obedience training course. The owners will also have to equip their dogs with a microchip and make them wear a muzzle whenever they are in a public setting. These dogs will also not have access to designated dog parks. The specific breeds that will be banned are the following: Bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull, American Staffordshire terrier as well as any mix of these breeds. The mayor of Brossard at the time said that this came in response of the pit bull attack on an 8 year old girl in a Brossard park. The girl was left paralyzed in the left side of her face. The article also mentioned that the province of Quebec is looking into maybe banning some breeds. This comes after the death of a 55 year old woman in Point-aux-Tremble. Many against the bans, like the Montreal SPCA, say that owners are to blame and that is where the problem is sourced. Other cities in the area recently lifted their ban on pit bulls and they said that they are going to target dangerous dogs instead. These dogs are characterised as dog that bite or try to bit a person or other animal and/or that manifest signs or aggression.
The issue at hand, is should pit bulls be allowed in Brossard or any other town for that matter? In my opinion pit bulls are amazing animals but they are dangerous. If these dogs do not receive proper training they have a powerful genetic makeup that enables them to deliver devastating blows, in some cases they can even kill. I grew up having dogs, and I love animals and I think that having a caring relationship with a pet can teach you a lot about life and responsibilities. I was also taught to logical approaches to problems in order to find solutions. The dogs and the lack of training share the blame in my opinion. Unfortunately when you have something that is such a high liability, like a pit bull, it is just not logic to have them around. I would be in favor of keeping them if there was a rigorous process of ensuring that all pit bulls receive proper training but before a solid flawless system is put in place I think that the risks outweigh the benefits. What do you think about the ban, is it justified?
Rukavina, Steve, and Kamila HInkson. “After string of pit bull attacks, Brossard to ban breed.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 14 June 2016, www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/brossard-pit-bull-announcement-1.3633076.