If passed on September 26, the city's new bylaw will be implemented unfairly. Only owners of dogs that are or resemble pit bull-types must prove that they have no criminal record of violence in order to keep their pets, albeit under closely controlled conditions. Framing owners of such dogs as potential criminals in this way can help to constitute the very problem Montreal seeks to eliminate.
Born and raised in Montreal, Taryn M. Graham is now pursuing her PhD in Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary. Her research looks into the challenges and opportunities Canadian cities face when it comes to sharing spaces with dogs.
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