Many pit bull owners won't be able to afford the new restrictions on pit bull ownership, and the euthanizing of hundreds of homeless pit bulls has motivated activists all over the U.S. and Canada. At the time of this writing, more than 360,000 people have signed a Change.org petition demanding Montréal rescind the ban.
According to the website dogsbite.com, 860 cities regulate specific dog breeds, and 100 percent of them include pit bulls. They argue that breed-specific legislation works and reduces dog attacks on humans.
The Montréal SPCA is already challenging the new pit bull ban in court. Activists are furious over what's called "breed-selective legislation," or laws that target specific dog breeds, when many argue it's the owners that need to be held accountable for an animal's behavior.