ALL DOGS* will pay… the fine!
(Editor’s Note: 12/11/16 Section 21 of by-law # 16-060 in the City of Montreal
is quite clear:”All dogs over 20kg must wear either a harness or a Alti.
In addition in the first publication of the present editorial, we published a
letter received from the authorities in Montreal confirming the even
service/working dogs were subjected to the application of Section 21 except
in certain specific circumstances.
To this day, neither the SPCA nor MIRA have
stated their position on Section 21, has Clanimal has done for a while now.
Therefore we felt the importance to bring up the present precision since chances
are great that many other cities and municipalities in Quebec would be tempted
to enact the same legislation in a near future.
So more than ever, it’s time for all concerned responsible animal owners in
this province to rise up and clearly state to mayor “Bully Coderre” that we do
not want this type of 16-060 by-law.
And again, even if you are not from Montreal, chances are great that you could find yourselves stuck with the same by-lawapplied on your territory sooner than you think!).
(Editor’s Note: Contrary to your beliefs Mr. mayor “Bully Coderre”
you are not “justified”to apply your ill founded by-law, by
the Appeal Court, it’s merely a legal technicality (and definitely not on
its merits and scientific basis, that the City of Montreal is allowed to
reinstate temporarily said by-law).
Last October 26, Clanimal published an editorial entitled
” The Head Halter & Harness Police vs Montreal Dog Owners!”
In which we analyzed Section 21 of the by-law on animal control
(suspended then, until yesterday, when the Appeal Court reinstated it).
In this editorial, we didn’t address a certain important group
of dogs that we identified as “collateral victims” of Mayor “Bully Coderre”
infatuation, and we give you: service animals!
As a matter of fact,
Section 21 of the by-law (reproduced in our October 26, 2016, editorial)
it is very clear in the “mind” of the City of Montreal and in
Mayor “Bully Coderre” mind that all service animals in Montreal must wear
either a harness or a head alter unless…the user expresses doubts about
the capacity of the dog to perform its work wearing such a device and that
the animal’s veterinarian confirms such situation!
To that effect, we recently received a letter from the City of Montreal
(and we were also given access to an email from a Access Montreal office,
to that effect.
correspondence was written in French, and the summary is found in the previous
paragraph (but you can still read them if you read French).
At Clanimal we are of the opinion this requirement is profoundly
illogical and scientifically unsubstantiated while being totally
discriminatory towards responsible dog guardians (owners) that do not
have a service animal.
Because let’s be logical, we are talking here about the true nature of the animal, which in both cases, whether it is’ a service dog or not, is the same: it’s a dog!
Therefore, if the veterinarian of a service dog declares the animal
to be unable to perform its “work” (or for some other functions) due to
wearing the harness or the head alter, then, the veterinary of a
“non-service dog”, could as easily state the same thing about that dog
since, as much the service dog that the “non-service dog”, they both
are affected as much as the other, in their dog behaviour!
As an example, wearing the head alter. If worn loosely,
the dog can easily bite.
Too tight, then the dog will not be able to
communicate appeasing signs, thus causing an unexpected reaction towards
As well, in both cases, a certain level of frustration going up to very high will
be felt by the dog, experiencing a restrictive feeling on his nose and
his mouth (similar to a muzzle!)
For us, the work of a service dog is totally separated from its
animal nature (being a dog) and it is important that Mira users of
service dogs understand this.
Clanimal does not discredit the importance of the work performed
with the users nor the gains gotten from the political authorities
or the public.
To the contrary, Clanimal is profoundly behind the use of
service animals and shall always be
(See: To Understand Animal Issues in Quebec), to the point of
even suggesting to start using the health care system to cover
the training, the supply and support of service animals to users.
Thereby improving greatly the number of users capable of working
with service animals!
So we are calling upon all users of service animals,
responsible guardians (owners) of dogs of over 20 kg, dog trainers
and behaviourist (specifically Dr. Martin Godbout and Diane Frank)
to join Clanimal, and keep from being applied this unsupported,
non-pragmatic and unrealistic requirement .
Together, let’s get this piece of legislation,
again not scientifically supported and totally irresponsible, off the books,
since it only represents mayor “Bully Coderre” total lack of respect towards
responsible guardians (owners) of dogs of more than 20 kg in Montreal
(and else where in Quebec
since many cities will “copy and paste” Montreal’s by-law).
Mayor “Bully Coderre” rest assured that Clanimal will make sure that your respect,
at all times, every Montreal dog guardians
and that your clear dislike of dogs (this being so clear from your reactions) stop guiding you
in the treatment of the majority of us, who are responsible guardians and tax payers
who finance this city and your administration!
Clanimal shall always be there to constantly improve humans and animals relations,
in the respect of each other as well as of the environment!
The Guy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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