While owning a pit bull will remain legal in the City of Sherbrooke, the city bylaws regarding large dogs will be changing on July 4th in an effort to help keep the population as safe as possible. Once the new rules come into effect, any dog larger than 20kg (44lbs) will have to wear a halter when leaving private property.
“It is a little harness on the snout of the dog that closes the dog’s mouth when pulled,” explained Sherbrooke Mayor Bernard Sévigny. “If it seems like the dog will bite, you just have to pull and the mouth will close automatically.”
According to Sévigny, the new rules were inspired by a similar decision put in place by the city of Ste-Julie following a dog attack that killed a woman in Pointe-aux-Trembles earlier this month. Though the mayor noted that the existing rules regarding dogs are well followed in the city, he said that the majority of council members felt that more needed to be done.
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