Dog owner prepared to move over Montreal pit bull ban

Quebec's annual moving day is just around the corner and that has many pit bull owners worried.

Lina Gianelli says inspector came to her house after complaint about her pit bull

Lina Giannelli says her dog Olive comes with her everywhere she goes. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

Quebec's annual moving day is just around the corner and that has many pit bull owners worried.

In the past few weeks, several cities and municipalities in Quebec have announced a ban on the breed, including the City of Montreal.

Lina Giannelli moved in with her mother in Saint-Leonard after finding herself between moving and jobs. She said an inspector recently came to her home after someone filed a complaint about Olive, her pit bull.

As Montreal moves toward a city-wide ban, the borough of Saint-Leonard already has one against pit bulls in place.

"I feel like I've been targeted," Giannelli said. "I haven't done anything wrong."

She said she will move if she has to, so long as she and Olive can stay together.

More inspectors

The city has already hired more inspectors, who are increasing patrols of Montreal this summer to make sure dog owners are respecting current municipal regulations.

It has been stressful for dog owners, according to the Montreal SPCA.

Spokesperson Anita Kapuscinka said the SPCA has been inundated with calls by owners wanting to know just what regulations are in place and where.

"They are worried that their well-behaved dog will have to be muzzled for example," she said. "Or they are worried about the harassment they are getting on the streets."

Lina Giannelli says she isn't parting ways with her pit bull. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)

The organization is already preparing to fight and make sure a Montreal pit bull ban doesn't come into effect.

"Banning an entire breed or type of dog based solely on their appearance does nothing to keep society safe," Kapuscinka said.

Giannelli feels that Montreal shouldn't focus on prohibiting pit bulls, but instead concentrate on the owners.

"Animals tend to reflect on the person that is holding the end of the leash," Giannelli said.

With files from Sarah Leavitt