Montreal held their first annual dog fest along the Lachine Canal last Sunday afternoon. Dog lovers came together for a fun-filled day of trick demonstrations, agility courses, and best of all doggy kisses!
The dog fest took a strong stance against the city’s pit bull ban by having a kissing booth where pit bulls handed out big, slobbery kisses. It was a light, heart-felt way to protest the ban to show how gentle these pups really are.
The event organizers explained their stance on Facebook: “Dog Fest Montreal does not support breed-specific bans or any other measure which would lead to an increase in the euthanizing of innocent animals and family pets.”
A portion of the money raised at the dog fest went toward Gerdy’s Rescues and Adoptions, a Montreal-based animal rescue group devoted to finding homes for abandoned and homeless cats and dogs.
The city’s pit bull ban – which makes it illegal to own all “pit bull-type” dogs – was scheduled to begin earlier this month, but has been put on hold after a court challenge by the Montreal SPCA. SPCA argues that the ban discriminates the bred and will lead to many innocent pit bull deaths. Montreal’s mayor, Dennis Coderre, has defended his stance and believes it’s a “balanced” approach and is the best way to handle the situation to keep people safe.
The ban will be suspended until the Quebec Superior Court announces their decision, which could take months.
This fest was not the first time an event has had a pit bull kissing booth. Watch the one held at the Peace Love and Pit Bulls Petapalooza this past April:
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