Local people reacting to Montreal pit bull ban

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A new law in Montreal that put a ban on pit bull-type dogs has people in the Capital Region concerned.

Members of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society say pit bull type dogs like Marisol here you can see she’s very sweet. They say they’re just like any other dog.

Big-square shaped heads, that’s what most pit-bull type dogs have in common. What they don’t have in common, is a mean disposition.

“The more you get to know pit bulls, the more you can see that there are just some great dogs,” Brad Shear, executive director of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, said.

Shear at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society says he’s upset and angry at the law passed in Montreal.

“It’s terribly disappointing because it’s the wrong approach to keeping people safe.”

He says the law bans dogs based on their looks, not on how they act.

“You really don’t need this and you can work to prohibit the dogs whose behavior is dangerous and not whose appearance looks like a dog that was dangerous.”

Shear says if someone wants a dog to cause harm, they’ll get one.

“If somebody wants a dog that’s aggressive. If somebody wants to treat a dog poorly, and they want a dog to protect them they’re going to get another breed.”

Luann Antrim is a volunteer at the humane society. NEWS10 ABC’s Ayla Ferrone caught up with her while she was taking Missy on a walk.

“The pit bulls are just dogs like any other dogs. Dogs are individuals so every dog has its own personality,” Antrim said.

If you’re concerned about a law like the one in Montreal coming here don’t worry.

“In New York State State law prohibits any localities from passing laws banning any specific breed of dog,” Shear said.

Many people who have adopted pit bulls from the humane society are happy with the new furry part of their families.

“We hear from hundreds of families of how happy they are to have them.”

Marisol here is actually headed to the STARS program at the Albany County Jail.

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