On the day a new controversial pit bull ban was to come into effect in Montreal, a judge temporarily suspended it.
According to the Associated Press, on Monday Quebec Superior Court Judge Louis Gouin suspended parts of the animal control law until Wednesday evening while he evaluates a request from the Montreal SPCA, who took the city to court over the ban which placed restrictions on pit bull ownership.
The bylaw required pit bull owners to register dogs living in Montreal by Monday. The AP said that due to the suspension, pit bulls can still be adopted and muzzling is not mandatory as the law requires.
There was a public outcry over the ban of pit bulls and similar breeds because it could result in the deaths of beloved pets and shelter dogs.
“This new misguided breed discriminatory law will absolutely give the government the authority, and actually the responsibility, of rounding up loving family pets and killing them using tax payer dollars,” Lee Greenwood, Esq., legislative attorney for Best Friends Animal Society, an American animal welfare organization, told PEOPLE.
The Montreal SPCA saw the suspension as “first small victory in court,” said a message on the Montreal SPCA’s Facebook page.
“This fight is far from being over, but we remain very grateful for the generous support we have received, both locally and internationally. We will continue fighting for #saferkindercommunities,” the Facebook post said.