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Coun. Sean Chu raises concerns over pit bull-type dogs shipped in from U.S.

The City of Calgary continues to look at the effects of a Montreal "pit bull" ban

Coun. Sean Chu went doggone at the city council meeting Monday, wanting to know what the city's doing about pooch imports.

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Coun. Sean Chu went doggone at the city council meeting Monday, wanting to know what the city's doing about pooch imports.

Coun. Sean Chu is wondering what the city can do about American dog rescue organizations shipping adoptable dogs to Calgary. He believes there are enough dogs up for adoption in the city, and wondered about the status of dogs like "pit bulls." 

"We have no idea what kind of personality they have," said Chu. "They could be vicious, they could not be vicious."

He added that importing dogs from the U.S. "personally isn't right."

There are several local rescue groups that look for pets in need abroad. Pawsitive match rescue foundation, for example, will bring in pets from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. to find them loving homes.

Calgary is especially seen as a safe-haven for pit bull-type dogs because of the city's progressive rules for the breed. What administration is keeping close track of right now, are the court rulings in Montreal where a "pit bull" ban almost took hold.

Kurt Hanson, general manager of Community Services said Calgary's Community Standards department are talking with the humane society to keep an eye on how a Montreal "pit bull" ban, as well as shipping dogs from other jurisdictions could affect the city.

Hanson said although he doesn't have exact figures, he's looking to provide Chu with an update on their work when it's available.

In response, Chu clarified that he's not for a "pit bull" ban, but highlighted that the dog's temperament falls on the shoulders of the owners.

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