WATCH: Owner of dog who attacked 2 children in Montreal North apologizes to families
The owner of the dog that attacked 2 young children in an apartment in Montreal North last Sunday says she wishes she could turn back the clock.
Christa Frineau tells CTV Montreal that she gave the dog up reluctantly because she'd recently had a baby and couldn't care for the animal any longer.
She confirms the dog is a one and a half year old pit bull type dog but says while the dog didn't like other dogs, it never showed any sign of being aggressive toward people.
"I was just really shocked, he never attacked any child or any human being in his whole life. I have my own son and my mom babysits kids and he's really good with them. He loves kids," says Frineau.
She says she didn't know the grandmother who offered to take in the dog but believed the woman could offer her pet a better life and was surprised to learn that the woman was only willing to keep the dog temporarily.
"I was really shocked when she had said that she was only keeping him for a day, for a transition and sending him out of province. If I knew that, I would never give up my dog, 'cause I didn't want to give him up to the SPCA, so why would I want him to go to a shelter," she says.
Frineau apologizes to the children who were attacked and to their families and blames herself for giving up the dog.
The dog will be euthanized.
The woman who took the dog in could face criminal charges.
Meantime, Montreal city council has adopted a new animal control bylaw that includes strict measures for dangerous dogs.
The legislation doesn't ban or mention specific breeds such as pit bull type dogs but includes a dangerous dog registry.
It also puts the onus on pet owners to be more responsible.
Permits to own pets can be refused or revoked if the owner is found guilty of violating Quebec's animal welfare law or if found guilty of breaking Montreal's bylaw requiring dogs be kept on a leash in public.
Dogs weighing 20 kilograms or more must wear a harness or a muzzle when being walked but choker chains will be banned as of January 2020.
Fines for violating the bylaw range from $500 to $1,000 for a first offence or $1,000 to $2,000 for repeat offenders.
With files from CTV Montreal