The short answer is no, pitbulls are not currently banned in New Brunswick.
However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t restrictions on owning a pitbull in the province.
In fact, there are a number of cities in New Brunswick that have breed-specific legislation (BSL) in place that prohibits or restricts ownership of pitbulls.
BSL is a controversial topic, with proponents arguing that it helps to keep dangerous dogs off the streets and opponents claiming that it’s ineffective and unfairly targets certain breeds. So, what’s the situation in New Brunswick?
Let’s take a closer look.
Breed-Specific Legislation in New Brunswick
As mentioned above, there are a number of cities in New Brunswick that have BSL in place.
The most notable example is the city of Moncton, which passed a bylaw in 2005 prohibiting the ownership of pitbulls within city limits.
The bylaw was enacted after a number of high-profile dog attacks made headlines in the city.
In one incident, a 10-year-old boy was mauled by a pack of dogs while playing in his own backyard. The boy required over 100 stitches as a result of the attack.
Opponents of BSL argue that it’s an ineffective way to deal with problem dogs, as it does not target irresponsible owners regardless of what breed of dog they own.
They also point out that many dogs that are classified as “pitbulls” are actually mixed breeds, making it difficult to enforce BSL without unfairly targeting certain dogs.
So, Are Pitbulls Banned in New Brunswick?
Pitbulls are not currently banned in New Brunswick but there are some restrictions on owning them in certain cities.
BSL is a controversial topic, with proponents arguing that it helps to keep dangerous dogs off the streets. Unfortunately, opponents of BSL continue to claim that it’s ineffective and unfairly targets certain dog breeds.
Ultimately, whether or not to enact BSL is up to each individual municipality.