Mayor Denis Coderre says the animal euthanasia rate in Montreal is 50 percent, in Calgary it’s 7 percent.
“It’s a disaster, if we have to kill one cat or one dog, out of two. It’s a red flag and we’re sending a message that maybe we’re not responsible enough for our animals.”
The city has used Calgary as a model and last summer it announced the opening of a city owned shelter.
Thursday Coderre unveiled its new location. The animal service centre will open by 2018 on Pie-IX, between 42nd and 47th Sts., in an industrial area of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension.
He says the 23 million dollar facility will service 14 000 animals, each of them will be vaccinated, sterilized and microchipped.
Coderre is looking at other ways to help with animal responsibility, such as mandatory licensing and microchipping for all animals.
“In several cities of North America this is the kind of best practices that they’ve been applying, so why not us? It’s a question of respecting life and having a better control.”
Coderre says a non-profit will run the facility, he hasn’t named which one yet, but used the SPCA and Berger Blanc as examples.
Projet Montreal says with the Berger Blanc’s controversial past the city will have to be vigilant when it makes a decision.
“We need to make sure that they are completely ethical in terms of their practices because of what happened in the past. We need to be careful,” Anne-Marie Sigouin, city councillor with Projet Montreal said.
The shelter was originally set to open in the Angrignon farm of Angrignon Park but the city said Pie-IX would be a better location for the animal service centre.
It said the farm, which closed in the park in 2008, will now be reopening by 2019.