Death of Christiane Vadnais: no accusation against the owner of the dog

christiane-vadnaisFranklin Junior Frontal, the owner of the pitbull who killed Christiane Vadnais in the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough on June 8, confirms the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions ( DPCP).

The victim’s family wanted criminal negligence charges against Franklin Junior Frontal.

The man with the heavy legal history had left his dog Lucifer alone in the courtyard of the residence of his parents, last June.

The beast, who had escaped, killed Christiane Vadnais in the back yard of her residence, located at the corner of Edgar-Prairie and Louis-Lefebvre streets.

The bloodied body of Mrs. Vadnais was discovered by a neighbor, who then alerted the authorities.

The animal, which continued to prowl on the ground, had to be shot down by the police so that the ambulance drivers could approach the woman, whose death was quickly noticed.

The body of the fifty-year-old was mutilated and bore traces of bites to one leg and upper body.

A debate on “dangerous” dogs

The death of Christiane Vadnais has revived the debate on the attacks of dogs called “dangerous” like pitbulls or rottweilers.

In the wake of the attack, the City of Montreal introduced a new animal control regulation that includes provisions to more closely control the presence of “dangerous” dogs on its territory.

Under the new regulations, all new pit bulls are banned in Montreal. The current owners are subject to more stringent rules.

The adoption of this new measure has given rise to intense exchanges between different animal rights groups, anti-pit bull groups and experts, with particular emphasis on the difficulties in determining with certainty the degree of Dangerousness of different breeds of dogs.

The by-law of the City of Montréal is currently being challenged in court and has been suspended for the duration of the court proceedings.

Questions about Lucifer

For several months, doubts hung over the breed of the dog responsible for the attack that killed Mrs. Vadnais.

Apparently, Lucifer seemed to belong to the family of pitbulls, dogs considered to be particularly aggressive. The family of Christiane Vadnais told La Presse last June that the dog had been identified by the authorities as being a pitbull.

This claim was denied by the Montreal Police Department.

According to the experts, it is difficult to determine with the naked eye the breed to which a dog belongs. Around the world, a dozen other breeds of dogs share traits similar to those of pit bulls. And according to the license obtained by Franklin Junior Frontal, the animal had been registered as a “boxer” rather than a pitbull.

The fatal attack on Christiane Vadnais was the most publicized in a series of incidents involving “big” dogs during the summer season. It ultimately led to a series of measures adopted by other cities in the province.

The Quebec government was also questioned by Lise Vadnais, the sister of the victim. It calls for a complete ban on pit bulls across the province. The family of the victim claims to await a law in this sense in order to turn the page.

The government is working on a bill supposedly framing possession of potentially dangerous dogs. The file was entrusted to Martin Coiteux, Minister of Public Safety, who said that the work “was progressing quickly”, without providing a timetable.

The Minister Coiteux does not rule out the possibility of following Lise Vadnais’ request despite the advice of a working group that recommends that it not aim at race in particular.

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