MUNCIE, Ind. — Muncie’s animal shelter is hoping to rescue some pit bulls from Montreal that are in danger of being euthanized because of a new law there.

The (Muncie) Star Press ( ) reports the shelter is asking for donations and volunteers to go to the Canadian city to rescue the dogs from shelters there after Montreal’s city council voted to ban new pit bulls and require people who already own the dogs to undergo criminal background checks and buy $150 permits. Animal rescue groups in Canada are taking similar steps.

The shelter’s director, Phil Peckinpaugh says pit bulls have been unfairly portrayed as vicious animals and it’s wrong to target a specific breed of dog.

Peckinpaugh says the effort will be funded by donations and won’t cost taxpayers any money.

Information from: The Star Press,