Montreal: the official opposition wants the City to allow dogs in the metro

The official opposition in Montreal wants the city to adopt a by-law to allow dogs on a leash throughout the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) network.

The party will table a motion to this effect at the next meeting of the municipal council.

“One in four households in Montreal has a dog or cat. It would be counterproductive if, when we need to go to the park with our dog or to the vet, to have to take a car and spend greenhouse gases,” explained Aref Salem, leader of Ensemble Montreal.

He says that in the past two years, with the pandemic, there have been nearly 200,000 pet adoptions.

Other cities, including Toronto and Calgary, already allow it.

Currently, in Montreal, an animal must be in a cage to be admitted to the STM network. However, according to the opposition, some dogs are too heavy to be moved in this way.

The party would give the STM six months to allow it to think about the modalities for the measure to be put in place in an “intelligent” way.

In 2021, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) also launched a petition to this effect.

On the side of the Plante administration, it is indicated that a pilot project is already under study and should progress in the authorities of the STM in the coming weeks.

“We know that this is desired by many people, but that others are also concerned. For us, what is important is to make the population well aware of the terms of the pilot project, and that is what will be done, ”said the office of the mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante.

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