Montreal wants to allow dogs in the metro by the end of the year

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) will have to arrange to allow dogs in part of its public transport network via a pilot project which must be set up by the end of the year, decreed the City of Montreal on Tuesday.

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Montreal City Council officially asked the STM to look into this issue by adopting a motion to that effect in the afternoon.

“Almost 25% of Montreal households have a dog or a cat. Made where we are today, I think it is counterproductive to use his car to move his animal to the veterinary clinic or a park,” illustrated Aref Salem, leader of the official opposition.

At the beginning of the month, he went out to demand that the City adopt this measure. After negotiations with the Plante administration, a pilot project will serve as a trial balloon before the measure can be implemented in a sustainable manner.

“There will be very specific markers. The goal is to live this experience of cohabitation in order to draw conclusions and lessons to organize the future,” explained Éric Alan Caldwell, municipal councilor and chairman of the board of directors of the STM.

The initiative will be submitted to the STM’s board of directors in May.

Other cities, including Toronto and Calgary, already allow you to bring your dog on public transport. In Montreal, current regulations stipulate that all animals must be in a cage or closed container, with the exception of guide dogs. Offenders face fines ranging from $75 to $500.

“In Toronto, there have been no cases of bites and the satisfaction rate of people who take public transport has not decreased. In Madrid, some coaches were reserved for dogs on a leash. There are several ways in which the STM will be able to carry out this wonderful project,” illustrated Effie Giannou, of Ensemble Montréal.

In 2021, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) also launched a petition to demand that animals be allowed on public transport.

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