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MONTREAL – The Montreal SPCA has launched an online petition asking the city to allow large dogs on the subway.
“Guardians of large dogs are not allowed to ride the metro, which limits their access to large parks, green spaces and access to veterinary care,” said Sophie Gaillard, head of the legal department of the SPCA.
With large dogs already allowed in transit systems across Canada and the world, Gaillard said the STM’s policy affects low-income dog owners the hardest.
“Every day we hear from people who want to benefit from our community programs like our inexpensive neuter clinic, but they just can’t,” she said, “because they can’t bring the dog on the subway and go to the SPCA.”
Even if the city does not agree to a complete lifting of the ban, according to the petition it could offer at least part of the amount for dogs. For example, dogs might only be allowed in designated cars or only at certain times of the day.
“Safety and health issues (allergies or phobias) justify this decision, which was made in coordination with the other transport companies in the region,” the STM wrote in a statement to CTV, adding that it was open to creating a pilot project all around the proposal of SPCA.