The SPCA has launched an online petition calling on the city of Montreal to allow large dogs to ride on the metro.
“Guardians of large dogs are not allowed to take the Metro and, therefore, that restricts their access to large parks, green spaces, and it also restricts access to veterinary care," said Sophie Gaillard, the SPCA's legal services director.
As stated on the website, Calgary and Toronto are among the many large cities to welcome dogs on leash in public transportation, and many believe Montreal should do the same.
“On a daily basis, we hear from people who would like to benefit from our community programs, like our low-cost spay-neuter clinic, but they simply can't," she said, "because they can't bring the dog on the metro and get to the SPCA.”
In 2019, a Montreal woman (Ana Luisa Vilches Saldivar) launched a similar petition calling on the STM to let dogs ride without being in a crate or carrier.
Saldivar asked they change the rules so Montrealers who don't own cars can get out and about in the city with their dog.
"I would like to go into the Metro with my dog. It's just that simple," she told CBC Montreal's Daybreak.
"My dog is 28 kilos. It's not possible to bring her in a cage. Especially because we don't have elevators in all the Metro stations."
What do you think; should all dogs be allowed on the metro?