Montreal apparently has “dog inspectors” roaming the streets, ready to fine you if you take your dog to a different neighbourhood than the one it's registered to.
According to CTV, Zoe Mintz said the family’s dog walker took their poodle Ringo out for a walk last week and made sure he was wearing his “registration tag” because Montreal has stepped up a crackdown on unlicensed pets.
However, when on a walk, a City of Montreal dog inspector stopped them and asked to see their tag.
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As it turned out, they had left the boundaries of Westmount and entered the City of Montreal. So, the family of the dog was issued a fine.
“It’s $149. I mean, that's three times the amount for a parking violation. And he was just walking on the wrong side of the street,” Mintz told CTV.
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While the family lives close to the border between Westmount and Montreal, they chose to register in Westmount so Ringo could use the off-leash parks there. “The benefits of having a Westmount dog is having access to the wonderful parks they maintain and wooded areas where the dogs can go off leash in certain areas,” Mintz said.
The city has stepped up its crackdown on dogs after a 55-year old woman was killed by a dog in her backyard in June.
Inspectors, paid for with your tax dollars, ensure that all dogs have registration tags and monitor the streets for infractions. Fines can be up to $250.
The family plans to contest the fine and say their dog was properly registered.
“Except for pit bulls and dangerous dogs, all dogs can come in the territory… but they have to have the licence of their city and it has to be legally okay, with the date and everything. If not they are not … allowed to come here,” Montreal city councillor Anie Samson said in regards to the incident.