Canada is one of the most animal-friendly countries in the world. Amid the pandemic, local authorities allow dogs more than people outside homes as a contingency against the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Quebec, one of the provinces of Canada, imposed a curfew in the next four weeks to minimize the number of people going outside in light of a new threat from a Covid-19 variant. But the premier, Francois Legault, allowed residents to walk their dogs beyond curfew hours.
There is one dog species that cannot be walked during curfew though. The exception happened after a resident of Sherbrooke stepped out with an unusual breed of dog last weekend.
Quebec police strictly enforce the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, and they believe it applies to the lady dog walker they encountered on Saturday.
Across the province, 740 tickets have been issued for curfew violations so far, according to official data. Enforcement is so strict that a drunk motorist was stopped and fined for defying the curfew.
Sherbrooke police spokeswoman Isabelle Gendron said the motorist was fined for his flimsy reason.
He “just wanted to see what it was like to be outside during the curfew,” Gendron said.
As to the woman walking her dog, she was fined 1,500 Canadian dollars for the stunt. Even then, she remained defiant and vowed to continue doing it at night during the month-long lockdown.
Sherbrooke police were not intimidated though. They are ready to fine her again if they see her husband at the end of the leash instead of a dog outside during curfew.
The husband is not to blame for failing to convince the police that he’s a dog. It’s really hard to teach old dads new tricks.