Police ticket dog owner racing to veterinary hospital

Police ticket dog owner racing to veterinary hospital

By Robert Frank


Laval Police intercepted a car driving 107 km/h on the Highway 440 service road, Sept. 17, where the speed limit is 70 km/h.

“When the officer stopped the vehicle, he saw the woman in the passenger seat trying to resuscitate a chihuahua,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban. “He took note of the driver’s permit and then escorted the couple to the Laval veterinary hospital.”

The officer then gave a couple a $258 speeding ticket.

“It’s a question of where you draw the line,” Const. di Genova explained.

The chihuahua did not survive.

Const. di Genova noted that the k911transport.com animal ambulance service is available 24-hours-a-day to pet owners in Laval, Montreal and the surrounding region.

Police dogs exempted

However, K911 co-owner Rodney McLean told The Suburban that Transport Quebec won’t let him exceed the speed limit, either.

“We have been trying to get them to allow us to go a little faster with the emergency lights on when we need to get to a veterinary hospital in a life-threatening emergency,” he said in an interview. “We’ve even been pulled over for using a bus lane. There’s one exception: If we’re transporting a police officer’s dog, we have carte blanche to travel as fast as we can to save its life.”

“We met Transport Minister Robert Poëti and he basically said that animals are like goods: they don’t have any more value than what you pay for them,” McLean said. “Animals also serve as seeing eye dogs and help people with autism, for example. They play an important role in our lives and their value needs to be recognized by our society.”

He added that K911, which has transported thousands of animals since it was founded, seven years ago, has contracts with all Laval and Montreal veterinary hospitals and is currently in talks with the city of Laval.

“We already remove hurt or deceased wildlife for some municipalities and would like to do so for Laval,” McLean said. “It’s a big territory where deer at the side of the road pose a potential hazard to drivers.”
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“We have to follow strict Quebec Order of Veterinarians’ guidelines to the letter,” said K911 animal ambulance owner Rodney McLean.
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