Quebec Man Jailed for Unregistered Cat

(R)etired Quebec refrigeration technician Dan Smith is going to jail for failing to register his cat.

Under the law in Smith’s hometown of Gatineau, Quebec, all cat owners must obtain proper documentation for their furry friends. Smith, however, insists the cat in question isn’t his, but rather a feral cat that his estranged-wife would feed.

Nonetheless, Smith has accepted his fate, turning himself in to Gatineau police on Thursday morning…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Because this is what good government looks like.

    • BradThomas

      Heck, who doesn’t love the State poking their sticky little fingers into all aspects of your life?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      If this happened in the States would the ACLU sue the government on the grounds that this cat licensing law unfairly profiles childless post menopausal cat ladies who end up on the show Hoarding: Buried Alive?

    • Clausewitz

      Dear local government, get fucked. I rescued my cat from a box of kittens left on my neighbours porch. He lives freer than I do.

  • Waffle

    I just blew coffee out of my nose!! So many questions. First of all, is Winnie (love the name) a Quebec cat or an Ontario cat? How does this border-hopping cat cross the river? Is this an extortion effort by Quebec? I’m surprised that Kathleen hasn’t found a way to extract funds from her namesakes’ feeder. And last, but not least — can anybody really OWN a cat? Cats do what they want and go where they want. Try to stop a determined feline and never get between a cat and a free meal.

  • simus1

    It would be interesting to see the if ethnicity and racial makeup of the chat anglais perps that constitute this particular Quebec crime database bear any resemblance to the stats for the overall population chat. Or if they are distributed like the holes in a dozen box of donuts. The donuts, of course, being pure laine flavour.

  • Maggat

    Monty Python, without a doubt the finest TV show to ever have been aired. Pity, today it would be censored out of existence.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Can you imagine Fawlty Towers being greenlit today?

      • Xavier

        Or Life Of Brian?

        • Clausewitz

          How about Blazing Saddles?

  • politicallynaive


  • Justin St.Denis

    Quebec has a special gift for pissing people off.

    • Millie_Woods

      I never noticed.

    • Alain

      I agree but say it is the Quebec government no matter which party, although some have more of this special gift than others.

  • Millie_Woods

    So they finally got him. Good show! Law enforcement and the guards at the special handling unit deserve all Canadians respect for keeping this sicko from ever feeding cats again. And just when I was beginning to despair there was no more good news. I think I’ll go to my safe space now and pour myself a liquor.

    • Yes, I think we all feel a bit safer this evening.

  • ed

    all cats in the uk are classed as wild animals ,their owners cannot be sued if they trespass .the Scottish wildcat is a protected species ,[ed uk]

  • Brenda


  • tom_billesley

    In Britain, for many years the cost of a dog licence was the same as the cost of a marriage licence, seven shillings and six pence.

    • Seriously? So if I moved back to England I’d have to get a license for my tiger?

      And I thought the weather was enough of a turn off, oy. Forget it.

      • Xavier

        and a 6 month quarantine for immigrants.

        • Exile1981

          can we do the same for 2 legged ones?

  • Canadian

    Ah…the good old Qc bashers. Always quick on the draw, not so good at aiming their shots.
    In just one minute, I found out that Stratford, On, Calgary, Mississauga, London, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Sudbury all have ordinances or bylaws requiring the licensing or registering of cats.
    It is nowhere a provincial thing.
    Of course, this would never be mentioned here….

    • Frances

      Ah, yes, but have any of the other cities issued arrest warrants because of a non-licensed cat?

      • Canadian

        I believe that a few days in jail is not uncommon for refusing to pay a fine.

    • Clausewitz

      My cat’s never had a licence here in Mississauga. But I generally ignore our Municipal idiots, especially since Bonnie the Bone Headed has taken over. But then I’ve never been persecuted by for my ideals.

      • Canadian

        I agree, but the bylaw is there just the same.
        All it takes is for some cry-baby to complain.
        We dn`t have cat licensing here.
        It`s left to city to write their bylaws.
        Gatineau is the first I`ve heard of in Qc that does this.
        There are probably a lot more, but people don`t care, and the city won`t move unless they get complaints.

  • DVult

    So he is going to jail for not registering his estranged wife’s stray pussy?

    • Canadian

      That`s why he dumped her.