From next summer, dog-lovers will be able to take their animals with them on the Barcelona metro, after the city council decided to amend the current law to allow them on the underground system.
The objective is to further improve the way that people and animals coexist in Barcelona, and comes following consultation between councillors, the metro operator TMB and animal rights' organisations. In this way, the city will follow in the footsteps of various other European cities, such as Berlin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Geneva in allowing dogs to travel by metro.
Those dogs who do accompany their owners onto the metro will have to be on a non-extendable lead and muzzle. There will be restrictions on the animals going on the metro during the rush hour period and at times when a lot of people are expected to be travelling on the trains. The initiative will initially run for a six-month trial period that will be evaluated by representatives of the council and TMB to decide whether to continue with it. At present, only animals in cages or travel baskets, guide dogs and dogs working with security staff are allowed on the metro.