Anne Publicover, a Dalhousie University student, appears to have been arrested for possession of a rodent with intent to pet. Publicover was merely standing before a ban in Halifax when an officer approached her to ask why she was wearing a hoddie and scarf — and carrying a rabbit and a rat. While she explained that it was winter and these were her pets, the officer still arrested her and sent her involuntarily for observation. To make matters worse, Publicover was charged for the transport.
Despite her explanation the officer persisted and asked her whether she was “in psychosis.” He then called for an ambulance, asking ” Well, do you really think it’s normal to be (walking) around with a rabbit in your book bag and a rat in your sweater?”She ended up in custody as did her baby rat, Vincent, and Mr. Bunny Rabbit.
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