The husband and wife received fines [Photo: Getty]

A couple in Canada has been fined after police caught the wife walking her husband like a dog after curfew. The woman, 24, was reportedly stopped while 'walking' her 40-year-old spouse on a leash in Quebec. The province has imposed a nightly curfew in a bid to curb coronavirus infection rates.

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People are only allowed out close to their homes for limited reasons between 8pm and 5am - such as exercising their pooch. The woman told officers that she was just out "walking her dog" near the couples' home in the city of Sherbrooke, reports the BBC.

They were stopped at 9pm Saturday, about an hour after a new curfew kicked, local reports said. During Quebec's strict curfew, people are only allowed out of their homes for limited reasons, such as seeking medical help or walking their dog within 1km of their home.

The woman, 24, and her partner 40, tried to argue that they were not in breach of curfew rules, according to the Toronto Sun. “One of them had the other on a leash, and she said she was taking her dog, pointing to her partner, out on a walk, as allowed under the exceptions provided by Quebec’s premier under its curfew law,” a Sherbrooke police department spokeswoman said.

The force said the pair's ‘dog walking’ excuse failed to justify their trip outside. The husband and wife received fines totalling around Sh135,000 (£900) each. Ontario has also imposed a curfew as its authorities declared a state of emergency. They introduced a stay-at-home order in effect between 8pm and 7am.

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People can only leave their homes for limited essential activities, such as accessing health care, shopping for groceries, exercising or doing essential work. According to national broadcaster CBC News, Canada had recorded 17,266 Covid-19 deaths by Tuesday.