If you live in New York and have a pet, you have likely experienced challenges at some point in regards to the transportation of your pet. Since most of us don't have cars, you're subject to the whims of the other travel options that are available. Have to bring your pet to the vet? You need to find an animal friendly car service. Dog sitter cancel at the last minute? You probably need to bring your pooch on the train to get to work. In spite of all this, there's also a strong likelihood that you don't know the actual rules and have been sneaking by in the hopes that no one would catch you.
Whatever your knowledge of animal transport (or lack thereof), the MTA recently decided they wanted to make things crystal clear, so they passed an edict that laid it all out for people. The long and short of it says:
- Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (2) of this subdivision, no person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.
But if you want the full list of rules and regulations, check it out here.
Now, never ones to pass up the opportunity to get creative, New Yorkers are choosing to interpret the new rules as they choose. The law specifies that as long as the pooch can fit into a 'container', it's acceptable to bring them on the train. Check out this hysterical article for pictures of poodles in packages, bichons in backpacks, rovers in rucksacks, and more. And thanks Dr. S. for modeling your version of 'Bernie in a bag.'
Enjoy and you're welcome.
Til' next time,