New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority was trying to restrict access for four-footed passengers except for certified service animals. And the rules are in black and white when it comes to bringing your animals with you on the NYC subway: “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container.1”
But the rules really don’t say anything about how big the animal can or cannot be, and exactly what enclosed in a container means. As you can see from these pictures and the BBC video montage below, some people got pretty creative in order to avoid getting ticketed and having to pay a fine.
New York City has long been known as a gathering place for creative people. These photos show the hilarious result when creativity—combined with love of dogs—meets vaguely worded regulations.2
A New York Times reporter explored whether riders using this new adaptation of a “doggie bag” to transport their mutts could face fines. Speaking with a police spokeswoman the response was, “Any summonses that may be issued for animals present in the transit system are issued infrequently.” Among the 70,000 total summonses issued by police across the MTA in the previous year, only 85 were associated with animals on the transit system.3
So often regulations create unintended consequences. In this case, it looks like MTA’s regs are generating lots of smiles from fellow passengers!
1Rules of Conduct & Fines. Section 1050.9. Restricted areas and activities. Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
3Levine AS. New York Today: Can I Bring My Pet on Public Transit? 28 February 2018. New York Times.
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