When New York City tried to ban animals from subway trains, it didn’t consider how resourceful a citizenry animal loves in the Big Apple can be.
The city ordinance, detailed in the MTA’s Rules of Conduct, prohibits animals from being taken on the subway unless, they are “enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.”
Pictures of to-go doggos have been spreading across Twitter faster than a speeding D Train, and unless the law is revised, they may never stop!
— Rupertthedog (@RupertTheDog_) June 6, 2017
New Yorkers have been quite accepting of the rule, and believe it or not, so have many of the dogs. Some more than others, of course, but enough to notice that subway rides are a little furrier these days.
That’s a dog. In a bag. On the subway. pic.twitter.com/4hfqXuMCml
— Steven Christoforou (@scchristoforou) November 3, 2016
Whether you’re a local or a visitor from out of town, everyone likes snapping pictures of dogs in bags and posting them to Twitter. This is one big city trend we all seem to get behind.
Subway bag dog was my highlight of New York day #1. Sleeping lady was a distant 4th. pic.twitter.com/swFyFs2xIz
— Matt Gibb (@Matt_Gibb) June 28, 2014
In New York you can take your dog in the subway if he’s in a bag. I didn’t expect this. pic.twitter.com/7EPTOz9UC0
— Kara Snape (@Kara_Snape) October 3, 2016
The New York subway system bans canines unless they can fit in a small bag, so this guy trained his dog for this: pic.twitter.com/oaZhv5qLUN
— Mind Blowing (@TheMindBlowing) September 25, 2014
Nope, not disappointing at all. pic.twitter.com/hlhwKPuz4g
— Chris Choi (@thischoi) June 6, 2017
If you live in New York, or your travel plans include a few subway stops in the city that never sleeps, you’ll likely notice these portable pups sooner than later. New Yorkers love their pets, and the state has legislated some of the most sweeping animal protection laws for them in the nation.
Residents of the city are even allowed to be buried alongside their furry friends. Click the button below to read more.
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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