The rules are very clear when it comes to carrying animals on the NYC subway: “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container.” But the rules don’t say anything about the size of the animal, and as you can see from pictures below, some people got really creative in order to avoid paying a fine.
Service animals and dogs working for law enforcement are exempt from the rules, but emotional support animals are not.
While it’s impossible to track dog ridership, Detective Kellyann Ort, a police spokeswoman, said, “Any summonses that may be issued for animals present in the transit system are issued infrequently.”
Only 85 were issued in 2017, a tiny percentage of the 70,000 total summonses issued across the transit system last year.
Taxi Drivers cannot turn away any person with a disability, or any accompanying guide dog.
If it’s not a service animal, though, the driver may deny you if your pet “is not properly secured in a suitable container,” according to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission.
Perhaps Hong Kong government should emulate the rules so that we can carry our pets around in IKEA BAGS. At present, except for guide dogs, pets are not allowed on the city’s public buses and the MTR, as well as most public parks.