New York to Consider Allowing Pets on Public Transit During Emergencies

Today a New York Senate Committee is considering a bill on that would allow owners to take their companion animals on public transportation if a state of emergency is declared.

New Jersey has already passed identical legislation, to assist those utilizing public transportation through the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The AKC supports this legislation, which would allow dog owners to ensure the proper protection and care of their pets during emergency situations.

Senate Bill 3850 would allow owners to take companion animals on public transportation during official states of emergency, as long as the animal is under the owner’s control (tether, leash, "appropriate container," or "other suitable means"), and the boarding is consistent with local emergency plans. It only applies to owners who are evacuating the region affected by the emergency.

The bill does allow for a domestic animal to be refused if there is a health or safety hazard. Passengers with service animals will be provided priority seating, and passengers must be given seating before a companion animal is given a seat.

What You Can Do

Contact your state senator and ask them to support Senate Bill 3850. 

Contact the NY Senate Committee on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions before their hearing at 1:30 pm on Monday, May 11, and ask them to support Senate Bill 3850. If you are a constituent, be sure to mention that when contacting them.

  • Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer, Chair (Dist. 61- Williamsville)
    Phone (Albany): (518) 455-3161
    Phone (Williamsville): (716) 631-8695 / (585) 454-0322
    E-mail: ranz@senate.state.ny.us
  • Sen. John Flanagan (Dist. 2 – Smithtown)
    Phone (Albany): 518-455-2071
    Phone (Smithfield): 631-361-2154
    E-mail: Flanagan@nysenate.gov
  • Sen. William Larkin, Jr. (Dist. 39 – New Windsor)
    Phone (Albany): (518) 455-2770
    Phone (New Windsor): (845) 567-1270
    E-mail: larkin@senate.state.ny.us
  • Sen. Jack Martins (Dist. 7 – Mineola)
    Phone (Albany): 518-455-3265
    Phone (Mineola): 516-746-5924
    E-mail: martins@nysenate.gov
  • Sen. Robert Ortt (Dist. 62 – Lockport)
    Phone (Albany): (518) 455-2024
    Phone (Lockport): 716-434-0680
    E-mail: Ortt@nysenate.gov
  • Sen. Bill Perkins (Dist. 30- Harlem)
    Phone (Albany): 518-455-2441
    Phone (New York City): 212-222-7315
    E-mail: perkins@senate.state.ny.us
  • Sen. Daniel Squadron (Dist. 26- Brooklyn)
    Phone (Albany): 518-455-2625
    Phone (New York City): 212-298-5565
    E-mail: squadron@nysenate.gov

The AKC will continue to monitor this legislation and provide additional updates. For questions or more information, contact AKC Government Relations at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org.