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The New York Senate is expected to vote on a bill any day that would allow owners to take their companion animals on public transportation if a state of emergency is declared. 

This is meant to partner with identical legislation passed in 2014 in New Jersey 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.  Those who reside or participate in events in the New York City area are encouraged to contact the Senate and ask them to support Senate Bill 3850.  Visit www.nysenate.gov and enter your address in the “Find My Senator” box to find the name and contact information for your State Senator.  A full list of Senators may be found here.

Summary:

Senate Bill 3850 would allow owners to take companion animals on Port Authority of New York and New Jersey public transportation during official states of emergency, so 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.  This 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.

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

The New York Senate is expected to vote on a bill any day that would allow owners to take their companion animals on public transportation if a state of emergency is declared. The AKC supports this legislation, which would allow dog owners to ensure the proper protection and care of their pets during emergency situations.

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