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NYS Passes Bill Allowing Pets On Public Transportation During Evacuations

October 02, 2018 - 7:07 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The next time evacuations are ordered, you will be able to take your pets with you on public transportation.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reported, there was a problem when Superstorm Sandy came through.

“People would not evacuate if they had to leave their pets at home,” said New York state Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).

That, Rosenthal said, puts those people at risk, along with the first responders who might need to rescue them later.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has now signed her bill to help in those situations.

“It became clear that we needed to allow them to bring their pets with them on subways and shelters; on transportation,” Rosenthal said.

The latest bill allows pets on PATH trains. Rosenthal said the legislation was already passed a few years back, letting pets on Metropolitan Transportation Authority trains and buses.

They need to be on a leash or in a crate and “if a person would lose a seat because the animal would be there, then the animal and their owner has to wait.”

The legislation only applies after a state of emergency has been declared.