Just days ago, New York Daily News leaked a story that the Transit Authority had drafted proposed changes to its strict pet policy. Currently, pets are only permitted on public transportation if they are either in carriers or service animals. The proposed changes would have allowed New Yorkers to board subway trains and buses with their leashed and muzzled dogs and cats if an emergency evacuation of the city is ordered.
The draft came at the request of the city Office of Emergency Management, “which is concerned that without the ability to transport these animals, people may ignore evacuation orders,” as seen in the example of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Unfortunately, Mayor Bloomberg shot down this potentially life-saving proposal early this morning. The New York Sun reports, “Mr. Bloomberg declared there would be no pets—with the exception of small dogs and cats—on subways and buses if city residents need to make an emergency evacuation.”
Thanks again to DawnWatch for the story tip!