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The NYC "Dogs in Bags" Policy

If you've been on social media lately or live in New York City, you've probably heard of the "dogs in bags" policy set that recently went into effect on NYC subways. If you haven't heard about it yet, here's what the policy is about.. and how some dog owners have found a loophole.

The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in New York recently revised their policy on traveling with pups. Over the last year, there has been some talk over whether or not dogs should be allowed on subway systems in New York. To address this, MTA has banned dogs on the subway - unless they can fit inside a bag.

This is the extent of the policy. It's simple and a bit confusing. But most people are reading between the lines. The "dogs in bags" policy is a way for MTA to say "We only want small dogs on our subway." However, dog owners are finding a hilarious way around this.

Most dog owners agree that if small dogs should be allowed on subways, then so should big dogs. That's why dog owners are starting to put their big dogs into big bags. Tec

Just google "MTA dogs in bags" and you will find a whole slew of photos of every dog from a Shih Tzu to a pit bull tucked away into an owner's bag. The official rule of the MTA is: "“No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.”

Technically, by carrying their dogs in a bag, these owners are following MTA's policy. There's been no word yet from MTA on what they think about it - but technically, these owners, no matter how big the dog, are following the policy as long as that dog is in a bag!

So what do you think about MTA's new policy? No matter what you think, we can all agree that Labradors look pretty cute in a giant Ikea bag...


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