If you happen to live in New York and often times have to take the subway, you might have already encountered the following image: an owner with his (clearly) big dog stashed into an oversized tote bag. Why, you may wonder, are these big dogs placed in the seemingly uncomfortable bags and carried around as if they were small Chihuahuas? Well, there is a law in NYC that prohibits pet owners to have their dogs in the subway, with the only exception being that they are enclosed in a container or bag.
This new rule, however, does not specify the animal’s height, weight, or breed, as it only says “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container.” Pet owners have used the lack of specification as a loophole and have now started transporting their dogs, despite of their obvious size, by placing them in oversized bags and carrying them while they are on the subway. The clever pet owners get to transport their pets without necessarily breaking the law, as the pets are technically enclosed in their personal items.
Check out some of the funniest photographic evidence of pet owners carrying their dogs in order to be able to ride the subway without any legal consequences: