For most cities the biggest dog controversy is over leash laws. Naturally in New York City things are always bigger -- and often very creative. When a law was passed banning dogs that could not be put in a carrier it wasn't a problem for dog owners. No indeed. It was a challenge. Since the law didn't limit the actual size of the dog their dogs started showing up on the subway in a number of different ways.
Most of us have gotten used to seeing people carrying tiny dogs around in bags They are adorable little things. In The Big Apple these days they may still be adorable they are hardly little things.
The law is clear -- “No person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container.” Not a problem if it is take your gerbil to work day, but not exactly practical for the owners of larger dog breeds. Or is it?
Many dog owners aren't giving up having their precious pooches with them until they pry them out of their cold, dead arms. So larger dogs have been showing up in a variety of types of carriers.
A lot of people don't mind riding the subway with a variety of friendly dogs, but others aren't so happy about it. Seeing a dog taking up two seats while an elderly passenger is forced to stand is just one example of incidents which spurred the creation of the law.
While these dog owners may be flouting the spirit of the law, they are following the letter of the law to the, well, letter. And they are taking the rest of the alphabet with them.
All of this just goes to show you that when it comes to dogs and their owners, separating them isn't something that comes easily. It also goes to show you that when writing laws concerning this group, you've got to lay it out completely and add specifics -- otherwise you are going to end up with some inventive and hilarious challenges to that law.
This photo gets my "Ultimate Creativity Award" for having the dog in a carrier (bag) and yet allowing the dog to stand on its own four paws.
The moral of this story is that when The Big Apple makes a law you consider unfair -- make applesauce.
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