Bill would allow pets on public transportation during emergency evacuation

TRENTON – Proposed legislation that would permit pet owners to board public transportation with their pet in the event of a state of emergency is making its way to a Senate panel next week.

Lawmakers are slated to discuss the proposal that would allow domestic companion animals to be brought on public transportation in the event an evacuation is in progress following the declaration of a state of emergency.

The proposal, S1804, comes in the wake of super storm Sandy, which forced thousands to be evacuated from their homes along the Jersey shore.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Van Drew, (D-1), Dennis Township, was introduced earlier this year before New Jersey was slammed by the storm.

It defines domestic companion animals as a “dog, cat, bird, fish or any animal commonly referred to as a pet that has been bought, bred, raised or otherwise acquired for the primary purpose of providing companionship, rather than for agricultural purposes,” according to the bill.

The proposal would require the pet to be under the control of the owner, including being leashed or appropriately confined.

The bill will be before the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee.

Bill would allow pets on public transportation during emergency evacuation