Tuesday, April 03, 2012

More Dogs on BART

Is it just me or are there more and more canine passengers on BART now? I don't mind personally, since I love dogs, and as long as they aren't violent to other passengers and the owners clean up any messes, I'm all for it.

Long ago, I'd only see service dogs once in a blue moon. These days, I see pets of all sizes, not service dogs, riding on BART. Some standing, some held, some crated, some sleeping and some (see picture) even taking their own seat!

Some passengers mind, but for me, it cheers me up from my dreary ride. This cute little Scottie took a seat with his owner during the whole ride.

Should BART loosen its no pets policy? I think not since there are sadly plenty of irresponsible pet owners out there that will cause problems. But maybe one pet-friendly day might be fun! No?


Anonymous said...

I'd love to see a broader pet policy adopted with more pets allowed on BART. But I'd like to see more responsible pet owners, first.

The fact that people are bringing their non-service animal pets onto the train is the first indication of their lack of responsibility. If you can't follow the rules and figure out an alternative - and instead resort to violating pet policies, then how are you presenting yourself as an effective ambassador?

People with the smaller pets seem to me, to be the worst. The dogs frequently are barking and the owners appear to be the least likely to clean up after their pet - they often do not have bags or items to cleanup.

Anonymous said...

BART allows pets to be brought aboard at no additional charge. The only requirement is that the pet must be secured in a container that is specifically manufactured for transport of a pet.

Animals at-large or on a leash or harness (other than service dogs) are not allowed. For more information about service animals, visit the Accessibility Services section.


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