Full Statute Name:  New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Appendix A. Emergency and Temporary Acts. Chapter 9. National Defense. Article 6. Emergency Powers of Governor. App. A:9-43.15. Emergency evacuation; boarding of public transportation or public transportation service with domestic companion animal

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Primary Citation:  N.J.S.A. App. A:9-43.15 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  February, 2017 Alternate Citation:  NJ ST App. A:9-43.15 Date Adopted:  2014
Summary:

This New Jersey law states that in the event that a state of emergency has been declared and an evacuation of any region of the State is in progress, the owner of a domestic companion animal shall be permitted to board any public transportation or public transportation service with the domestic companion animal so long as that animal is under the owner's control by use of a leash or tether, or is properly confined in an appropriate container or by other suitable means, provided that such boarding is authorized by and consistent with the provisions of the State Emergency Operations Plan. Addtionally, all passengers with service animals shall be given priority seating on all means of transportation.

Statute Text: 

[New Jersey Office of Emergency Managment: http://www.state.nj.us/njoem/plan/pets.html]

New Jersey Statutes Annotated. Appendix A. Emergency and Temporary Acts. Chapter 9. National Defense. Article 6. Emergency Powers of Governor

 

App. A:9-43.15. Emergency evacuation; boarding of public transportation or public transportation service with domestic companion animal 

a. For the purposes of this act:

“Domestic companion animal” means any animal commonly referred to as a pet that was bought, bred, raised or otherwise acquired, in accordance with local ordinances and State and federal law, for the primary purpose of providing companionship to the owner, rather than for business or agricultural purposes. “Domestic companion animal” does not include livestock as defined in N.J.A.C. 2:2-1.1.

“Public transportation or public transportation service” means rail passenger service, motorbus regular route service, paratransit service, motorbus charter service, and ferry passenger service as defined in section 3 of P.L.1979, c. 150 (C.27:25-3).

b. In the event that a state of emergency has been declared and an evacuation of any region of the State is in progress, the owner of a domestic companion animal shall be permitted to board any public transportation or public transportation service with the domestic companion animal so long as that animal is under the owner's control by use of a leash or tether, or is properly confined in an appropriate container or by other suitable means, provided that such boarding is authorized by and consistent with the provisions of the State Emergency Operations Plan developed pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection a. of section 18 of P.L.1989, c. 222 (C.App.A:9-43.1) pertaining to the needs of animals and individuals with an animal under their care. The provisions of this act shall only apply to the owners of domestic companion animals who are evacuating from a region of the State affected by the emergency or local disaster emergency as defined in section 3 of P.L.1953, c. 438 (C.App.A:9-33.1). A domestic companion animal may be refused permission to board any public transportation or public transportation service, even if the animal is under the owner's control or properly confined in accordance with this subsection if there is reasonable cause to believe that, due to attendant circumstances, permitting the animal to board would pose a health or safety hazard.

c. All passengers with service animals shall be given priority seating on all means of transportation regulated by this act in accordance with the federal “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990” (42 U.S.C. s.12101 et seq.). For the purposes of this act, “service animal” shall have the same meaning as set forth in the federal “Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990” (42 U.S.C. s.12101 et seq.) and any regulations under the act.

d. All passengers on any public transportation or public transportation service shall be provided seating before a domestic companion animal may be placed in a seat.

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L.2013, c. 265, § 1, eff. Jan. 17, 2014.

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