Sneaking a pet rat onto a LD train?
Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:47 PM
Posted 09 June 2012 - 07:57 PM
I hate rats and I assume I am not alone amongst millions of Amtrak riders.
Is it a gerbil or a old rat caught stealing cheese?
No Pets. Strict Amtrak regulation. I mean if you can manage to hide it go ahead, if you dont get caught its not a biggie, but do it at the risk of getting kicked out of the train.
Edited by Shawn Ryu, 09 June 2012 - 07:58 PM.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:03 PM
Policy is very strict and very clear: NO.
But, if you wish to chance your luck and sneak a pet rat aboard an Amtrak train that is your business. You may get away with it and leave the train with a smile at your planned destination... Or you may not get away with it, and leave the train at an unknown point along the line (possibly a grade crossing in the middle of BFE) and be met by a police officer while forefitting your entire reservation and accommodation. Basically, if found, you are kicked off the train anywhere it stops next. Your bags, tossed with you. Your money, gone.
It is entirely up to you on what it is worth. But if you are seriously asking us, the answer will always be NO!!!
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 08:04 PM
Now I'm curious as to what kind she is-White, Hooded or one of the "newer" varieties.
Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:30 PM
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Posted 09 June 2012 - 10:49 PM
We had made arrangements for her, but they got canceled more or less last minute and I have yet to come up with an alternate solution. If it was simply a vacation, I would not even consider it, she would obviously stay home.
For the record, if I did sneak her on, I would keep her caged the entire trip and out of public view at all times. Just because she is like a pet dog to us, I know many people do not like rats and would not consider exposing her to others, even if pets were allowed by Amtrak. At any rate, she's silent, you can't say that of many dogs. Nor would she be able to run amuck like some "service" dogs. Obviously I will have to find an alternate means of transportation for her, but my wife wanted me to investigate the feasibility of breaking the rules.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 12:17 AM
If you want to break the law, its your life your choice, just like it would be completely upto you if you want to drive at 100 on a highway marked for 65, or buy alcohol at the age of 15, hoping nobody will find out. Do it if you want to but don't come asking if it is okay to break the law if I do it quietly sneakily without inconveniencing anyone around me. The answer is going to be NO! If you tell the cops Hey I barged into my neighbor's home and stole their jewelry but I did it quietly without inconveniencing anyone else so maybe don't arrest me, do you think its gonna work?
Carrying a rat, or for that matter cats, dogs, monkeys, horses, giraffes, dinosaurs.. any kind of pets on Amtrak is illegal. End of story.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 02:11 AM
Thanks Anthony, you and OlympianHiawatha are the only people that have shown a modicum of kindness. People here have ultimately dissuaded me from taking the rat, but also from actually signing up for the forums.
It would have been one thing if people had said "this is a very bad idea, but have you considered X instead?" Alas, it seems that was far to much to ask of this group. We are big train people in this family, we may even know some of you in real life, but I don't see any point in staying to find out or to share stories or photos.
Posted 10 June 2012 - 04:17 AM
I think you should take your pet on the train, especialy if it upsets ******* ! If you get discovered, make out that its not your pet and then blame Amtrak for having rats on the train... you might even get loads of $ in compensation!
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