NEW YORK — Dogs playing poker are back on the streets in New York after years in the wilderness, and the trend is spreading beyond the Big Apple.
The trend started in the New York City borough of Queens and spread to Staten Island and other parts of the city.
A report released Thursday by the Dog Play Association, a nonprofit that promotes the sport, shows the number of dogs playing poker in New Jersey and New York State have more than tripled since 2007.
The number of registered dogs playing has nearly tripled to more than 1,200 in 2017 from 600 in 2008, the report said.
More than 5,000 dogs have played at least once in New Hampshire, and more than 900 have played in New England, according to the report.