NYC Dog Laws Every Pup Parent Should Know

New Yorkers love their dogs. To their guardians, they are not just pets, but important family members that provide unconditional love and companionship. In fact, it is estimated that there are 425,000 dogs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. With so many canine companions, it is important for New York City pup parents to be aware of and abide by the city’s laws that must be followed when it comes to their dogs to keep them happy and healthy.

Leash Laws

There are many designated parks and dog runs in New York City where you can allow your dog to have fun playtime without being restricted by a leash. However, you should be aware of each park’s hours and any rules concerning the areas throughout the park where off-leash dogs are permitted. In public places that are not designated off-leash areas, New York City Health Code §161.05 specifies that dogs must be kept on leashes not more than six feet long. Failure to do so can result in a monetary fine that can range from $200-$400.

Waste Laws

An important state-wide law that must be followed by dog parents and dog walkers alike concerns waste removal. New York State Public Health Law §1310 imposes civil penalties for any person who fails to remove and properly dispose of dog waste left on a sidewalk, gutter, street, or in other public area. Appearance tickets for this violation may be issued by sanitation officers and any person who is authorized to issue a parking violation ticket.

License Laws

While the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene requires dogs to be licensed, it is estimated that only about 20% throughout New York City actually are. In addition, the law requires such license be attached to the dog’s collar. According to the Department of Health, a dog license is valid for one-five years depending on certain factors concerning the dog such as age and spay/neuter status.

If you have any questions or concerns about laws concerning your dog or other pet, it is best to consult with an attorney who can discuss the facts and circumstances regarding your specific issue. If you are facing a Pet Law or Animal Law issue in New York, The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins can help. The Law Office of Jessica M. Semins is available to handle Pet Law and Animal Law matters throughout New York City’s five boroughs- Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island; Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk Counties; and Westchester County. Office locations are conveniently located in Manhattan and Melville. To schedule an appointment for a consultation, call (646) 397-6844.

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