Failure to Remove Canine Waste

Each person who owns or controls a dog must remove any feces left by that dog on any sidewalk, gutter, street, or other public area and dispose of it in a legal manner. The person may remove the feces and carry them away with him/her for disposal in a toilet or their own litter basket. The feces may also be placed in a non-leaking sealed bag or container and deposited in a DSNY litter basket. The provisions of this law do not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind person.

Related Law: New York State Public Health Law §1310
(Search for Public Health Law (PBH), Article 13, Title 1: General Provisions; Control and Abatement)

Fine: $250

Control of Dogs & Other Animals to Prevent Nuisance

Each person who owns or controls a pet shall not allow the animal to commit a nuisance on any public or private premises used in common by the public, or any area of a building abutting a public place.

Related Law: New York City Health Code §161.03

Fine: $200–$400

Unleashed Dogs

A person who owns or controls a dog may not allow it to be in any public place or in any open or unfenced field abutting a public place, unless the dog is effectively restrained by a leash or chain no more than six feet long.

Related Law: New York City Health Code §161.05

Fine: $200–$400

KEY NUMBERS

1. To report an incidence of cruelty to animals call the ASPCA at (212) 876-7700.
2. If you have a trapped and or injured animal you can not reach call the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) at 311 and ask for them.
3. If you see a carriage horse or any horse in the city being treated cruelly call the VPHS at (212) 676-2120.
4. If you have any further questions or concerns please call 311.

There are a variety of laws that pertain to owning animals in New York City and violating them can lead to fines of $2,000.

THE MOST COMMON OF THESE ARE:

DOG LICENSES (167;161.04)

Your dog(s) must wear a valid metal tag at all times displaying the license obtained from the New York City department of health.

CLICK THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR AN NYC DOG LICENSE

NYC dog license application

DOG LEASH LAW (167;161.05)

If you are walking a dog in a public and / or open area next to a public area it is necessary to have your dog on a leash and that leash can be no more than six feet.

CANINE WASTE LAW

(“pooper scooper law” – section 1310 of New York State public health code) Plain and simple you must clean up after your dog on the street.

RABIES VACCINATION LAW (11.66. – RABIES: COMPULSORY VACCINATION)

Any cat or dog you own in New York City over three months of age must be immunized against rabies.

THE ANIMAL NUISANCE LAW (167;161.03)

Any person who owns a cat, dog, or any other animal will not allow that animal to create a public nuisance in either a public place or an open area, wall, fence, window next to a public place.

DETERMINATION OF A DANGEROUS DOG (167;17-345)

A dangerous dog is defined as –

WHEN A DOG IS DETERMINED TO BE DANGEROUS

The commissioner may order the owner of a dangerous dog to –

IF YOUR DOG HAS BEEN DEEMED “DANGEROUS” AND HAS NOW BEEN IMPOUNDED.

The owner of the dog may request the commissioner to conduct a hearing to determine if the dog should be returned to the owner. No dog shall be considered “dangerous” if the threat, injury or damage caused was sustained by a person who at the time was committing a willful trespass of the premises owned by the dog; was assaulting the dog; had been seen in the past to be assaulting the dog; was committing a crime.