In response to all the discussion about dogs being off leash in new york city I’ve added this separate post.

There is pending new york city legislation that would make it illegal for dogs to be off leash in city parks. Presently and for the past 20 years there has been an “unwritten” understanding that dogs could be off leash in city parks for a specified time of day. There was a recent city public hearing to discuss the issue and you can read about’s petition to keep allowing dogs off leash and see video from the meeting too.

Dogs should be allowed off leash in “city parks” but I think anyone who walks their dogs off leash “on the streets” of new york city is putting their dog and even other dogs in major risk. No matter how trained your dog is there are so many things that you can not prepare for and I have had the misfortune of seeing dogs get injured and even worse who were off leash. I feel dogs off leash on the streets is also unfair to aggressive dog owners. I’ve been walking aggressive dogs only to have a dog off leash come sprinting towards us – a precarious situation to say the least!

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  1. It’s not fair to the aggressive dogs who is fine if left alone but if charged and jumped on, etc..

  2. Why own an aggressive dog anyway? What pleasure can you or the dog have when you need to worry about it the entire time your walking it? Does it make you feel powerful to own an aggressive dog?

    How silly.

    Get a decent dog that intrinsically likes other dogs and people and see the difference.

  3. A decent dog? Have you ever owned an aggressive dog? You must not of because you would understand how loyal and sweet most are. Many of them have been abused when young but it to simply only allow sweet dogs to “exist” is ridiculous. People help / save aggressive dogs because they are the hardest to place in a home – there is no ego trip involved. If you want a tought dog you get one and train it to be that way.

  4. Don’t know what you mean by a decent dog? All of my dogs have had issues caused by the circumstances of their childhood (which obviously they can not contol). Not a very realistic view to throw dogs and animals in general to the side because of a behavioral issue. Hints of being a dog lover and not an animal lover.

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