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Dog Laws

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