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|Ban on big dogs enacted at Marble Hill Houses
By Kevin Deutsch
Pit bulls and other large dogs are no longer welcome in public housing.
Residents of Marble Hill Houses and the city’s other 339 complexes can no longer keep large breeds of dogs due to a ban by the City Housing Authority instituted on May 1. Dogs registered by owners prior to that date will be allowed to stay.
The ban, which also applies to full or mixed-breed Doberman pinschers, Rottweilers, and any other dogs expected to weigh over 25 pounds, comes after a number of dog attacks — both in New York and around the country — involving large breeds in recent years.
Animal advocates are opposed to NYCHA’s new rule.
“The ASPCA is opposed to this policy and is working to prevent it from going into effect,” said Laura Maloney, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals senior vice president of anticruelty. “We oppose laws that discriminate against particular breeds or impose excessive weight restrictions. This regulation unfairly discriminates against responsible dog guardians on both counts.”
At Marble Hill Houses, some residents say big dogs haven’t been a problem, and that the authority should focus on other issues like fixing the brokendown basketball court, replacing rusted playground equipment, and adding activities for kids at the complex.
“They should fix this place up before they start worrying about dogs,” said one resident as he walked his four-month-old pit bull puppy, Jada, across the grounds. “This is the projects. It’s not going to get any better than what it is if you stop allowing certain dogs.”
This is part of the May 7, 2009 online edition of The Riverdale Press.
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