New York City has made nice strides to create a welcoming atmosphere for canine companions to stay in, and it appears to be working! According to a examine carried out this previous 12 months by the New York City Economic Development Corporation, there are at present over 600,000 canine who name this vigorous metropolis residence.

And whereas there are an ideal many advantages to residing in a metropolis chock-full of furry mates, it might probably definitely include distinctive challenges. One such problem that residents battle every day is the absurd quantities of canine poop on town’s streets and sidewalks. Careless pet homeowners and caretakers refuse to correctly get rid of their canine’ waste, and residents, particularly these on the West Side of Manhattan, have had sufficient. 

While metropolis officers have been receiving an more and more great amount of complaints concerning this difficulty over the previous few months, one has lengthy been on town’s radar, relationship way back to 1978. This was the 12 months when New York City and State officers responded to complaints from the general public by passing a Pet Waste ordinance that has since develop into referred to as the “Pooper Scooper” regulation. This ordinance states that:

“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 fantastic for pet homeowners or caretakers who refuse to abide by this ordinance is $250 per offense. And whereas this regulation has been in place for fairly a while, it was not till this 12 months that town’s division of sanitation grew to become proactive in recognizing (and ticketing) offenders on the insistence of New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher. 


To elevate consciousness of this rising difficulty, Councilman Bottcher not too long ago launched a pro-poop-scoop marketing campaign that he calls the “There Is No Poop Fairy” marketing campaign.

This marketing campaign will carry consideration to the issues at hand by funding the acquisition of a number of giant digital indicators (pictured under) that can stand in widespread canine strolling spots as a reminder to correctly get rid of pet waste.


In addition, Councilman Bottcher has petitioned the Department of Sanitation to carry out an “enforcement blitz” within the Council District, particularly over the subsequent few weeks. During this blitz, there will likely be an elevated variety of each human and canine patrol officers monitoring public areas for offenders of the “Pooper Scooper Law” and fining them accordingly. Employees of the New York’s Department of Sanitation appear very captivated with making town a cleaner, more healthy place.

“Our enforcement agents may not collar people over this, but they won’t just roll over, either — they will write tickets,” says Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch, “Bagging and properly disposing of pet waste shows you respect your neighbors and your sanitation workers, and we thank councilmember Bottcher for working to bring this problem to heel.”

We fur-give you, New York. Just ensure you decide up after your pups any longer. You don’t need the police to hound you!

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