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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

NYCHA to impose only small dogs allowed rule

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If you live in New York City Public Housing or know someone who does, please read and pass along this important (message) regarding upcoming changes to the housing administration's pet policy.

WHO: Residents of New York City Public Housing governed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and their dogs.

WHAT: NYCHA has decided to allow only small dogs in public housing. The maximum allowable weight of pet dogs is being lowered from 40 to 25 pounds.

NYCHA also plans to ban certain breeds outright--NYCHA tenants will not be allowed to own or register purebred or mixed-breed Rottweilers, pit bulls or Doberman pinschers.

WHEN: The new policy is scheduled to go into effect this Friday, May 1, 2009.

EXEMPTIONS: Service animals are exempt from weight and breed restrictions.

FOR CURRENT DOG OWNERS: Dogs already living in NYCHA buildings who are 40 pounds or under can be grandfathered in under the existing pet policy--regardless of breed--as long as residents submit a dog registration form to their NYCHA housing office by this Thursday, April 30. Residents who submit this form will have an additional 90 days to license their dogs with the City (which may be done online) and submit the required veterinary certificate indicating that their dogs are licensed, spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies.

NYCHA residents who submit a dog registration form by Thursday will have an additional 90 days to license their dogs with the City (which may be done online) and submit the required veterinary certificate.

Visit ASPCA.org for more information and to locate the forms needed to register pets with NYCHA.

The ASPCA is opposed to the revised NYCHA pet policy, and we are working to prevent it from going into effect. In the meantime, it is important that dogs who have already found good homes do not lose them.

Thank you for your support.

source: ASPCA letter

Editor's Note: Bronx Latino is a supporter of the work of the ASPCA.

2 comments:

Clarisel said...

ASPCA Urges Residents of NYC Housing Authority to Take Action & Register Pets by TODAY

The ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) urges residents of public housing under the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to register their dogs prior to the May 1, 2009 (TOMORROW) implementation date of the revised NYCHA pet policy, which restricts dog ownership based on breed and weight.

The revised NYCHA pet policy reduces the permissible weight for full grown dogs from 40 pounds to 25 pounds, and prohibits Pit bull, Rottweiler and Doberman breeds either purebred or mixed breed. In addition, residents must obtain a veterinarian certification verifying that their dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, not one of the prohibited breeds, and licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dogs already registered with NYCHA before the implementation of this revised policy, regardless of breed and providing they do not exceed the current 40 pound weight limit, will be grandfathered and allowed to remain in NYCHA housing. If residents submit a registration form for their pet by April 30th, they will be allowed 90 days to obtain the veterinarian certification.

“The ASPCA is opposed to this policy and is working to prevent it from going into effect,” said Laura Maloney, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Anti-Cruelty. “We oppose laws that discriminate against particular breeds or impose excessive weight restrictions. This regulation unfairly discriminates against responsible dog guardians on both counts.”

source: ASPCA release

Anonymous said...

This is not effective policy making and NYCHA gets away with it all the time. They have targeted all types of behaviors without getting to the root causes of the social and economic problems affecting its residents. Crime, Poverty and Disenfranchisement run rampant in their developments and all they do is set more and more regulations that don’t solve anything and create a greater need by displacing rather than aiding.

They want to be landlords when it’s convenient and a city agency when it benefits their public image. When will it come to be that this "City Agency" will be held accountable to what it claims it does? I grew up in public housing my whole life and I went on to become a happy, healthy individual and it was against extreme odds. Not because public housing was horrible but because the community I lived in didn’t have enough social and economic opportunity to survive. All my friend and family around me were/are fighting to just survive and in need of a helping hand. We need to tackle policies that target us and our pets as vicious and aggressive. Tenants are organizing around this issue and need all the help they can get. Make sure you sign the online petition going around.

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/NYCHAPPE/petition.html

The ASPCA is against this and they are the animal experts in NYC. They have told this to NYCHA but have been ignored and the public lied to about grandfathering registered dogs. Many of the dogs got denied registration or the owners’ paperwork was not accepted. NYCHA lied and we must demand an inclusive and effective policy.

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