NYC May Increase Pooper Scooper Fines

Maximum penalty for owners who do not clean up their dogs' waste could increase by 250 percent.

Posted: February 23, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

The New York state Assembly has passed a bill authorizing New York City to increase the maximum fine for owners not cleaning up their dogs’ waste in public.

The bill, which the city’s sanitation department requested, would still need support from the state Senate and governor before it could be made into law, but state Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who is sponsoring the bill, has said she’s confident there will be no obstacles.

If the bill becomes law, the maximum fine for not cleaning up after dogs would more than double, and go from the current $100 to $250.

New York City instituted its now widely imitated "pooper scooper" law in 1978. But most dog owners end up paying only $50.

According to NYC’s ‘pooper scooper’ law, dog owners must place any canine feces in a toilet or place it in a non-leaking container and deposit it in a litter basket.

Police, sanitation and parks personnel can all ticket owners caught leaving the scene without cleaning their dog’s mess up.


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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

8/20/2016 4:02:22 AM

Part of owning a dog is picking up after your dog. It is known fact that when dogs walk it will generate them to go poop. I never go any were without a stoop and coop bag with me especially if we are going for a walk. I so not understand owners that say my dog does not poop when we go walking but I stand there and witness their dog going poop and then they say I do not have a bag. If I see a dog poop and then see the owner start to walk away I will say I have a bag here for you pick up that poop, then hand them a bag. With those convenient bag hold available I have one attached right to my dog leash.

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Chet   Staten Island, NY

9/11/2007 2:10:48 PM

What about owners that allow their dogs to urinate on other peoples grassy areas and the grass turns yellow as a result? Is there any law against this?

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Mike   Livonia, MI

2/26/2007 6:23:51 AM

That's great, if I can take the time to clean up after my dog, everyone else should be able
The fine should be enforced everywhere in the continental United States

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