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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Pit Bulls in Stuy Town
Example of Pit Bull. Not actual photo of Stuy Town dog, unless he moved in yesterday.
Public Safety has been doing a commendable, and thankless, job in checking to see if dogs are registered in Stuyvesant Town, and in keeping dogs off the Oval Fountain area and pathways. The attitude of the Public Safety officers I have seen doing this has been friendly and respectful. Obviously, they get blowback from some dog owners, who consider these actions harassment, promising protests, an attitude I can understand if one has been repeatedly stopped while walking one's dog around the Oval, where most, if not all of the checks are done. (And that's the problem. I've as yet to see Public Safety conducting these checks in other areas of STPCV where many people bring their dogs. Perhaps these checks happen, but from what I've seen, they are done exclusively in the Oval area.)
All that said, there is a real problem that is still not being dealt with: pit bulls in Stuy Town. Pit bulls and pit-bull mixes are banned in Stuy Town/PCV, and yet I have seen three such dogs being walked with impunity in Stuy Town--dogs owned by Stuy Town residents! Two of these dogs were being walked around the Oval area. When I inquired of Public Safety about them, I was told that both dogs had Stuy Town registration tags. How is this possible, I inquired further? None of the Public Safety officers was able to tell me, as mystified as I.
Somehow, a few residents are getting away with having their pit bulls/pit bull mixes registered here. A glaring hole in Stuyvesant Town's dog policy and an insult to those dog owners who obey the rules.