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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Pack of Dogs Being Walked Casually Around Stuy Town
I wish I had my camera with me this morning. What happened just goes to show how effective are those 1,200 HD security cameras and their human monitors....
I'm going along the back "M" area of the 20th Street ST buildings, on my way to Lenz's. Coming up toward me is an unbelievable, eye-glazing sight. A guy is walking a pack of dogs (five or six), two of which, at least, are banned dogs here in Stuy Town: a pit-bull and a German shepherd. We pass each other by, with me being very careful not to make any sudden movements and wondering if I should go back to the apartment to pick up my camera. I've seen banned dogs in Stuy Town before (and with a frequency that is dismaying), but this is the first time I see them in a pack. I decide against retrieving my camera, as I have other things to do.
With my Lenz's coffee in hand, I go to the Oval. It's not raining anymore, and there's a freshness in the air that is transfixing. I figure this dog walker is just traversing the back area of Stuy Town and will soon be out. Of course, any number of those 1,200 HD cameras would have seen him, and his pack of dogs, very easily. That is if someone were watching and attentive, and if there are no-nonsense rules of engagement with banned breeds in the complex.
So, I'm at the Oval--and then the guy and his pack of dogs turn up! Taking a walk around the Oval!
I now really regret not having my camera with me, but it still will be interesting, I say to myself, to see what happens, and if he will be stopped by Public Safety. A Public Safety vehicle approaches him and his dogs...and passes by. He takes a full tour of the Oval, passing by the brand new hi-tech Public Safety office. Nothing. He starts a new tour of the Oval. Residents are turning their heads, curious as to why this guy and his pack of dogs are strolling so casually about the Oval walkway. And you can see the stifled alarm in the faces of resident dog-walkers who are taking their little pooches for a walk. No contest if there is a dog fight.
The guy now passes the small security booth, which before was empty, but toward which are walking TWO Public Safety "officers," looking more like schlubs and not the usual crew we are familiar with. The guy and his dogs pass by these "officers"--and not a word from these PS personnel.
So, the 2nd tour of the Oval proceeds. The guy and his dogs are, once again, heading past the new Public Safety office. But now there is an officer out in front, and finally, finally, the officer confronts the dog walker.
Why wasn't this guy and his pack of dogs stopped before? Why was he allowed to stroll about the back ways of Stuy Town and then around the Oval in front of various Public Safety officers with impunity?
A thank you to the officer who finally did stop him.