To Leash or Not to Leash: New York’s Rules on Dog Leashing


The State of New York implements the Dangerous Dog Law. It affirms that unprovoked dogs that cause serious physical injury to any companion, human, domestic animal, and the like will be subject to a hearing. Should the dog be proven dangerous, the judge will order it to be neutered/spayed and microchipped.

However, dogs in New York can still roam about and socialize. Unleashed dogs are allowed in most municipalities, granted that they are in approved off-leash locations. Off-leash parks are usually used from 9 AM to 9 PM.


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