Condo Canine Crackdown On Upper West Side

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/1010 WINS/CBS 2) – At One Lincoln Plaza, dog owners say they understand that some pooches are out of control and not everyone is a dog lover.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports
LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ John Montone reports

“The dog walker we have coming around, she’s now only allowed to bring one dog into the building at a time,” one man told WCBS 880 reporter Paul Murnane.

The condo board is expected to vote on a new set of measures Tuesday night that would ban Rottweilers and Dobermans from the building and hit owners of a bad dog with a fine of $250.

Under the new rules, dog owners may also be restricted to the service elevator with their furry friends.

“The service elevator often isn’t functioning,” one woman said. “We often have to wait up to 15 minutes for the elevator and you never know if it’s going to come.”

Walking his Boston Terrier named “Murphy,” William Hornby says it all seems over the top.

“I just find it a bit weird how they want us to send in photographs of the dogs,” Hornby told 1010 WINS’ John Montone. “Like a mug shot.”

CBS 2’s John Metaxas met “Emily,” a 3-year-old French bulldog, but she wasn’t feeling very welcome in the Upper West Side apartment she shares with her owner Al Josephberg.

“Unfortunately certain people on the board don’t like dogs and that’s a problem for the rest of us,” Josephberg said.

Judith Hoffman has lived in the building for 37 years.

“I’ve always had dogs and I feel the hostility from people,” said Hoffman, owner of Malteses “Sophia” and “Bella.”

“I think that these rules are outrageous.”

There are, however, voices that support the board.

“I’m all for banning them. I think they’re dangerous,” one resident said.

“Dogs in the building are supposed to take the service elevator and I like that idea,” added resident Harry Demell.

But dog owners said the rules go too far, relegating them to second-class citizenship.

“I’ve raised three children in the building, had dogs in the building, had a cat in the building and suddenly I’m going out the back door at all times,” Hoffman said.

Though the rules would ban larger breeds one resident said the problem on her floor is a tiny terror.

“All the time, he run downs the hall, and then there’s another dog who is quiet, docile, and a pretty big breed,” said one woman.

Sometimes, she said, the problem is the owner.

Some said they’ll even consult lawyers to see if their rights are being violated.

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  • Georgette

    I advocate fining dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs or maintain basic behavior decorum. Those who don’t comply infuriate responsible dog owners by making all of us look bad. Otherwise, this is a free country. I might not like listening to someone shout into their cell phone. I don’t like looking at guys grabbing at their pants to keep them from falling down. I don’t like being mowed down by bikes or skateboards. I don’t like spit and dirt on sidewalks but I deal with it. If people can get licenses to carry concealed weapons, then I shouldn’t be hassled for walking with my well-behaved dog.

  • Humanfirst

    Some dogs owners don’t even take care of the litter that causing a lot of health problem, not even to mention it lower the property value. Pet owners take the value too far beyond human interest. If you love the pets too much get your own house make your own rule, you don’t have to ask other to love animal as you do. But when you share space with others, the others’ interest must be included.

  • David Oliver

    Well, gotta remember no matter how much you like your dog it is still an animal and I don’t want your animal with my child in the same elevator, how many times you hear it, I sorry he was a good dog? You hear it all the tome after a dog attack someone. I am sick of you and your dogs. Try to fill up the void in your life with something else.

  • Daniel Padovano

    Well said Stacia. Never trust anyone who doesn’t like animals. These people probably don’t like kids either. Pets bring companiship, life and energy to their owners. Dosg in particular are a form of security.

  • tom

    well said stacia, i couldn’t have said it better…

  • Niko

    dogs shouldnt be allowed in elevators, I am deathly allergic and going in an elevator that just had on of those will mean me being hospitalised. I was in a coma because someone in the city had one in a taxicab. Stores should be fined and shut down for allowing them in there.

    • Stacia

      I’m allergic to children, but still I tolerate them. Perhaps you should take a benadryl and go on about your day, kind sir.

  • joe k

    A well trained dog is noy the problem. It is found at the other end of the leash

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