NYC Officials Express Difficulty Enforcing Dog Clean-Up Rules

Admit It's Not Easy Catching 4-Legged Perpetrators In The Act

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Thirty-three years after it went into effect, the city’s pooper scooper law is widely being ignored.

But who, exactly, is to blame?

They typically don’t walk around with baggies in their mouths and — as far as we know — have no clue how to use a toilet. So for a countless number of New Yorkers picking up after man’s best friend means scooping up you know what and hoping city workers are around at the right moment to make sure others do the same.

“I wish they would because it’s on the bottom of our shoes half the time,” one Manhattan resident told CBS 2’s Jay Dow.

During this fiscal year the Department of Sanitation’s Enforcement Unit has so far issued 250 violations for failing to clean up after a pet. Sometimes a sidewalk surprise is the result, but some neighborhoods are worse than others and a department spokesperson Matthew Lipani said the Enforcement Unit’s numbers are deceiving.

The unit also enforces and writes summons for illegal postings, dirty sidewalks, unleashed dogs and other violations, according to Lipani.

As far as actually writing one of those canine waste summonses, it’s not easy.

“It’s actually one of the hardest summonses to write. We have to see it in action. At that point we can write a summons. The dog owner has to get caught in the act,” Lipani said.

“People that don’t are slackers and not good citizens,” Manhattan resident Paul Novograd said.

Bronx Councilman James Vacca said the Bloomberg administration’s performance on this issue, well, stinks.

“I understand that dog tickets are difficult to issue, but only 250 so far this year? We have to be able to do better than that. Based on the complaints I get in my office, this problem has gotten worse, not better, and I am calling on the city to take action,” Vacca said.

Dog owners said city sanitation workers can only do so much, which means it’s up to us — not “Spot” — to keep our sidewalks clean.

The Department of Sanitation also denied a report that claimed its 24-member Enforcement Unit had been downsized due to budgetary constraints.

You buying the city’s rationale? Please off your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments

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  1. KPMc says:

    Your neighbors are so selfish and uncaring that they can’t pick up after their own responsibilities but you want to hold the Mayor or the police accountable? Really? Here’s a thought… why don’t you man up (or woman up), grow a pair of nads (figuratively speaking) and confront your neighbors when you see them. It’s your neighborhood… if you won’t fight for it what in gods name makes you think so someone else should fight for you.

    Citizenship and good government begins with you… not the other way around.

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  3. JB says:

    NY MOM

    It’s about time to make all dogs wear a nylon pouch or some form of dog pamper to collect all their waste! The sale of these items would bring great revenue to our government.The dog waste is a health hazard especially to our young children.

  4. NYC (aka The Giant Canine Toilet) says:

    It’s sad that a small number of persistent offenders ruin it for everyone else, but it’s high time to fix the problem, and here’s how you do it:

    Pass a law requiring that all dogs be officially licensed, and make the collection of a DNA sample a requirement for licensing. Institute a huge fine/penalty for not having a licensed dog that will be refunded once the dog is properly licensed. Make the licensing fee high enough to pay for the costs of running the DNA program and anything relating to enforcement.

    After that, it’s simple. Give anyone who wants one a poop collection kit. When you find poop, put it in the collection kit and mail it in. A DNA match is made and a $300 ticket automatically goes out in the mail to the owner. If it’s not paid in 90 days, it goes to a collection agency and on to the owner’s credit report.

    We get a cleaner city, we conjure up some good jobs at no added expense to taxpayers, and dog owners finally have to pay their fair share of the cost their animals’ waste creates. Win, win, win.

    Alternatively, we could just make it legal for non dog-owners to spread their own human poop onto the paws of random dogs and see how the dog owners like it. Cool?

    1. kendra says:

      i am really loving it already cause basically the the whole us of a has gone to the dogs already cause there owners are so lazy i mean if i have to clean up after may dog then they should 2 cause i think its very unsanitiry to have to step in that and its alos very emotionally stressful 2….i am already loving the idea…and that whole comment…

  5. M. B. Zurich says:

    Satisticly, the “pooper scooper” law is the most complied law
    in New York 96% complience,better than that of legal driving
    licenses, cool.

  6. James says:

    Don’t forget Queens! Particularly around Lefrak City, Horace Harding and Flushing / Corona Park area (111 st.) Truly disgusting.

  7. Jen says:

    This is truly desperation! Bloomberg has plenty of money. He should re-distribute the wealth! Then he won’t need cops to issue dog poop summons. They can go and catch crooks instead of dogs going to the bathroom.

  8. joe says:

    blooomberg the mayor who folllowed the great mayor before him and cannot run the city as good as guilllaniwith one more term to do it let the welfare people clean it up and do work and not live off the taxpayers 40000 cops and you cant get crime down.sad blooomberg. physical for then every 6 months i say no donuts any more. 2 more years to suffer with bloomberg count the days and get rid of all the city council bought by bloomberg time for new people

  9. simon goldfarb says:

    The communist,Islamic loving mayor we have needs to be tried for treason and sedition.

  10. danny says:

    And any news about the city giving the NYPD’s that ride the horses, any tickets? See people forced to avoid or step in the droppings.

  11. Dr. Roxo says:

    Dogs should be made illegal in NYC.

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    2. gjk says:

      You should be made illegal in NYC.

      Dogs give people companions and comfort–you just complain.

  12. MJONES says:

    @C….
    BLAH, BLAH, BLAH…..WITHIN A FEW YEARS YOU’LL BE EATING YOUR PETS!!!

    1. C says:

      Whatever. That may be your style, not mine. You are obviously very ignorant and just want to post nonsense to get some attention that you are obviously not receiving in your life. Have fun, enjoy.

  13. Bklyn Mom says:

    All police officers should be able to issue these summonses. Are they? I have never seen any special “officers” who are in charge of dog poop, And there are plenty of dogs in my neighborhood and a station across the street from my house. Still, I see poop on the street all the time.

  14. MIKE JONES says:

    HOW ABOUT LEAVING DOGS IN THE ZOO WHERE THEY BELONG. STOP TREATING THESE PETS LIKE HUMANS! KISSING THEM IN THE FACE, SLEPING IN YOUR BED…TAHT’S JUST PLAIN OL NASTY!!!

    1. ME says:

      FIRST OF ALL, THE DISCUSSION IS ABOUT CLEANING AFTER YOUR DOG NOT ABOUT WHEATHER YOU SHOULD LEAVE DOGS IN THE ZOO OR NOT….AND IF SOME DOG OWNER WANT TO TREAT THERE DOGS LIKE HUMANES THAN THATS THERE PROBLEM, IF YOU DON’T LIKE DOGS THAN YOU DONT HAVE TO HAVE ANY BUT DONT BASH ON PEOPLE THAT DO, AND IF YOUR WONDERING IF I HAVE A DOG NO I DONT

      1. MJONES says:

        SECOND OF ALL…MIND YOUR BIZZWACK!!!!
        I LIKE DOGS, HAVE NOTHING AGAINST THEM. THEY JUST BELONG IN THE ZOO.
        YOU DONT HAVE A DOG BECAUSE YOU KNOW ITS TRUE!

      2. C. says:

        Dogs do not belong in a zoo. How can you criticize someone that loves their pet? Before you make a smart remark, yes, I have pets and I love them all. You obviously don’t like animals – so that’s your loss.

      3. ME says:

        BIZZWACKS YOU SERIOUS? LMAO WHAT ARE YOU 5 IF YOU WANTED PEOPLE TO MIND THEIR BUSINESS YOU WOULD OF NOT POSTED THE NONSENCE YOU POSTED

      4. ME says:

        BIZZWACK FOR REAL? WHAT ARE YOU FIVE ?
        IF YOU WANTED PEOPLE TO MIND THEIR BUSINESS YOU SHOULD OF NEVER POSTED THE NONSENCE YOU POSTED, THE REASON WHY I DONT HAVE A PET IS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT ALLOW THEM WHERE I LIVE!!!!!

  15. McBrooklyn says:

    Let’s not bother cleaning up all the chicken bones and McDonald’s and Starbucks garbage, which is a lot more disgusting. City should try policing the human animals first.

    1. winer catcher says:

      Above should be signed, Poopy Mc Pooper.
      WAA WAAAA!

      (must have been one of the Poopy 250 caught)

  16. nymike says:

    250 city-wide summonses?? I’ve seen at least that many violations on my upper westside block alone.

  17. jc says:

    I say change the law. We should be giving tickets to dog walkers who aren’t carrying “baggies” with them, because quite frankly, if they don’t have a bag when walking their dog, they aren’t gonna pick it up. Site them for being bagless and that’ll take care of it

    1. C says:

      I have to disagree with you — I own a dog and I carry the plastic bags in my pocket – to give someone a ticket b/c someone cannot see a plastic bag on them does not make much sense.

  18. eddie says:

    don’t forget the smelly Bronx

  19. Brooklyn McDirtyshoes says:

    Bloomberg: Can’t clean up snow, can’t clean up sh!t.

    1. oh my says:

      HAHA!

    2. C says:

      love it! good remark. LOL!

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