City Says People Know Law, Signs Are Not Necessary Anymore, Report Says

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The city has decided to take down the signs warning dog owners not to leave their pets’ feces lying behind, and will not be replacing them, according to a published report.

The city Department of Transportation has already done away with 1,300 signs this year, and all of the signs reminding New Yorkers of the poop scoop laws will be taken down, according to a New York Post report. The city says the signs are faded and can no longer be easily read, the paper reported.

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Department Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan told the paper the removal of the signs should not be a big deal, since people already know they are required by law to pick up after their dogs.

But some New Yorkers did not agree, and said without the signs, dog feces will be left lying on the sidewalk.

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Picking up after dogs has been the law since 1978, and those who fail to do so can be hit with a $250 ticket, the paper reported.

The signs are being removed as part of a larger DOT project to take 60,000 signs off city streets, including no honking and recycling signs, the paper reported.

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