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New York City’s Leash Law

How much do you know about New York City’s Leash Law? According to Section 161.05 of the New York City Health Code, your dog has to be kept on a six-foot long leash when it’s in a public place:

A person who owns, possesses or controls a dog shall not permit it to be in any public place or in any open or unfenced area abutting on a public place unless the dog is effectively restrained by a leash or chain not more than six feet long.

Who can issue you a ticket if your dog isn’t leashed? Authorized employees of New York City’s Departments of Health, Sanitation, or Parks and Recreation.


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