Dog Duty: Laws About Owning a Dog in New York State:

Dog Duty! Laws About Owning a Dog in New York State:

Know your rights and responsibilities about owning a dog in New York.

Know your rights and responsibilities about owning a dog in New York.

The laws about dog ownership vary from state to state, municipality to municipality. In 2015 there have been several laws that relate to dog ownership in New York State (NYS). Be aware that the laws about your dog do vary from community to community. Check out some of these changes coming to NYS.

There are also a couple of bills in the capital to be aware of. Dog lovers everywhere should be celebrating these. On May 13, 2015, the NYS Senate approved a bill that now allows you to take Fido (Dexter is excited too) with you to your favorite outdoor café or restaurant (if the café permits it). There are a couple of rules that accompany this new law, your pooches cannot sit at the table top (in a seat) and the server cannot directly feed or pet your furry companion. These are the lines drawn by the food health folks.

Also, a proposed NY law if passed, will allow a civilian to break a car window to rescue a dog in extreme temperature conditions. Currently, this is only legal for law enforcement officers. NY would be the first state to pass such a law. Dog lovers the land over are celebrating!

Did You Know:

Did you know that in NYS, you are liable for injuries if you have a “beware of dog” sign posted and your dog bites someone. This sign infers that your dog is dangerous and as such, you must have control of your animal.

Also, if you DO NOT have a “beware of dog” sign, you are liable for not warning folks that you have a animal on the premises! … So what do you do? You put up a sign that says Guard Dog On Duty. This implies that a trained animal is on duty and folks should behave accordingly.

Disclaimer: These laws can vary by court of course and should not be taken as legal advice. Use your judgment when it comes to your pet care an be aware of local ordinances that may enhance or deter the laws mentioned above.  (GoGo Stik is not an attorney).

Article Links:

http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/ai/AILaws/article7.pdf

http://nypost.com/2015/06/16/ny-lawmakers-pass-bill-to-allow-dogs-at-outdoor-cafes/

http://www.buffalonews.com/feed/proposed-new-york-law-would-allow-onlookers-to-smash-a-car-window-to-save-an-animal-20150619

http://dogbitelaw.com/mixed-dog-bite-statute-states/new-york-dog-bite-law