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NYC bans pits, large dogs from public housing

New York’s Housing Authority has managed to discriminate against dogs and poor people — all in one vast, over-reaching swoop.

Effective today, pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers are banned from all city housing projects. 

“Finally someone is realizing that these potentially dangerous animals have no place in a confined urban space,” said City Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Queens), who has unsuccessfully lobbied state legislators to ban the dogs.

The new Housing Authority regulations also bar residents from owning any dog over 25 pounds; previously the limit was 40 pounds. (Housing Authority residents who already have the breeds will be able to keep them as long as they register by today.)

City housing officials said residents urged them to ban the dogs because they are vicious and threatening, the New York Daily News reports. But dog lovers who have pit bulls and the other targeted pooches are upset.

“He’s my baby,” Jose Hernandez, 32, who lives in the Lillian Wald Houses on the lower East Side, said of his 6-year-old pit bull, Chopper. “These are not bad dogs.”

The ASPCA and other groups opposed to the ban have been working with the city housing agency to ease some of the restrictions. “We are opposed to breed-specific bans,” said Michelle Villagomez, ASPCA senior manager of advocacy and campaigns. “And we find the weight restriction is too oppressive.”


Comment from Tina
Time May 14, 2010 at 7:02 pm

This is ridiculous, the problem is not the breed it is the owner, raising a dog takes commitment, time and discipline everyday every hour. Bad dogs are bad because the owner is bad and should not own a dog of any breed. I love my pit, he is friendly, calm and submissive, good with people of all sizes and great with other dogs. supervising is important and I would do that even if I had a small dog by the way, size has nothing to do with temperment. Anyone who believes that pitbulls in general are bad dogs is very ignorant, all dogs have the potential to bite, it is the owners responsibility 100%. By the way pits also known as staffies used to be used as nannies in England. They are loveable loyal animals that are a joy to be with as long as you do it right and responsibly. Buying a dog and raising it is like raising a child and people need to start seeing it this way or things will just get worse. Education is key.