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(Photo by Courtney Kistler, Rational Animal)

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New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Dog Owning Tenants' Rights

The revised NYCHA pet policy that went into effect May 1, 2009, reduces the permissible weight for full-grown dogs from 40 to 25 pounds and restricts specific breeds, including Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, and Dobermans, either pure- or mixed-breed. Dogs registered with NYCHA by April 30, 2009, regardless of breed and providing they do not exceed the prior 40 pound weight limit, have been grandfathered and will be allowed to remain in NYCHA housing. Residents who submitted a registration form by April 30 were given a 90-day grace period to submit a veterinarian certification verifying that their dogs are spayed or neutered, vaccinated against rabies, not one of the prohibited breeds, and licensed by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Under the revised NYCHA pet policy, dogs exceeding the 25 pound weight limit and/or deemed a prohibited breed may not reside in NYCHA housing.

The ASPCA, NYC Animal Care & Control (AC&C), and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals are concerned that breed-specific bans and weight restrictions may result in people unnecessarily giving up their dogs. If you are a NYCHA resident, we want you to know that you may have the legal right to keep your dog. We have provided the following information to help you.

Your Legal Rights

NYCHA Tenants' Rights

by the ASPCA

NYCHA Pet Policy And Residents' Rights

by the ASPCA, HSUS, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, AC&C

Updated August 2010

La Póliza de NYCHA Sobre Mascotas y Los Derechos de Inquilinos

by the ASPCA, HSUS, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, AC&C

Updated August 2010

by the ASPCA, HSUS, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, AC&C

Updated August 2010

by the ASPCA, HSUS, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, AC&C

Updated August 2010

ASPCA Urges Residents of NYC Housing Authority to Register Pets by January 31

Press Release by the ASPCA

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tossed into the cold: Pit bulls at shelters surge after NYCHA restrictions

by Amy Sacks, New York Daily News

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Investigative reporting on the NYCHA breed ban and lowered weight restriction

by Courtney Kistler, Rational Animal

Monday, October 12, 2009

ASPCA Drafts Letter Outlining NYCHA Tenants' Rights

Press Release by the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

ASPCA Drafts Letter Outlining NYCHA Tenants' Rights

Press Release by the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Memo from the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals to NYCHA Residents Who Wish to Keep Their Dogs

Memo from the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

ASPCA Propuesta una Carta detallando los Derechos de los Residentes de NYCHA

Press Release by the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Los Derechos de los residentes de NYCHA

Memo from the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Press Release by the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Memo from the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Press Release by the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Memo from the ASPCA, AC&C of NYC, and Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

Monday, June 8, 2009

Media Coverage

Tossed into the cold: Pit bulls at shelters surge after NYCHA restrictions

by Amy Sacks, New York Daily News

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Dog days extended for NYCHA residents

by Nicholas Bloom, Columbia Spectator

Monday, December 7, 2009

Housing Authority Extends Deadline for Registering Dogs

by Manny Fernandez, City Room Blog, The New York Times

Friday, November 20, 2009

Dog Fight: Breed Ban Takes Its Toll

by Chez Pazienza, The Village Voice

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pit Bull Ban in Housing Projects Results in Mass Euthanization

by John Del Signore, Gothamist

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Large Dogs in Public Housing Are Now Endangered Species

by Manny Fernandez, The New York Times

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

New York City's Pit Bull Problem – And Why YOU Care

by Courtney Kistler, New York Tails

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Young Leader from Lower East Side Takes on NYCHA and New Pet Policy

by Courtney Kistler, Examiner.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

New NYC housing rules may jam dog shelters

by jwoestendiek, ohmidog

Monday, July 6, 2009

ASPCA fears NYCHA dog ban in city housing will fill animal shelters

by Lisa L. Colangelo, New York Daily News

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Wave of Dog Surrenders Possible In Wake of NYCHA Dog Breed/Weight Ban

by New York Tails

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Public housing tenants vow a dogfight over pet rules

by Rita Wu, The Villager

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

First NYCHA 'Casualties' Begin to Show Up At City Shelters—New York Tails Magazine Investigation Underway

by New York Tails

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Pet owners living in city housing complexes urged to know their rights

by Staten Island Advance

Tuesday June 9, 2009

New research exposes high taxpayer cost to ban pit bulls

Press Release by Best Friends Animal Society

Friday, May 29, 2009