By Sabina Mollot
Following a steady stream of complaints from residents with regards to dogs — from the lack of rule enforcement to the lack of a dog run — The Blackstone Group said it will be responding to at least one of those issues. Specifically, that of nonresident dogs as well as breeds banned from Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village regularly being walked onsite.
To do this, management will be issuing a new kind of ID tag that hangs from a strap on a hook from the leash handle in order to make the pooch immediately identifiable as one that’s been registered. The color will be the same shade of blue as the one used in the Stuy Town logo.
While residents’ dogs have already been given tags when registered with management, Public Safety officers have to get up close to the pets in order to see them.
You have to go up to the collar to see it,” said Blackstone rep Paula Chirhart of the currently used tags. “It’s not time efficient.”
The new tags will be issued after Blackstone gets its shipment of the hooks for the tags, which is expected to be in mid-March.
There will naturally be a grace period for dog owners to get the new tags, since at last count, there were 1200 dogs residing in the complex. But after May 1, any offending owners would be given a summons. It isn’t clear how much the fine would be.
News of the policy was first shared via Facebook by a resident, Barry Shapiro, who posted an email he’d gotten from General Manager Rick Hayduk in response to some canine-related queries.
Hayduk mentioned the summonses and also said that dogs that are not owned by residents “will be escorted off the property.”
In the email, Hayduk also admitted there had been a lack of rule enforcement.
“Yes, enforcement has been lax but in defense of our team, they would have had to stop every dog owner because the registration tag could not be seen,” he said. “The new process will allow the rules to be enforced.”
Shapiro, in his followup comments, which were posted on the Facebook page, Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village Tenants, still seemed unconvinced that the tags would help with the presence of banned breeds.
“Tishman Speyer very publicly published a list of certain breeds that would not be allowed,” he wrote. “But everyone knows that these breeds are here, owned by residents. What will be the policy about these breeds moving forward, what done about those already here?”
In response to this concern, Chirhart said management is hoping that “the new program might help us control that a bit more.”