New tags will help identify ST/PCV dogs

Dog walkers bring their charges out for a stroll in Stuyvesant Town, in this photo taken in August of 2014. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Dog walkers bring their charges out for a stroll in Stuyvesant Town, in this photo taken in August of 2014. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

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.”

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7 thoughts on “New tags will help identify ST/PCV dogs

  1. Thus non-residents should avoid the walking paths through the property and make sure to take only the full way around east or west (14th, 20th, 23rd) or else be subjected to a very unpleasant, unneighborly experience, not because of any specific trend/cost/impact from visitors but because PCV/ST knows they can.

    No word yet if PCV/ST ever intends to give long-ago stolen public streets back to the city.

  2. Banning breeds is an inhumane, archaic, and disastrous policy. Dogs, like people, are individuals and should only be judged on their personal behavior. BSL has been repealed all over this country, because there have been NO results other than the systematic killing of dogs. In NYC alone, approximately 22 dogs are killed a day because they look a certain way. It is time for Stuytown to join the 21st century and deal with dogs on a case by case basis instead of contributing to their killing. Dogs, like children, are not capable of making decisions, it is therefore up to responsible owners to ensure they behave well in Stuytown. Allow the actions of the dog-owners to determine whether a dog should/could live here, instead of judging an animal based on its appearance, which has been proven time and time again to do nothing but result in the deaths of well-behaved, innocent animals. With these new ID tags, you will make vigilantes out of nosy strangers, you will cause a riff between the residents because you already know how polarizing this issue is. This will create a hostile living environment for every dog-owner who lives in this complex.

    I also find this post to be incredibly offensive— and question whether or not you have permission to post that man’s photo online in such a negative light. Disgusted and ready to move out of this complex, up until this point I was so hopeful the new management would be made up of intelligent, common-sense, kind people who want a family to stay together instead of tearing it apart based on appearances. GROSS negligence and ignorance will cause the deaths of dogs in this city– their blood is on your hands.

    • You’re right. They should ban all dogs. Then no blood on anyone’s hands. Additionally, there wouldn’t be any shit on anyone’s shoes either.

      • Unfortunately Fred you missed the entire point. Obviously, although not apparent to you, landlords banning dogs prevents them from being adopted out of NYC shelters, so if you were to ban all dogs, there would be even more dog killings— ie more blood. So your *hilarious* sarcastic remark isnt even slightly based on reality. If your problem is with poop, then your problem is with NYC. If you’d like your path to unobstructed from poop, pee, dirt, gum, human saliva, and garbage then I suggest you move to another place because you are going to find the same stuff everywhere you go in NYC.

        Additionally, It is so enlightening to see people recognizing that the world doesn’t revolve around them, and that other people’s choice to have companion animals should have no affect on your choice to not have one and vice versa. So cute, seeing adults joking about killing animals, because thats easier for them to accept then acknowledging that the bottom of their shoes may be dirty. (here’s a hint, take off your shoes when you get home.)

        See, sarcasm is really easy, but at least I can base my sarcastic comments on reality and call it like it is. You need to learn some compassion Fred, what goes around comes around.

        • I found all those things you say I won’t find in NYC right here in Stuy Town until they allowed dogs in. Ergo, get rid of the dogs and the rest of us can have that wonderland back!

  3. The forbidden breed regulation, vetted by their Legal Department, is part of the lease agreement tenants sign with Management. If you don’t believe in this part of the legal contract with Management as per your dog theory, petition Management to change their policy. In the meantime, having a forbidden breed means a tenant lied on their dog registration since registration is on line and depends on the honor system. I assume you are in favor of having tenants registering their dogs here? So a tenant would then have two lease violations. I am always amazed at how people here think their lease agreement is a cafeteria plan legal document. They can pick and choose what portions of the lease they will follow or not follow. Lease violations can subject a tenant to an eviction notice.

    Typical dysfunctional TS lifted the ban without any foresight of the enforcement that needed to be followed. Posting regulations that are not enforced, like the 80% lease carpet requirement, is a joke. BTW, the dogs that are currently here are grandfathered in, they cannot be banned. This is NYC law. See the link provided.

    http://www.nyshcr.org/Rent/opinionletters/Col-1552.htm

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