Category Archives: New York

Village of Suffern, NY: Proposal to add Rottweilers to BSL, April 5

Edit 4/15: The proposal was dropped after council was made aware of state law prohibiting BSL. No word whether they intend to rescind the BSL currently in place for “pit bulls.”

Crossposted–this is all the information I have. (Thanks to Pawsitive Attention Pet Services for sending it my way.)

Please keep correspondence with town officials polite and informative. Please note that NY state law prohibits breed-specific legislation.

Suffern Village Board Meeting
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010, 7:30 PM
Location: Suffern Municipal Building, 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901

Village Board Contact Info
Mayor Dagan LaCorte,
John Meehan, Trustee,
Patricia “Trish” Abato, Trustee,
Andrew C. Haggerty, Trustee
Bruce Simon, Trustee

Suffern, NY Village Board Seeks to Label Rottweilers as “Vicious Dogs” on Monday, April 5

The Village of Suffern, New York, will consider adding Rottweilers to its list of “vicious dogs” at its board meeting on Monday, April 5, at 7:45 p.m. This is an opportunity to express concerns with its current breed-specific policies and request that they be repealed.

The village already deems “pit bulls” to be vicious – including American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, Bull Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers registered with the AKC are exempted.

Current village law mandates that owners of vicious dogs must keep their dogs muzzled and on a leash no more than 3 feet long when not confined. Owners must also place signs along the perimeters of their property to warn the public of the vicious dog on the premises.

Suffern Village Board Meeting
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010, 7:30 PM
Location: 61 Washington Avenue, Suffern, New York 10901

Submit a letter to the village board, city attorney and mayor. All letters must be hand-delivered to the Village of Suffern Municipal Building or faxed to (845) 357-0649. If you fax a letter, be sure to state a request on the cover page that your letter be distributed to the board and city attorney prior to the meeting on Monday evening.

New York City: Pit bulls at shelters surge after NYCHA restrictions

Previous alerts and info about the NYCHA restrictions:

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

BY Amy Sacks
Saturday, January 9th 2010, 4:00 AM

For most of his short life, Chase was able to enjoy the creature comforts of a safe, cozy home.

But for the last three weeks, the 2-year-old waggy-tailed, face-licking pup has instead been locked up in a steel cage at a noisy Manhattan shelter.

He is among the 171 unfortunate dogs surrendered to city shelters by their owners since April, after the New York City Housing Authority reduced the weight limit from 40 to 25 pounds and restricted specific breeds, including Pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans, either pure or mixed.

“Chase could not be friendlier, but he is condemned not for his character but for his weight and breed,” said Kevan Cleary[…]

Full article retrieved on 2/3/10 from

Kingston, NY: Free training available for pit bulls, owners

Free training means a safer community. I’m not sure what the article means when it says the free training is for “young people.”

Free training available for pit bulls, owners

Published: Friday, October 30, 2009
Freeman staff

KINGSTON — Starting Monday, young people in the city who own pit bulls can take part in a free training program geared at teaching the dogs basic manners and the owners responsibility.

[…] Train-A-Bull will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. the next six Mondays at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, which is at 122 Clinton Ave. in Midtown Kingston.

The training is free. To sign up, call (845) 399-6136.

Full article retrieved 10/30/09 from