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Media Coverage of the Effort to Save Limited Off-leash Hours Policy in NYC Parks

The local New York City media has devoted attention to the lawsuit and the subsequent Health Board and Parks Dept hearings.
So far, most press coverage has been supportive to preserve Off-leash Hours policy.

The New York Times

In Hot Pursuit of Leashless Dogs, March 4, 2007
My Life as a Dog, November 27, 2006
Mad Dogs, August 27, 2006
See Spot Run. Grrr
, April 2, 2006

The New York Post

Park 'Pet' Peeve, February 23, 2007
Paws for Alarm, December 4, 2006
Judge Puts Teeth into Doggie-Unleash Law, December 1, 2006
Leash Nags to Get Muzzled, August 30, 2006
No Leash Law Foes Bite Back, April 2, 2006
Citizens Unleash Park Suit, March 22, 2006

Daily News

Daily News Editorial Supporting Board of Health Amendments to "Leash Law" , December 12, 2006
Park Pooches Get a Leash Break, December 6, 2006
The Leash They Can Do, or Not, December 1, 2006
The Leash of Their Worries at Hearings, November 2, 2006
Give Paws for City's Leash Law
, October 28, 2006
City Paws Plan to Let Dogs Offleash at Night
, September 27, 2006
Let dogs stay unleashed in city parks? Yes., September 24, 2006
City Wants to Unleash Dog Law in Health Code, August 31, 2006

A.M. New York

Dog Leash Drama Nears Grand Finale, February 22, 2007
Parks to Hold Public Hearing on Leash Laws
, January 22, 2006
Health Board Votes to Amend Leash Law, December 5, 2006
Judge Rules in Favor of Off-Leash Dog Hours, November 30, 2006
Both Sides Bark in Off-leash Dog Fight, November 1, 2006
Whiff of Victory for Dog Owners, September 26, 2006
Dog Leash Fight Goes Before Health Board, September 26, 2006
Dog Leash Decision in Judge's Hands
, August 29, 2006
Lawsuit Would Force Dogs Back On Leash, August 28, 2006
Dog Wars Unleashed
, August 2, 2006.
Prospect Park: Where the Dogs Are, August 11, 2006

The New York Sun

A Victory for City Dogs That Prefer to Run Free, December 1, 2006
Much Barking, No Bites at Hearing on Legalizing Off-Leash Dog Policy, November 2, 2006

Associated Press

NYC Dog Ownerrs Log a Win in Parks Dispute, December 1, 2006

WOR 710AM Radio

The Joey Reynolds Show, March 15, 2007, NYCdog Representatives discuss the off-leash issue, (wav file, 251mb, 22 minutes in length)


NYC Dog Fight: To Leash or Not to Leash, November 2, 2006


New York City's 'No Leash Law' Clarified?, February 22, 2007


Unleashing Their Anger, August 4, 2006

New York Magazine

Free-Range Pups, June 26, 2006


Free (Range) Puppies, December 6, 2006

TimeOut NY Readers Poll

81% of respondents to this online poll stated NYC park Offleash Hours should be preserved, September 13, 2006


Dog Owners, Advocates Push For More Publicity Of Off-Leash Hours, November 2, 2006
Residents Debate Dog Leash Law, June 20, 2006

Chelsea Now

Dog Activists Square Off on City Leash Law, March 2, 2007

Queens Ledger

Parks Last Hurdle Before Releasing the Hounds, December 7, 2006
Passions Unleashed, Doggie Style, November 9, 2006
Dog Lovers Promise, August 31, 2006
Parks Doggin' It On Compromise, August 17, 2006
Dog Lovers Clean Juniper Valley Park, May 5, 2006
Dog Pals Offer to Take Civic for a Walk, April 13, 2006
No Dogs...But Lot of Barking at Juniper Civic Meeting, March 30, 2006

Queens TimesLedger

City to Hear Views on Off-leash Laws, January 21, 2007
Power to the Puppies, December 7, 2006
Puppies 1, civic 0, September 14, 2006
Juniper Park Dog Leash Suit Goes to Court, August 30, 2006
Sit, Robert, Sit, April 6, 2006
The Civic Scene: Civics Agree to Back Juniper in Dog Lawsuit, April 6, 2006

Queens Chronicle

Tempers Flair at Hearing Over Off-leash Pet Policy, March 1, 2007
Juniper Civic, Parks Dept. Fail to Settle Leash Suit, August 10, 2006
Juniper Park Leash Lawsuit Moves Forward, June 1, 2006
Leash Law Enforcement Sparks Juniper Park Suit, March 23, 2006

Queens Times NewsWeekly

Judge Ends Leash Law Litigation, December 7, 2006
A Juniper Valley Park Dog Run Can Protect And Unite The Community, March 30, 2006

Queens Tribune

Civic Won't Roll Over on Leash Law, March 2, 2007
Court Rules for Dogs Off The Leash, Dec. 14, 2006

Queens Courier

Set the Dogs Free, March 1, 2007

The Brooklyn Papers

Parks: Off-leash Law Will Be Official ASAP, Dec. 16, 2006
Dogs Win!, Sept. 9, 2006
Lawsuit Leaves Dog Owners Fit to be Tied
, July 15, 2006

The Brooklyn Graphic

Official Off-Leash Hours Headed for the Books, September 14, 2006

The Brooklyn Courier-Life

Woof! Woof! Fido is Free to Roam - Off-leash Hours Officially Designated, December 8, 2006

The Staten Island Advance

City to Let Dogs Off-leash in Parks at Certain Hours, December 6, 2006

WNBC Radio

Dog Watchers Aim to Tighten NYC Leash Laws, August 29, 2006

New York Tails Magazine

Off Leash Outlaws: War Declared on Unleashed Dogs in NYC, undated


NYCdog representatives on the steps of the State Supreme Court in Queens on August 29, 2006 give a press conference while inside the courthouse, a judge hears oral arguments in the case that threatens to end Offleash Hours.

Video Reports

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Bob Marino, NYCdog President, speaks with the media during the courthouse press conference on August 29, 2006

Matthew Greller, an attorney from the Law Firm of Blank, Rome, LLP was part of the pro bono legal team that represented NYCdog to support the NYC Parks Department in the Offleash Hours case. The Law Firm of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP were the main pro bono attorneys that drafted NYCdog's Cross-Motion to Intervene in the Case on the side of Parks. A big thanks in particular to Andrew Otis and Dora Straus who represented NYCdog in front of Judge Peter J. Kelly on Aug. 29.

Press Clipping from a New York Sun article regarding a NYCdog Press Conference held November 1, 2006 in front of the NYC Health Department building prior to the Health Board Meeting to discuss amendments to the City's "Leash Law."