NEW YORK (AP) The nanny-state of the New York City neighborhood is coming to an end.
On Friday, the city will begin removing all dog kennels in parks and recreation areas and requiring dog owners to submit to health and veterinary examinations, among other changes.
It’s the first phase of the city’s dog ban, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2020.
New York City’s ban on outdoor dog ownership was approved by voters in 2004.
It applies to the city and its suburbs, but not to the boroughs.
It has drawn widespread criticism for a lack of enforcement, a lack, for instance, of public awareness of the ban.
The dog ban is the second-largest citywide ban in the country, according to the National Coalition for Dog Breeds.
New Yorkers are among the most likely to be fined under the ban, according an analysis of federal data by the Dog and Cat Advocacy Project.
A 2016 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the organization that regulates the pet industry, estimated that about 15% of dogs are euthanized annually in New Jersey, the most populous state in the U.S.
The city has a long history of dog-owning behavior problems.
A study by the nonprofit Animal Equality found that the city has the third-highest rate of dog bites in the nation, behind only San Francisco and Los Angeles.
It’s one of the few places in the world where dogs are allowed on sidewalks, according the American Veterinary Medical Association.
It is not clear how many dogs are kept on city streets or whether owners are required to report them to police.