Vicious and Threatening
New York, NY - On the heels of the U.S. Army (a federal institution) banning dangerous dog breeds from all U.S. base housing facilities, the New York City Housing Authority (a city, state and federally funded institution) followed suit. As of Friday, pit bulls, rottweilers and dobermans are banned from all city housing projects. Residents who currently own these breeds can keep them as long as they register their animals in the next 48 hours.
According to their Fact Sheet, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority (PHA) in North America. NYCHA's housing program has 177,976 apartments throughout the city in 2,618 residential buildings. NYCHA has 12,260 employees serving 173,731 families and 402,370 authorized residents. A total of 633,637 people, about 1 in 13 New Yorkers, are served by NYCHA's Public Housing and Section 8 Programs.
"If NYCHA were a city, it would rank 19th in population size in the United States, with New York City ranked first."
New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, who has unsuccessfully lobbied state legislators to ban pit bulls, said, "Finally someone is realizing that these potentially dangerous animals have no place in a confined urban space." City housing officials said that residents urged them to ban the dogs that they claim are too "vicious and threatening." A pit bull owner was cited in the article as well, who called his 6-year old pit bull named Chopper, "his baby."
The article also quoted the New York City-based ASPCA. The ASPCA decries breed-specific laws as "discriminatory," yet launched an advertising campaign last October that "specifically" targeted blacks and Latinos to help reduce the number of unsterilized pit bulls and rottweilers. The ASPCA also pushes pit bull adoptions and distorts the dangers of pit bulls to the American public, but does not distort these same dangers to shelter workers.
04/18/09: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Bans Dangerous Dog Breeds
03/17/09: U.S. Army Adopts Breed Restriction Policy for RCI Privatized Housing
10/22/08: ASPCA Wants to Reduce Number of Pit Bulls in New York City
07/13/08: Mauled Staten Island Man Fighting For Life