New York City's parks department has been fined $5,000 for failing to put up signs about leashing dogs in Riverside Park.
The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court said Tuesday the agency ignored a 2004 court order to post the signs. They began putting them up in 2010.
The decision overturned a ruling by a state Supreme Court justice who said the city didn't have to pay a fine.
The leash law was enforced despite the lack of signs. Dog owners say they've paid fines for years because they didn't know it was illegal to have pets off a leash within five blocks of the park's dog runs.
The parks department said it didn't think a fine was warranted.