NYC Fined for Failing to Post Dog Leash Signs

The decision overturned a ruling by a state Supreme Court justice who said the city didn't have to pay a fine

Wednesday, Oct 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:36 AM EDT
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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.    
 

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