New York State Leash Law (Dog Laws Every Owner Should Know)

While New Yorkers may get a reputation as tough-minded, resilient people, it's clear that New York State has a soft spot for dogs. In fact, there are more than 600,000 dogs in New York City alone.


Given the prevalence of these bites and the risk to public safety, it stands to reason that New York State has implemented laws designed to reduce the risk of dog bites as well as other laws that improve the well-being of dogs and the state's residents. Here are the essential New York state dog laws every owner in the state should know.







New York State does not have a state-wide leash law, contrary to what some in the state may believe. Instead, these laws are independently determined by localities. For example, Albany requires dogs to be restrained by an "adequate collar and leash" controlled by someone at least 12 years old if they are on public property in Albany.New York City leash law, for its part, requires dogs to be on a leash no more than six feet long. It is also illegal to tie or chain a dog for longer than three hours.In effect, make sure that you are following your local area's leash laws since those are the laws that will inform what is lawful in your area.




New York City also prohibits shelters from releasing dogs eight weeks or older for adoption unless the dog has been neutered or spayed. While exceptions can be made if a veterinarian finds that such a procedure could endanger the dog's life, but generally, adoption will require spaying or neutering.







  • 无正当理由攻击人或另一伴侣动物,并造成身体伤害或死亡。
  • 其行为方式让有理智的人认为会对人或其他伴侣动物造成迫在眉睫的、严重的和不合理的严重伤害或死亡威胁。
  • 无正当理由攻击服务犬、导盲犬或助听犬并造成身体伤害或死亡


  • 死亡原因
  • 带来死亡风险
  • 导致毁容
  • Impairs someone's health or function of bodily organs in a protracted manner


If you believe an owner's actions have caused you to suffer from a dog bite or a dog attack, you need to take steps to protect your legal rights allowed under New York State law. If you have questions about your legal options, a New York premises liability lawyer can help you understand your next steps.

What steps should be taken after a dog bite? First, you will need to report the bite, which you can do by calling 311. From there, talk to a New York dog attack lawyer who will help you navigate the legal process and will ensure your rights are protected as a dog bite victim.

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