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From http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_newsroom/daily_plants/daily_plant_main.php?id=10169 (we’re giving you the URL in case the DOPR deletes it and you need to find an archived copy of the website):
THIRTEEN YEARS AGO IN THE PLANT
(Friday, July 8, 1988)
PARKS CRACKS DOWN ON UNLEASHED DOGS
In an effort to cut down on the danger from dogs running loose through Central Park, Parks is stepping up enforcement of the law against unleashed dogs. Since May 13, when the new policy went into effect, the Parks Enforcement Patrol (PEP) has reassigned officers to pursue and ticket the owners of unleashed dogs in the park. As a result, between May 13 and July 2, PEPs issued 270 unleashed dog summonses as well as 12 summonses for unlicensed dogs and 5 for animal nuisances. An unleashed dog summons carries a $50 fine.
“Danger from dogs running loose”. Why are they less dangerous now? And “successful 20-year policy”?