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06.09.15 Liam Mathews

DNAinfo made an interactive map of all the complaints to 311 for illegal pets between January 2014 and January 2015, and it’s pretty fascinating. Most of the complaints in the boroughs are about roosters and chickens, and most of the complaints in Manhattan are about the person or persons who stand on the street holding […]

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05.11.15 Liam Mathews

Imagine a future city where all pets are replaced by robots. The city is too crowded and too expensive for anyone but the wealthiest to have pets, so robots like Sony’s AIBO robotic dog have replaced them. Dogs don’t have to be walked. Litter boxes don’t have to be cleaned. The shelters are empty. Ferrets […]

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04.10.15 Liam Mathews

Last month, a startup called Party NYC launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a product called Disco Dog, an LED-light-equipped vest for dogs. It seemed very silly. Now, DNAInfo reports, it’s very successful: with a little more than two days left in the campaign, the project has raised more than $5000 over its goal. […]

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03.24.15 Liam Mathews

A gray and white cat turned himself in on his own recognizance to the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights yesterday, DNAinfo reports. Officers took to Twitter to try to find his owner after the cat waltzed into the building like he owns the place. “This cat walked into the 34 Pct today. Officer Andrea DiNella […]

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03.19.15 Liam Mathews

If you have a shitty dog that no one pays attention to when you’re walking around, or you have a cool dog that you want to draw even more attention to…or you’re a tech industry dingbat who wants everyone to know how much you love wearable technology…OR you like spending way too much money on […]

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03.12.15 Liam Mathews

On Tuesday, the NYC Board of Health failed to come to a consensus on whether or not to legalize possession of pet ferrets in the city. The vote was 3-2 in favor of lifting the ban, but five voters on the 10-member board abstained. Since neither side was able to secure a majority vote, the […]

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03.10.15 Liam Mathews

The New York City Board of Health voted on Tuesday to uphold the citywide ban on ferrets as pets. The board voted 3-2 in favor of lifting the ban, but four board members abstained, and the motion needed six votes to pass. Board members who voted in favor of the ban expressed concern about bites, […]

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Nicholas Rohaidy & Michael Weinfeld

Last month, the American Kennel Club released findings of the most beloved dog breeds in NYC. But what about the pets that don’t find a home in the city? ANIMAL looked at data from NYC Animal Care & Control spanning from 2010 to 2014 and found some interesting things. The good news first: rates of […]

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01.02.15 Prachi Gupta

For 15 years, ever since Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani shared his disgust for ferrets and implied their owners were mentally ill in a now-infamous radio exchange, ferret owners in New York City have been battling a stigma enforced by policy. Ferrets, lumped by Guiliani’s administration in the same category as lions or tigers, were said […]

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12.18.14 Rhett Jones

The New York City Council passed a bill on Wednesday banning the sale of bunny rabbits. Pet rabbits have become an issue at city shelters, where owners bring them after experiencing buyer’s remorse. According to Reuters: Animal Care & Control of NYC, a shelter contracted by the city, said it took in 376 rabbits between January […]

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