In New York City, the following is required:
A microchip implant with either a microchip (1,2 or 3) or a tattoo (a collar) on one of your ears.
An identification card with your home address on it, which is required if you live outside of Manhattan.
No cats or dogs with an elevated temperature, fever or respiratory problems.
No other animals on your leash except for service animals (including service dogs that are used to get the homeless off the street) or animal companions.
You can learn more about dog registration for children, adoptions, and liability here.
Is it legal for anyone to feed any dog?
It is against the law for anyone (excluding the NYPD) to feed any dog in Manhattan, unless you have the proper permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene or police. While the city doesn’t really regulate dog feeders, there is usually a limit on the amount of food that can be put on the front door. Dogs cannot get on the street without a permit, or at least be leashed. There is an exception to the “no dogs on streets” rule for service dogs and service animals. You can read more about those permits here.
How are dogs and cats removed from the streets and taken to shelters?
Dogs and cats are most often removed from the streets during the late afternoon hours. Sometimes people will ask for a pet sitter or an adoption fee to cover the costs of the animal and its removal. They may also ask a small fee to take the animal to an animal shelter for adoption. Usually, the shelter will give you a form to fill out and the animal will be dropped off at your home. If you don’t have a place you can stay for the time it’s taken, it is best to get the pet up to your bedroom door. Some agencies will help you pay costs associated with transporting an animal to the shelter and some may provide you with an adoption fee. A list of pet stores and other places is provided as a guide.
What are the dog walkers’ rights?
It’s the responsibility of the dog walker who is keeping the dog in the location where he has been for his intended purpose. A dog walker can only physically restrict the dog to the location he’s been for that purpose but cannot restrain the dog, unless it is necessary to take him to a shelter or animal control. A dog can be taken by animal