Oh, sure, you might think New York is going to the dogs—unless you happen to own one. Then you know better. There are a million laws in the naked city, and animals aren't exempt. You know about the leash law; you know about the pooper scoopers; you know that your dog, like your car, must be licensed in order to be legal. (If you don't know all that, check out New York City's top three dog laws, quick!) But that's far from all, and don't forget—you're the one who'll pay the fines for Fido's transgressions. CitySearch delves deep into the underworld of New York animals to bring you more details on how you and your pet—of whatever persuasion—can live lawfully.

Dogs may be man's best friend, but here in New York, we're not cutting them any slack. Puppies are practically as regulated as people. But even a dog's gotta let go sometime. Thankfully, there are still places in the city where Rover can run free—legally. And don't think you can get around the dog laws by picking a more esoteric animal companion. Turns out the city has rules about that, too, and the city's list of permissible pets may surprise you—especially you ferret-lovers. You're living outside the law!

Whatever pet you choose, and even if you don't, there's stuff you have to know —how to complain about a barking dog, how to report a mistreated Siamese, what to do if you're bitten by a stray, even how to adopt a cat—no license, no pooper scooper, no walking!

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