Thursday, July 20, 2017

NYC Statists Want to Enforce Law That Requires a License for Pet Sitting

Health Department rules ban anyone from taking money to care for an animal outside a licensed kennel — and the department has warned a popular pet-sitting app that its users are breaking the law, reports The New York Daily News.

NYC Health Department general counsel Thomas Merrill sent a letter last October to, which has since been bought by Rover, warning that its users were breaking the law and asking the company to require sitters to confirm they have a license before joining up. The app has not done so.

The company has 95,000 pet owners registered in the city, and 9,000 sitters, who brought in $4.1 million over the last year.

. “You [are telling] the middle class you can’t own dogs unless you can pop in your Range Rover and drive to Connecticut for a boarding facility,” Rover’s general counsel John Lapham. said.

The Daily News notes that no full-scale crackdown followed, but at least two apartment residents were slapped with violations in November and December for caring for pets without a permit. Fines start at $1,000.

Note, this statist advance appears to be coming from apartment dwellers who don't want their neighbors sitting for pets. I get it. But the solution shouldn't be calling in the state but rather a Private Property Society solution. Let each building owner set the rules for his building,
No need for draconian statist "solutions" that simply pit one special interest group against the other.


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