New York City Co-Op Demands Dog Breed Proof, DNA Testing

A luxury New York City apartment building is now requiring dog owners to provide proof of their dog's breed — a policy that some residents say is discriminatory.

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Residents are required to prove their dog's breed, because certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, are prohibited. sanjagrujic/iStock/Thinkstock
Residents are required to prove their dog's breed, because certain breeds, such as Pit Bulls, are prohibited. sanjagrujic/iStock/Thinkstock

Some are calling it discrimination of the furry kind.

One New York City co-op board has instituted a new policy requiring dog-owning residents to provide proof of their pooch’s pedigree, reports DNAinfo. Proof can come in the form of a letter from a veterinarian or, if the breed or mix of breeds is unknown, the board may require the resident to have their dog’s DNA tested.

Currently, 27 dog breeds are banned under the policy — from toy breeds like Shih Tzu to larger ones, such as Pit Bulls and German Shepherds. The policy reportedly is designed to force out dog breeds the board finds troublesome in the 42-floor luxury building, which is located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Shih Tzu owners and their pups are unwelcome at one New York residence building. Via Russ Sanderlin/Flickr

Some toy breeds, like the Shih Tzu, are unwelcome at the luxury NYC residence. Via Russ Sanderlin/Flickr

The decision “was made with the well-being of all who reside in the building in mind, including registered pets,” the board wrote in a statement to NBC4 New York. “The testing policy may have been misconstrued by some shareholders as a mandate, which is not the case.

“We understand the significance of pets in people’s lives, and will gladly work with residents to answer questions and address concerns they may have to assure them about the purpose and application of the policy.”

Although, as DNAInfo reports, the veterinarian’s certification and DNA test are new to the co-op’s pet policy, the board began banning 27 dog breeds from the building since at least 2011. This is not making dog-owning residents any happier.

“It’s like dog racism essentially,” one dog-owning resident told DNAInfo. “It’s beyond offensive, it’s intrusive.”

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