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Dog Poop Wars

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There are two types of New Yorkers: those who leave their dog's crap on the sidewalk and those who want the city streets to be shit-free. The battle started more than 40 years ago in Brooklyn Heights when neighborhood dog-owners were outraged at the thought of having to clean up after their pets. The city's EPA commissioner proposed a $25 fine (fines start at $250 today) for anyone who failed to clean up their dog's crap, a law that one animal advocate called "a barefaced attempt to get rid of dogs in New York City." The law passed in 1978, and dogs are still welcome. Their poop, however, is not. [BHB; previously]