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Ride Sharing

For one, licensed dog kennels are losing business, in much the same way that ride sharing apps such as Uber have significantly hurt the taxi business. This is not just a concern for those businesses, however. Less business for kennels could result in lack of capital to continue to operate, thereby denying those who wish for a more official system of pet care the option to have their pet taken care of by a kennel (or at least limiting the number of kennels in New York City that they have to choose from). The probable downsizing of business for kennels also is likely to result in less tax income for New York City, which could have negative consequences for the city’s planned infrastructure improvements as well as its budget in general. Lastly, apps that help unlicensed dog sitters hurt business for licensed kennels, and these kennels are understandably against that purely for the loss of profit in addition to everything else.

Some have pointed out health concerns about unlicensed kennels, given the large increase in a number of dog sitters in New York City and the likely increase in a number of dogs in one building. Public concerns such as health and sanitation, and concern for the amount of noise that a local dog sitter could have bothering their neighbors is a valid concern, but that doesn’t explain why those who care for their own pet legally cannot do the same for others. In short, if it is legal for a New York City resident to own and care for a pet, why is it illegal to essentially temporarily own another dog?

The recently enforced law is raising numerous other questions on the logic of its enforcement. For instance, it is perfectly legal to be paid to care for someone else’s pet in their home. While some would say that this is preferable to dog sitting in one’s own home, it raises a host of issues. If someone on vacation is uncomfortable with giving a stranger access to their house, then they must either cancel their vacation or potentially travel far out of their way to a licensed kennel, likely spending far more money. It is also much less likely to get a New Yorker in trouble if they are pet sitting for their friends or family for free. The main issue seems to be that people are getting paid for these services, not that the services of dog sitting and dog walking from the same residence are causing problems themselves.

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