New York – It must have been extremely quiet on the streets of Manhattan last weekend. The New York Post shares one woman and her 4 dogs’ run-in with the law on November 13.
Jin Won, 35, was walking her 4 Maltese dogs on the Upper East Side when a police officer started to interrogate her about rabies vaccinations.
According to Won, the police officer was in a police van, slowly driving by Won and her dogs. The officer rolled down her window and asked Won if all of her dogs were vaccinated. Won told the officer that yes indeed, the dogs were vaccinated.
All four dogs were wearing their rabies tags that clearly showed the vet’s name, and the year “2009”, which indicates when the vaccination was given. The dogs were given the 3 year rabies vaccination which would not expire until 2012.
The officer proceeded to ask Won why the tags didn’t say “2010” and proceeded to ask Won if she had her paperwork with her. (When was the last time that you walked your dog with his rabies certification slip?)
The police officer seemed to be on a mission – four small dogs, all leashed, tagged and walking on the sidewalk were not good enough. Won was handed a ticket by the officer, but allowed to continue her walk.
Now, Won has to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on January 25 to face charges – even though she brought her veterinary paperwork to the police station the next day, asking that the charges be dropped.
According to Won’s vet, Dr. Daniel Giangola, Won’s dogs did in fact receive their 3 year rabies vaccinations in 2009. Take a peek at your own dog’s rabies tag – they do not print when they expire on the tags – just when they were given.
It would seem that the police officer that issued Won her citation not only does not own a dog, but doesn’t have any idea about how these rabies tags should look….either it was an extremely slow day of crime in Manhattan, or the city is facing such a serious budget deficit that no one is safe from being issued a ridiculous ticket. What a story…..
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