Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, rule or regulation, in cities with a population of four hundred thousand or more persons and in the cities of Yonkers and Albany, it shall be the duty of each dog owner or person having possession, custody or control of a dog to remove any feces left by his or her dog on any sidewalk, gutter, street or other public area. Any violation of this section shall constitute a violation punishable by a fine or a civil penalty of not more than two hundred fifty dollars. For the purposes of enforcing the provisions of this section, appearance tickets may be issued by sanitation officers, dog enumerators, or wardens and by any persons authorized to issue tickets for parking violations. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, in the city of New York, such appearance tickets may be returnable to the environmental control board which shall have the power to impose the civil penalties herein provided. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog accompanying any person with a disability, as defined in subdivision twenty-one of section two hundred ninety-two of the executive law .
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