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NEW YORK (AP) — A popular online pet-care network is taking aim at a New York City law that makes unlicensed paid pet-sitting illegal.

The Daily News ( ) says Seattle-based hopes to get the law changed.

The city grants permits to boarding facilities but not home pet-sitters. Fines start at $1,000.

Health Department spokesman Julien Martinez says licensing and inspections safeguard the health and safety of both pets and people.

But a spokesman says that many pet owners prefer a home environment for their pets and that home care can be cheaper and easier than boarding.

City Councilman Corey Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, is planning legislation to revise what he calls an impractical and “antiquated” law.


Information from: Daily News,