UWS woman arrested for walking her dogs without a leash

Ruff break. 

An Upper West Side woman was handcuffed, tossed into a police holding cell and handled like a felony throughout a minor infraction — walking her two dogs without a leash in Riverside Park, she instructed The Post. 

Dora Marchand, 29, took her two mini Australian shepherds Comet and Sophie out for a stroll on August 4 and solely took doggy luggage and her keys with her — forsaking the leashes, her cellphone and identification. 

Marchand, a current transplant from San Francisco who solely moved to town a week earlier, was nearly to depart the inexperienced house when a Parks Enforcement officer known as her over and reprimanded her for not having the dogs on a leash, which is required within the park. 

“He was just like ‘OK, you don’t have a leash. Just don’t do it again.’ He gave a warning,” Marchand, a tech recruiter, recalled Wednesday. 

Dora Marchand posing with her two dogs Sophie (left) and Comet (right) in her temporary apartment in New York on Aug. 11, 2021.
Dora Marchand posing with her two dogs Sophie (left) and Comet (proper) in her non permanent condo in New York on Aug. 11, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

“And then this other guy came across a field, I guess that’s like his partner, and he was like, ‘No, no, no, we’re gonna have to write you up.’” 

The officer requested for her data however Marchand couldn’t keep in mind the tackle of the sublet she’d simply moved into and he mentioned he had no alternative however to place her in handcuffs and produce her to a close by police precinct to ensure she didn’t have any “warrants.” 

Video of the incident, first reported by the West Side Rag, exhibits two officers and a Parks Department supervisor standing round Marchand, who has her palms cuffed round her again. 

Though unleashed, Comet and Sophie additionally stood obediently close by, circling round their proprietor as one of many officers tried in useless to herd them into wire cages. Off digital camera, the officer who initiated the arrest gleefully defined how he’d use an electrical follow shock them into coercion. 

Marchand was walking her two dogs in Riverside Park when she was handcuffed and arrested for not having them on a leash.
Marchand was walking her two dogs in Riverside Park when she was handcuffed and arrested for not having them on a leash.
Christopher Sadowski

“He was excited about the rangers having the electric sticks or something to shock. He was like, ‘Oh, yeah, they’re gonna get them. It’s gonna work,’ ” Marchand recalled. 

“I was like, ‘Really, you’re excited about this?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, it’s gonna work. They’re not gonna like it, but [they’re] gonna go inside and we’re gonna finish it.’ … I was like, ‘That’s weird that you’re excited about that.’ ”

Marchand provided to stroll the officer over to her condo, which was simply across the nook, so she may show the place she lived and present him her identification however she mentioned he refused.

With assist from a passerby, she managed to name her boyfriend who got here to the park with leashes and Marchand’s ID however nonetheless, it wasn’t sufficient, and she or he was pressured to go to the precinct.

Dora Marchand speaking to a reporter in her temporary apartment in New York, NY on August 11, 2021. Marchand was walking her two dogs, Comet (pictured) and Sophie, in Riverside Park when she was handcuffed and arrested for not having them on a leash.
Dora Marchand’s canine Comet.
Christopher Sadowski

Marchand’s boyfriend returned dwelling with each dogs in tow.

Once on the precinct, Marchand mentioned she was handled like a “real” felony — officers stripped her of her sneakers and made her take away the strings from her pants as she sat in a holding cell, listening to NYPD cops rib the parks officer for even bringing her in. 

“They were kind of all laughing like, ‘This is not fascist Germany, we don’t arrest people for like not having dogs on the leash,’ ” she mentioned. 

Marchand was issued two tickets and could also be pressured to pay as much as $525 in fines for a state of affairs that she mentioned was utterly blown out of proportion.

Dora Marchand walking her two dogs Sophie and Comet without a leash in New York, NY on August 11, 2021.
Dora Marchand walking her two dogs Sophie and Comet without a leash on Aug. 11, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

“They’re not trying to maul anybody. They’re not trying to attack anybody, and they don’t go up to people, even if they’re just like, ‘Hey, come here puppy!’ They don’t even do that because it’s like they know they have a job, which is keep an eye on mom, herd her, make sure she’s safe,’ ” Marchand mentioned of her pups. 

“I feel like there’s other things to worry about.” 

In response, a spokesperson for the Parks Department mentioned “education is always our first course of action” however Marchand “refused to comply with the rules as stated by both [Parks Enforcement Patrol officers] and signage on site.” 

“The patron also became confrontational and did not cooperate when asked for identification information,” the spokesperson mentioned, a declare Marchand emphatically denied. 

Dora Marchand walking her two dogs, Comet and Sophie, in Riverside Park when she was handcuffed and arrested for not having them on a leash.
Dora Marchand was handcuffed and arrested for not having her dogs on a leash in Riverside Park.
Richard Baron Penman

“Parks Enforcement Officers attempted to issue a summons to a female patron in Riverside Park for two unleashed dogs on the soccer field. When she could not produce identification, she was taken to the local precinct where her identification was verified.” 

The company famous “handcuffs are standard” when transporting anybody to the precinct to make sure the “safety and protection of our officers.” 

Additional reporting by Mark Lungariello

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