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Dog’s Birthday Party Gets Busted

October 7, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Every dog has its day _ except for Byron, a 3-year-old Labrador mix whose birthday party ended with a ticket from a parks enforcement officer.

Byron’s owner, Brian Thibeault, 31, was issued a summons for the Aug. 18 party in a Manhattan park by the officer who told him he had to issue an unlawful assembly ticket because there were more than 20 guests (not counting the dogs.)

The party included balloons, goody bags with doggy treats, and a cake from a dog bakery called Wow Bow. Byron, who got a glow-in-the-dark ball and other gifts, even wore his dandiest duds _ a tuxedo made by a neighbor.

Thibeault said he told the officer he didn’t think he needed a permit for the event.

``Everyone was on a leash and everyone was well-behaved,″ Thibeault said. ``There was no barking. There was no music, no noise.″

The case, which was reported in the Daily News today, was dropped Tuesday after the newspaper called the city Parks Department.

``It was a matter of bad judgment,″ an unidentified spokesman said. ``It was unwarranted. A warning should have been issued.″

Parks Commissioner Henry Stern said the rule that a permit is needed for park gatherings is generally used to target very large, organized events like concerts and theatrical performances.

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