Do you have a Dog?
This spring City Council Members and staff have noticed a lot of dog feces in City parks, on roadways, along sidewalks and walking trails and on others private property. Some people might think that worrying about domestic animals is "Small Stuff" or not something to worry about. Did you know that dog feces can contain Round Worm and that it has been linked to coli form and streptococci bacterial? This is not meant to put everyone in a panic, but we have a growing problem with people walking their dogs and not cleaning up after them. Not only is it unsightly, but it can smell, kill grass and in some cases cause people to be sick.
City Code addresses this issue stating it is a misdemeanor to allow domestic animals to defecate upon any public streets, sidewalk, right-of-way, park , or other public property or private property, unless said person immediately removes and disposes of such waste in a sanitary manor. It also states that any person in violation of this ordinance if convicted shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. Each day in which a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. If caught the police department will enforce this strictly. This same penalty is effective for those found guilty of allowing their dog to run off lead when not on their personal property.