Animal waste left in public areas and in neighborhood yards is a familiar complaint called into our Animal Care & Control department. As much as neighbors might enjoy seeing your dog, they do not enjoy seeing what he leaves behind. Now that warmer temperatures are here, dogs will be spending more time outside and enjoying walks in city parks. As a reminder, sanitation law requires citizens to remove animal waste immediately from public lands and from the property of another. Citizens must also maintain their own animal areas in a sanitary manner regularly and as often as necessary to prevent odor, or health and sanitation problems.
When sharing common areas, be considerate of where you take your dog to eliminate. Although it is not a legal requirement to remove animal urine, allowing a dog to eliminate in public areas where children play is unsanitary. If you encounter an on-going problem concerning sanitation, report the concern to Animal Care & Control at 427-1244. If at all possible, a timely photograph has been known to result in a $50 citation to the animal’s owner.