Fayette considers "pooper-scooper" law 07.28.10

Written by David Green.

Complaints about animal feces has prompted Fayette village council to consider an amendment to the village nuisance ordinance.

Council members heard the first reading of a proposed amendment to create a “pooper scooper” law that also addressed offensive odors caused by animals.

The amendment reads that “no person shall keep or harbor any animal or fowl so as to create noxious or offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort and safety of the public.”

The first offense would be considered a minor misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would be considered fourth degree misdemeanors.

The ordinance would outlaw scratching and digging on public property or property not owned by the animal’s owner. In addition, if an animal defecates on public property or on property not owned by the animal’s owner, the feces must be removed and disposed of in a sanitary manner.

The first offense would result in a written warning. The second offense would bring a minor misdemeanor charge. Subsequent offenses within a three-year period would be considered fourth degree misdemeanors.

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