Clean up after your pet in Fayette 10.13.2010

Written by David Green.

Failure to clean up your pet’s messes could become a costly mistake in Fayette. Council members approved Sept. 21 a “nuisance conditions” ordinance to regulate animal waste.

The two main points of the ordinance follow:

• No person shall keep or harbor any animal or fowl in the Municipality so as to create noxious, or offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.

• Any animal that scratches, digs or defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance. Where the owner, keeper or harborer of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner, such nuisance shall be considered abated.

Failure to abide by the new ordinance could lead to a minor misdemeanor charge, which generally results in a fine of $150, said police chief Jason Simon. Repeated violations could lead to a larger fine.

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