Pooper scooper ordinance is on the books
by Terra Temple
Jun 25, 2014 | 1471 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a 6-1 vote with Alderman Richard Corzine voting against, the Metropolis City Council adopted an ordinance Monday night requiring animal possessors to pick up and/or remove feces from public and private property.

Alderman Kim Brown was absent from the meeting.

The ordinance is the council’s second attempt at amending Title IX Chapter 90, Animals, of the Code of Metropolis.

That first attempt came in August 2013 with an amendment that sought to add a section prohibiting dogs and other animals upon or within playground areas and playing fields within city parks — the purpose, explained city attorney Rick Abell in June 2013, was because “dog owners are walking or allowing their dogs on playing fields and playground areas but aren’t picking up the mess.” That vote failed 3-4.

After receiving more complaints, a second attempt at a broader ordinance was sought.

The ordinance passed Monday amends Title IX, Chapter 95, Nuisances of the Code of Metropolis requiring owners or possessors of dogs and other animals to pick up and/or remove animal excrement or feces from public and private property.

Corzine said his objection to the ordinance is with the wording “private property,” noting: “That goes back to even if it’s your own property and your own dog, you can be issued a citation for this. . . . It’s not giving the private owner the right to allow their own dog the right to go in their own yard. . . . Your own private property, I think you should be able to do what you want to. . . . One person is the heart of why we’re having to do this, again.”

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