The cities have requested I do an article on the basic information about leash laws and poop scooping. Apparently there are violations all over the place. Maybe these people just moved to the area? Maybe they think the law does not apply to them? Maybe they just are unaware for some reason? Please follow these basic common sense ordinances for the safety and cleanliness of the community and for your pet.
Leash laws (containment law) are required for any dog you own, baby sit, that visits or that you feed. It does not matter how much voice control you have, nor how well behaved the pet is. Size, weight and breed do not matter. It needs a leash. There are people out there with “electronic leashes”, but in most all of my cities these are not recognized as a form of control. The only thing they accomplish is causing discomfort that could be redirected to another animal or human. Certain breed types will get more aggressive with electronic leashes. I do not recommend them, and in most cities you will still get cited for no leash if you have one. Also please note: service animals are required to follow all laws and need a leash as well.
Cats need to stay in your home or on your property if they are not spayed/neutered. If you feed strays, they are yours and you will be cited if they venture off your property and are unaltered. Spay/neuter for cats is free so there is no excuse not to have this done! Contact me for a free cat spay or neuter 859-292-3622. It is not fair for the city and your neighbors to deal with your pets. You chose to have them; you can be responsible and keep them under control.
Clean up excrement. This would be if you are walking your pet or if your pet goes in your own yard. Keep it cleaned up. Your pet does not need to be stepping in it or around it in your yard. And your neighbor does not need to be stepping in it or dealing with it on their property.
If you follow these simple rules, you will enjoy the outdoors with your pet and make it a positive experience for your neighbors as well. The more you take your dog out with you, the more it will learn to behave and act like a good Canine Citizen. However, it all starts with the owner being a responsible, knowledgeable and considerate pet parent. Thank you so much to all the great pet owners out there who do this daily that I never have to worry about.
Submitted by: Terri Baker, Animal Control
Dayton Community News