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Law Regarding the Removal of Animal Fecal Matter

Removing Fecal Matter (Ordinance §210.230):

Section 210.230 Removing Fecal Matter — Possession of Removal Equipment — Violation and Penalties.

[CC 1984 §6-43; Ord. No. 3140 §6-24.1; Ord. No. 3672(A) §1, 8-18-1980; Ord. No. 4938 §1, 6-6-2005]

A. Removing Fecal Matter.

  1. It shall be unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to remove fecal matter deposited by his animal on public property or public easement or private property of another, before the owner leaves the immediate area where the fecal matter was deposited.
  2. It shall be unlawful for an owner to allow the accumulation of animal feces or manure in any open area, run, cage or yard wherein animals are kept and to fail to remove or dispose of feces or manure at least once every twenty-four (24) hours.

B. Possession Of Removal Equipment. It shall be unlawful for the owner or handler of any animal to fail to have in their possession the equipment necessary to remove their animal’s fecal matter when accompanied by said animal on public property or public easement or private property of another.

C. Violation And Penalties. Any person found guilty of violating Subsections (A) and (B) of this Section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished:

  1. By a fine of not less than twenty dollars ($20.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first (1st) offense; or
  2. For the second (2nd) and subsequent offenses occurring within one (1) year, a fine of not less than thirty dollars ($30.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).
  3. The minimum fines provided for by this Section are mandatory minimums and shall not be suspended or deferred, except in cases in which the court determines that the defendant is indigent and unable to pay any fine.

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