Clean up your pet’s mess, please

We’re bringing attention to those people who are walking their dogs in downtown Lock Haven and allowing their pets to defecate on the sidewalk, and then failing to clean it up.

We’re seeing signs of this in too many places, far too often. In fact, it’s happening in public places all the time.

There are Pooper Scooper Laws.

In fact, Lock Haven is among the many municipalities who have one. Find your community’s law. Here are some provisions of the city’s ordinance:

S2-103. Dogs to be

Leashed On City Property.

It shall be the duty of the owner, custodian, keeper, or parent or guardian of any minor owner, custodian or keeper of any dog, to keep the dog secured on a leash any time the dog is on any City property other than property listed in S2-102 hereof.

S2-105. Fouling of City

Property Prohibited.

It shall be the duty of the owner, custodian or keeper, or the parent or guardian of any minor owner, custodian or keeper of any dog, except seeing eye dogs, to keep the dog from fouling any property not owned by the City, unless the property owner otherwise consents thereto.

S2-106. Complaints;

Prosecution of Violators.

Upon receiving a complaint or information that an owner, custodian, keeper, or parent or guardian of any minor owner, custodian or keeper of any dog has permitted said dog to violate this Part, then the City police, if the facts so warrant, shall prosecute the said owner, custodian, keeper, or the parent or guardian of any minor owner, custodian or keeper of said dog under the terms of this Part.

S2-107. Penalty.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $10 and each succeeding offense shall cause to be issued a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.

Come on, pet owners, obey the laws. And to anyone seeing violations, please report it to the authorities.

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