26Jan 2019

The Law of Poop: Ohio Dog Poop Codes, Violations, Ordinances & Penalties

The Law of Poop: Ohio Dog Poop Codes, Violations, Ordinances & Penalties

Dog poop can be a serious thing, especially when you’re taking a stroll down the street and step on a pile that was left behind.  There’s nothing worse than picking up after your own dog (or hiring a company like The Poo Pros) but then the “other guy” doesn’t do his job and there you are, cleaning poop off the bottom of your shoe.   Thankfully, there’s some laws and ordinances that have been put in place by local jurisdictions.  So if you happen to have a neighbor who just refuses to pick up after his or her dog and their target zone is typically your front lawn, then there’s some legal recourse for you.  In most cases, each one of those piles of poop can see the responsible party faced to pay upwards of $50-$100 in fines, it’s also a minor misdemeanor offense which would go on their criminal record.  Crazy right?  Let’s take a look at 10 local Northeast Ohio cities that have ordinances in place.

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North Ridgeville’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor

618.22 COLLECTION AND REMOVAL OF ANIMAL FECES.

(a) The feces deposited by the defecation of any animal upon any public or private property, other than that of the owner of the animal or the person in charge thereof, creates an unsanitary and unhealthy condition and is hereby declared a nuisance.

(b) Where the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately, and before taking such animal from the area where the defecation occurred, cleans the area and removes the feces and disposes of it in a sanitary manner in a proper receptacle, the nuisance shall be considered abated.

(c) This section does not apply to guide dogs under the control of a visually impaired person.

(d) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. (Ord. 4597-2008. Passed 10-6-08.)

North Olmsted’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor & $50 fine!

505.081 MATERIAL TO REMOVE DOG FECES.

(a) No person shall walk, or otherwise have in his or her custody or control, any dog upon any public property, including streets, sidewalks, public parks, parkways and alleys, unless the person has in his or her possession, and in plain view, readily usable materials or implements sufficient to remove and to dispose of lawfully any fecal matter that may be deposited on the ground by the dog.

(b) Any person violating this section shall be guilty of a minor misdemeanor, which shall be punishable by a fine of fifty dollars per violation. (Ord. 2004-130. Passed 9-21-04.)

Mentor’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor

505.10 NUISANCE CONDITIONS PROHIBITED.

(a) No person, being the owner of or having charge or control over any animal shall permit it to scratch, dig, urinate, or defecate on private property, other than on the private property of the owner or person having charge or control of such animal. This section does not apply to public property or road right of way so long as the owner or person in charge or control of the animal immediately repairs any damage and immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner. (1969 Code 90.07)

(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Brunswick’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor

618.21 NUISANCE CONDITIONS PROHIBITED.

(a) No person shall permit a place where any animal or fowl is kept to become so noisy, filthy or offensive in any manner that such place is injurious to the health or comfort of persons living in the vicinity thereof. No person shall keep, transport, unload or collect any animal or fowl in such a manner that the stench therefrom or the noise caused thereby is annoying or offensive to any person.

(b) No person, being the owner or in charge or control of any dog, except a seeing-eye/guide dog shall allow or permit such dog to defecate upon any public property or any private property, other than the property of owner or person in charge or control of such dog, unless permission of the owner of such property is granted or unless the owner or person in charge or control of such dog immediately removes all feces deposited by such dog and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner, in which latter event such nuisance shall be considered abated. Any dog, except a seeing-eye/guide dog which defecates upon any public or any private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

(c) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. Punishment shall be as provided in Section 698.02.

Parma’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Misdemeanor of the Third Degree

618.16 REMOVAL OF ANIMAL FECES.

(a) The owner/guardian of any animal, when such animal is off the owner/guardian’s property, shall be responsible for the removal of any feces deposited by such animal on public walks, streets, recreation areas or private property. No owner/guardian shall fail to remove or provide for the removal of such feces before taking such animal from the immediate area where such defecation occurred.

(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. A separate offense shall be deemed committed each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues. (Ord. 45-06. Passed 11-20-06; Ord. 157-11. Passed 7-5-11.)

Strongsville’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Big Pile on Your Doorstep

Surprisingly, no dog poop ordinance could be found.  Should there be one?  Comment on this article on Facebook with the hashtag #strongsville to let us know your thoughts!

Akron’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Fine

DOGS IN CITY PARKS

All dogs must be leashed and under control at all times. All dog owners or persons in control of dog(s) are responsible for removal and sanitary disposal of dog feces. Violators are subject to fines. Ord. No. 231-1973 A

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Northfield’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor

618.18 RESPONSIBILITY OF OWNERS FOR COLLECTION AND REMOVAL OF DOG FECES ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY.

(a) No owner or other person in control of a dog shall allow such dog to be upon public property or upon the property of another, absent the consent of the property owner, without some device for the removal and collection of such dog’s droppings, nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by any dog under his or her control on public or private property. This section does not apply to guide dogs under the control of a visually impaired person.

(b) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be subject to the penalty provided in Section 698.02.

 

Chardon’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Awful Smell

According to CHAPTER 505 City of Chardon: Animals and Fowl (click here to view) there is no mention of picking up pet waste or feces at any point.  Share your thoughts on this on Facebook within our post and hashtag #chardon and let us know what you think about this?

Bay Village’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Pile on your Sidewalk

Once again we were surprised to find that the City of Bay Village doesn’t have an ordinance in place to protect it’s residents from the nuisance of left behind dog poop.  According to the city’s website:  http://www.cityofbayvillage.com/safety-services/police-department/animal-control.aspx Animal control doesn’t outline any feces removal or waste pickup whatsoever.  Hashtag #bayvillage and comment on the article if you think this shouldn’t be?  Share your thoughts…

Westlake’s Dog Poop Law

Punishable by a Minor Misdemeanor (1st offense) Misdemeanor-4 (2nd+)

505.19 NUISANCE CONDITIONS PROHIBITED.

(a) Any animal which defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal, creates an unsanitary and unhealthy condition and is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

(b) No person being the owner or in charge of any animal shall permit such animal to commit, create or become a nuisance as described in subsection (a) hereof. Where a person being the owner or in charge or control of such animal immediately, and before taking such animal from the area where the defecation occurred, cleans the area and removes the feces deposited by such animal and disposes of the feces in a sanitary manner in a proper receptacle, the nuisance shall be considered abated, and such person shall not be deemed to have violated the provisions of this subsection as it pertains to defecation.

(c) The accumulation of defecation upon any property where animals are kept creates an unsanitary and unhealthy condition and is hereby declared to be a nuisance.

(d) No person being the owner or person in charge or control of any animal shall permit the accumulation of feces upon the property where the animal is kept. The owner or person in charge or control of the animal shall maintain the property where the animal is kept in a clean and sanitary condition by the regular removal of the feces in a proper sealed sanitary receptacle.

(e) There is hereby created a presumption whereby any animal which commits, creates or becomes a nuisance as described in subsection (a) hereof, or commits or creates a nuisance as described in subsection (c) hereof, is presumed to have done so with the permission of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal.

(f) Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor for a first offense; for each subsequent offense such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. (Ord. 1989-268. Passed 3-15-90.)

 

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