ANDERSON — Despite concerns over enforcement, pet owners in Anderson will be required to clean up the waste left by their dogs and cats.
The Anderson City Council on Thursday approved the new ordinance with only Councilman Art Pepela Jr. casting the lone "no" vote.
Councilman David Eicks said the ordinance might be impossible to enforce, but voted in favor of its passage. He said owners should be responsible for their pets.
Although there was considerable discussion about the ordinance at the April meeting of the council, only one resident spoke in favor of passage Thursday. There were no comments from council members during the discussion period.
Councilwoman Donna Davis said she received one telephone call from a resident of the 2nd District that didn’t like people leaving at her door copies of previous stories about the ordinance from The Herald Bulletin.
“I voted for the ordinance requiring cats to be on a leash, so I might as well vote for this,” she said.
The ordinance will take effect once a legal notice is published.
Dog and cat owners who don’t clean up after their pets could face a possible $25 fine for each violation. A warning will be issued for the first offense. The ordinance is to be enforced by the Anderson Police Department and the city’s Animal Control Officer. Service animals are exempted.
Councilman Ty Bibbs, who introduced the ordinance, said major cities in Indiana have similar ordinances.
Last month, City Council Attorney Tim Lanane said enforcement would need the assistance of the person making the complaint, such as who owns the dog or cat. He said a picture of the offending pet owner would help in enforcement.
The ordinance reads that the removal of animal waste by owners is desirable to promote a sanitary, clean and healthy environment and to promote beautification of the city.