ANDERSON – Dog and cat owners will be required to clean up after their pets or face a $25 fine, if a proposed ordinance receives the approval of the Anderson Common Council.
The ordinance sponsored by Councilman Ty Bibbs, D-at large, is scheduled to be discussed at the council meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers of Anderson City Hall.
Most people are familiar with signs threatening fines for owners not cleaning up after their pets in major cities, state and national parks and camping sites.
The proposed 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.
It is also intended to prevent the creation of noxious and unsanitary nuisances and will require owners of dogs and cats to remove animal waste from public and private property.
There is a provision for a $25 fine with a separate offense committed on each day the violation occurs or continues.
The proposed ordinance doesn’t include how it will be enforced.
Tim Lanane, attorney for the council, said the ordinance is a result of a request from a citizen to Bibbs.
The ordinance is modeled on ordinances passed in other Indiana communities that were provided by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
Ashley Hopper, Anderson City Attorney, said there have been questions raised about how the ordinance will be enforced if approved by the council.
“There are some things we may need to tweak,” she said.
Lanane said how the ordinance will be enforced has to be amended into the proposal.
“I assume the animal control officers with the Anderson Police Department would issue a citation,” he said.
Lanane said a lot of larger cities in the country have similar ordinances in effect.
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