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Readers asked to weigh in on 'poop scoop' legislation. Is a specific ordinance needed in Tallmadge?

Published: August 9, 2016 10:41 AM
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Tallmadge resident Alan McFarland shared this photo with the question (and answers): "Do I think Tallmadge should add a 'poop' ordinance? Yes. Do I think it would actually make a difference sans public awareness? No. So, adding the ordinance to the long list of Tallmadge ordinances would be fine, and [may] be a 'feel good' for City Council. Effectively, it would accomplish little. Awareness (and shame/?) is the key. Printing the picture in the Tallmadge Express might, just might, make an impression on the offenders and promote conversations on community mores. It's not so much about adding an ordinance as it is about promoting consideration for your neighbors and respect for your community."

When city Law Director Megan Raber was asked what residents can do if they're having problems with dog waste, she said "If we receive complaints of this nature, we can address the complaint as a littering violation, a misdemeanor of the third degree. If it happens repeatedly, it may be a disorderly conduct violation in that no person shall recklessly cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to another by creating a condition which is physically offensive to persons, by any act which serves no lawful and reasonable purpose of the offender, a misdemeanor in the fourth degree. It may also fall under criminal trespass, depending on where the animal is relieving itself, by entering a neighbors' property without privilege or consent."

McFarland noted Akron and Dayton have such an ordinance, as does Dayton. He says "Apparently, this is considered a health issue, and because of that, an ordinance addressing this issue is not uncommon. My daughter recently moved back from Broomfield, Colo. (which has an ordinance), to Lakewood, where she tells me they do also."

What do you think, readers? Does Tallmadge need a specific "poop scoop" ordinance, or are the city's current ordinances sufficient?

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