Mayor Edward C. Pizzorno has a pet peeve.
He said he’s been getting calls from residents who are fed up with dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets on walks. Pizzorno used last week’s council meeting to berate scofflaws who fail to abide by the city’s doggy-dumping laws.
“Some people are really inconsiderate,” Pizzorno said.
Officials plan to warn residents in next month’s city newsletter that owners who don’t clean up after their dogs in public streets, sidewalks and parks can be cited and fined. Penalties generally range from $25 to $100, according to Southeast Animal Control officials.
“We need to make people aware that it’s not acceptable behavior,” city Planning Director Paul Deibel said. “It can be a health problem. Not only is this common courtesy, but it’s backed up by the force of law.”