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Monroe Legacy

City council addresses animal waste concerns

The Monroe City Council approves an amendment to the animal protection and control, dangerous animals ordinance during its recent regular meeting.
The Monroe City Council approves an amendment to the animal protection and control, dangerous animals ordinance during its recent regular meeting.

To address citizen complaints to the city, the Monroe City Council added to the animal protection and control, dangerous animals ordinance. Approved on its third reading, the ordinance amended language on animal waste removal and area of keeping in city code.

According to Monroe City Clerk Kim Thomas, multiple community members brought forth complaints and concerns of animal waste being left in city parks, specificity the town square, and at the cemetery. The council sought to address the issues and used amended code language to more strongly enforce regulations.

The new code states “It is unlawful for any owner or walkers of a dog, horse or any other animals, to discharge feces upon any public or private property, park property, public right of way or property of another, unless the owner or walker of the animal immediately thereafter takes steps to remove and clean up the feces from the property or public right of way.”

The provisions do not apply to horses in authorized city parade, dogs used to guide the visually impaired, police patrol dogs or other dogs used to aid persons with disabilities.

If found in violation of the code, a municipal infraction citation in the amount of $85 to $750 can be given.

The council also added to the area of keep language for animals, domestic or non-domestic, within the city. For all animals, all structures, pens, yards, runs or coops where animals are kept are to be maintained in good repair, kept clean and devoid of vermin and free of odors, including those from feces.

In dealing with feces, the ordinance reads “all feces removed shall be placed in an airtight container and shall be stored in a sanitary manner in an appropriate refuse container until removed in accordance with collection procedures or otherwise disposed of in a sanitary manner.”

Should a citizen be found in violation of the area of keep code, a municipal infraction with a fine between $85 to $750 fine can be imposed.

Council approved the first and second readings of the ordinance in June and July before passing the final reading at its August meeting.

Contact Jamee A. Pierson at 641-792-3121 ext. 6534 or jpierson@newtondailynews.com

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