Saline City Council Puts Pooping Pups On a Shorter Leash

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 02/13/2018 - 22:57

The City of Saline closed an ordinance loophole that allowed owners of unleashed dogs to escape scot-free if their unleashed dog defecated on someone's lawn.

For years, city ordinance has required owners to immediately clean up after their dogs when they did their business. The ordinance also covers someone supervising their dog at a dog park.

But the ordinance did not apply to animals "at large."

As a result, the city might have had a tough time prosecuting someone who didn't clean up after an unleashed dog who defecated on another person's property.

At the Feb. 5 meeting, Saline City Council voted 7-0 to amend the ordinance so that it applies to unleashed dogs.

With that loophole closed, the conversation wasn't quite finished.

"How about cats?" Councillor Dean Girbach asked. "They're just as bad, if not worse."

Girbach's question drew a chuckle from his colleagues.

City attorney Scott Smith said his firm could certainly add cats to the ordinance, but he noted that cats aren't supposed to be wandering around other people's yards.

"They aren't supposed to be catting around," Smith said.

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