One Long Island village is proposing fines for dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets – even on their own property – according to published reports.
Lawmakers in North Hills proposed the regulation, which would hit offenders with fines ranging from $50 to $200, after a homeowner complained that a neighbor wasn’t cleaning up dog droppings on their own lawn, Mayor Marvin Natiss told Newsday.
The unidentified homeowner was worried the droppings would spread into the homeowner's yard if it rained.
Many other areas on Long Island also levy fines against dog owners who don’t clean up after their pet, but North Hills’ would be the first town to specifically require people to pick up poop on their own property, Newsday reports.
Some other towns have sanitation codes that might fine homeowners in egregious cases, and Port Washington North sends out newsletters and posts signs encouraging residents to pick up.