Pet owners who don't carry bags with them in the City of Plymouth could find themselves in a one-on-one conversation with a cop if their dog poops and they don't pick it up.
In a notice sent to residents this week, the City of Plymouth offered a friendly reminder that "it's the law" for pet owners to clean up after their pets.
The city said "residents who observe violations" of pet poop and leash laws "are encouraged to call 911 immediately so that a community service officer or police officer can respond."
What's more is that the city wants homeowners to regularly pick up pet poop on their personal property.
“In addition to bringing dog bags on a walk, it’s important to regularly clean up dog waste in the yard to protect water quality,” said Water Resources Supervisor Ben Scharenbroich. “Dog waste that accumulates in the yard gets washed into lakes and streams when it rains or when the snow melts.”
In short, pet poop doesn't break down the same way doo-doo from wild animals breaks down, which when washed into waterways can result in harmful bacteria and algal blooms.
Dogs have to be leashed at all times when off personal property in Plymouth, with the only exception being when the dog is at one of the city's dog parks.
- Plymouth Dog Park, 17005 County Road 47
- 4 Paws Dog Park, 9755 36th Ave. N.
- Happy Tails Dog Park, 1700 County Road 101
Being cited for a leash law violation can result in a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $128.