Dog owners must clean up after pet
Ordinance requires disposal of pooch waste when in public

COVINGTON - Dog owners be alerted: If your pet poops on another person's property, you'll now have to clean it up.

The Covington City Council passed an ordinance Monday night requiring dog owners to properly dispose of fecal matter deposited by their animals on any public or private property owned by someone else.

Proper disposal is defined as placement in a refuse container regularly emptied by the city or depositing it into a sanitary sewage disposal unit designated to convey sewage for proper treatment and disposal.

Visually impaired people who use guide dogs are exempt from the requirement while the dog is being used for their assistance.

The ordinance is effective immediately.

"Over time, we've had a growing increase of people first paying attention to those things and then complaining about it occurring," City Manager Steve Horton said.

Horton said the ordinance would apply only to dog owners.

"Most people walk their dogs. They don't really walk their cats. So you wouldn't really know what that cat is up to," Horton explained.

The ordinance was approved by a vote of 5 to 1, with Councilman John Howard opposing. Howard would not comment on why he voted against the ordinance.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.