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Be a Good Neighbor
Being a good neighbor entails demonstrating consideration and responsibility, and one simple yet impactful way to uphold these values is by "scooping the poop" when it comes to pet ownership. Cleaning up after your pets is not just a civic duty; it is a fundamental act of respect towards those who share the community with you. Pet waste, if left unattended, can not only create unsightly and unpleasant surroundings but also pose health risks and contribute to environmental pollution. By conscientiously picking up after your pets, you contribute to a cleaner and safer neighborhood for everyone. So, remember, being a good neighbor starts with something as simple as scooping the poop – a small gesture with big impact.
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Neglecting the proper disposal of pet waste can have detrimental consequences on stormwater quality, contributing to widespread pollution in our water systems. When pet feces are left on streets and outdoor spaces, rainwater can wash the waste into storm drains, which ultimately lead to rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria, such as E. coli, and parasites that can contaminate stormwater runoff. As these contaminants enter natural waterways, they pose a serious threat to aquatic ecosystems and can compromise water quality. Stormwater pollution from pet waste is a direct result of irresponsible pet ownership and can have far-reaching environmental implications. It underscores the importance of responsible pet waste management to protect our water resources, preserve ecosystems, and maintain a healthier, cleaner environment for both humans and wildlife.
Help Protect the Environment
When walking your dog, take a plastic bag with you to pick up the pet waste. Be sure to place the bag in a trash receptacle, never dispose of pet waste in a catch basin. Dog waste cannot be used as fertilizer. Never place dog waste near a tree or in the soil – the bacteria in the waste does more harm than good and it also can end up in a local waterway.
For more information on ways you can prevent stormwater pollution, please visit the Stormwater Page.
Leaving pet waste unattended on streets and in outdoor spaces poses significant health risks to both humans and the environment. Pet feces contain harmful bacteria such as E. coli and parasites like roundworms and giardia, which can easily contaminate soil and water sources. When rainwater carries these contaminants into storm drains, they eventually find their way into rivers and lakes, contributing to water pollution. Moreover, the bacteria in pet waste can pose a threat to human health, causing illnesses and infections upon contact. Children, in particular, are more susceptible to these risks due to their frequent hand-to-mouth behavior during play. Proper disposal of pet waste is not just a matter of civic responsibility but also crucial for safeguarding public health and preserving the quality of our natural surroundings. Regularly cleaning up after pets is a simple yet effective measure in promoting a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment for everyone.
Health risks possibly associated with pet waste (from mass.gov)
Pet Waste can obtain bacteria and parasites, causing infections such as the following:
- Campylobacterosis: A bacterial infection that causes diarrhea in humans
- Giardiasis: A protozoan infection of the small intestine that can cause diarrhea, cramping, fatigue, and weight loss.
- Salmanellosis: Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Toxocariasis: An animal to human infection that is caused by roundworms found in he intestines of dogs, The parasite can cause vision loss, rash, fever, or cough, and is a particular threat to children exposed to parasite eggs in the sand and soil.
CHAPTER XXI Dog Leash Law
Section 1. The annual fee for each license issued under the provisions of Section 137 of Chapter 140 of the General Laws shall be twenty dollars ($20) for spayed and neutered dogs and $25 for intact dogs. The annual fee for Kennel licenses issued under Section 137A of Chapter 140 shall be $50 for four (4) dogs or fewer; $75 for five no nine (5 – 9) dogs and $100 for ten (10) dogs or more. (AUTH: ARTICLE 31, TM 5/19/03 & ARTICLE 9, TM 5/20/13)
Section 2. No person owning, harboring or having custody and control of a dog shall permit such dog to be at large in the Town of Danvers at any time, elsewhere than a) on the premises of another person, if the dog is under the 19 supervision of its owner or a person harboring or having custody and control of the dog. Elsewhere, any dog shall be controlled and restrained by a proper leash defined as: "a leash designed and marketed for the specific purpose of dog restraint."
No person owning, harboring or having custody and control of a dog or other animal shall suffer, permit or allow such a dog or other animal to leave feces in any park, playground, beach, public common, municipal recreation area, street, sidewalk, public area or any private property of someone other than the owner within the Town of Danvers. Any person having custody and control of a dog or other animal in any park, playground, beach, public common, municipal recreation area, street, sidewalk, public area or any private property of someone other than the owner within the Town of Danvers shall remove and dispose of any feces left thereon by his or her dog. Any person having custody or control of a dog or other animal in any park, playground, beach, public common, municipal recreation area, street, sidewalk, public area or any private property of someone other than the owner within the Town of Danvers, shall carry with him or her proper equipment for the removal of such feces. For purposes of this section the means of removal shall be any tool, implement or other device carried for the purpose of picking up and containing such feces. This paragraph shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying a disabled person.
The first violation of this By-Law within a calendar year shall be punishable by a $25.00 fine; the second and subsequent violations within the calendar year by a $50.00 fine.
Section 3. The sum to be paid to the Dog Officer for the sale of a dog which has been detained in accordance with the provisions of Section 151A of Chapter 140 of the General Laws, shall be an amount equal to two dollars per day detained, or $20.00, whichever is less. The Dog Officer shall keep an account of all moneys received by him from such sales and shall forthwith pay over such sums to the Town Treasurer to be treated in the same manner as dog license money.
Section 4. The Dog Officer shall supervise and coordinate the enforcement of the Dog Control and Licensing By-laws and the processing of violations thereof. Before a complaint is sought in a District Court under General Laws Chapter 140, Section 173A for such a violation, the Dog Officer shall cause written notice to be sent to the offender describing the violation and a schedule of established fines, ordering the offender to appear before the Dog Officer during specified office hours and containing the following notice. "This notice may be returned by mail, personally, or by an authorized person. A hearing may be obtained upon the written request of the dog owner. Failure to obey this notice within twenty-one days after the date of its receipt may result in a complaint being sought against you in a District Court." Any person notified as provided herein may appear and confess the offense charged either personally or through an agent duly authorized in writing, or by mailing to such Dog Officer the notice and the fine 20 provided therefor, such payment to be made to the Dog Officer. Should any person notified to appear hereunder fail to appear or to pay the appropriate fund, the Dog Officer may seek a complaint in the District Court under the provisions of General Laws, Chapter 140, Section 173A.
Section 5. In the event that the Dog Officer is called back on overtime to deal with emergency situations, the owner of the dog will be assessed a Thirty Dollar ($30.00) call-back fee. For purposes of this section, emergency shall mean after hour call backs for injured animals, found animals, threatened animals and complaints of cruelty to animals. (AUTH; ARTICLE 5, TM 11/8/82, ARTICLE 23, TM 5/21/90, and ARTICLE 5, TM 6/20/94)