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Ticonderoga animal law to be enforced

Dog feces a problem in community

Spring weather has encouraged many Ticonderoga residents to begin walking. They’ve found dog feces throughout the community.

Spring weather has encouraged many Ticonderoga residents to begin walking. They’ve found dog feces throughout the community. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Ticonderoga stinks! Literally.

“I’m sick and tired of dog poop all over the town,” Supervisor Deb Malaney said. “We have a pooper scooper law and will enforce it.”

Spring weather has encouraged many Ticonderoga residents, like Malaney, to begin walking. They’ve found dog feces throughout the community.

“It’s a poor reflection on a community to have feces on sidewalks and in public areas,” Malaney said. “People need to be responsible pet owners. Nobody wants to deal with another person’s pet poop.”

Malaney pointed out the town has placed containers in public parks with plastic bags for the convenience of pet owners. They can use the bags to collect pet feces and then place it in a trash can.

“All they have to do is pick it (feces) up,” Malaney said. “We provide the bags and take away the trash.

“Most people are responsible pet owners,” she added, “but others, apparently, need to be reminded about our law.”

Section 8 of Ticonderoga's animal control law requires “any owner or custodian of an animal, which animal has deposited its feces to be deposited upon any town property or upon the property of another, shall immediately remove such feces and cause it to be disposed of in a safe and sanitary manner.”

The law provides for a fine of $25 to $50 for a first offense and fines of $50 to $100 for repeat offenses.

Malaney said she has directed the Ti dog control officer and the Ti Police Department to enforce the law.

The Ticonderoga law bans pets from Bicentennial Park, Veterans Park and the Black Point beach. Pets are allowed on other public properties.

Pets must “be under the control of the owner or custodian at all times” the law reads, which means dogs must be leashed, Malaney said.

Ticonderoga will host a rabies clinic for local pets 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the Armory. Pets attending must be either leashed or caged.

Tonya Thompson, Ticonderoga town clerk, has also announced plans for a dog enumeration this summer. She noted all dogs, 3 months and older, must be licensed. Licenses cost $5 for neutered or spayed dogs and $15 for others.

Licenses will be on sale during the May 15 rabies clinic.

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