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Now that the snow has melted, the waste left behind from pets is being unearthed. In an effort to crack down on dog waste that is “everywhere” according to dozens upon dozens on complaints to city officials in the Spindle City, Cohoes’ animal control officer and city officials will be keeping a closer eye on pet owners to ensure they are following the law to pick up after your pet.
With warmer weather, more and more patrons around the city will begin using the city parks and trails more to walk their pets, so city officials are asking pet owners to be responsible for cleaning up after your furry friends. Mayor Morse states, “It is unfortunate that this is a topic that needs to be publicly addressed but it is a quality-of-life issue that has public health and public safety impacts upon families and children who enjoy our parks and our sidewalks. Having a dog is a responsibility, and part of that responsibility is picking up after them.”
The city has taken many proactive measures to be a pet friendly community by installing dog waste clean-up stations throughout the entire city, however combating the issue is still a daily battle that residents and officials face. Officials will be patrolling the community in search of violators. Violators can face up to a $500 fine for each offense as cited in section 107-24 of the city charter.
Pet waste left behind washes into local waterways and spreads disease, and city officials are prepared to take extra measures to ensure these safety concerns are prevented as much as possible and asks pet owners to be mindful of this.