City cracks down on dog owners

No. 1 dog-related complaint in Armstrong is dog waste on public property from irresponsible dog owners

Dog owners are being reminded to pick up after their pooches.

Dog owners are being reminded to pick up after their pooches.

Irresponsible dog owners are the target of a new initiative in Armstrong.

According to a report to council from chief financial officer Terry Martens, the No. 1 dog-related complaint in the community is dog waste on public property from irresponsible dog owners.

“Advertisements are going in the newspapers to remind dog owners that they have a responsibility to pick up after their dogs,” wrote Martens.

To help with the cause, the city has purchased three dog bag dispensers with biodegradable bags on a trial basis.

The three dispensers will be placed along the busiest walking trails in the community, though Martens said those three locations have not yet been identified.

If the initiative is successful, more dispensers will be purchased over time.

“The hope is that all pet owners will be responsible and pick up their dog’s waste,” said Coun. Kelly Rowe.

Martens’ report said it’s rare for the city’s dog control officer to catch irresponsible dog owners in the action of not picking up after their dogs, thus allowing for a ticket to be issued.

“As an alternative to ticketing, it’s hoped that word will get out through this initiative that the city and public won’t tolerate waste on sidewalks, walking trails and on other people’s property,” said Martens.

The dispensers with biodegradable bags cost the city approximately $700.