- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) - Vicksburg pet owners will soon have to pick up what their animals leave behind.

The Vicksburg Post (http://bit.ly/1ItD31w ) reports the Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed an ordinance Nov. 25 requiring pet owners to clean up after their animals if the pet defecates on someone else’s property. Under the city’s charter, the ordinance takes effect in 30 days.

South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson says the law’s meant to address both a nuisance problem and give city officials enforcement power in the event of an animal attack.

Thompson says the larger issue at hand is protecting children and citizens from any kind of attack by an animal that should have been restrained.

He says the ordinance is the first in a series of new and amended city ordinances regarding pet ownership.

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Information from: The Vicksburg Post, http://www.vicksburgpost.com

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