- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

OAKLAND, Maine (AP) - Dog owners in Oakland are now required to pick up after their pets after the town council unanimously approved a dog waste amendment to its animal control ordinance.

The Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/1J1tV3B ) reports that the amendment requires dog owners to pick up their pet’s waste unless it’s on property owned exclusively by the dog owner. The penalty for violating the ordinance is $50 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent offenses.

The amendment was proposed in response to complaints from residents about piles of dog waste left on town property over the winter, particularly on a popular walking path.

Town Manager Gary Bowman says it will be difficult to enforce the rule, but he says the town will work on getting the word out and rely on voluntary compliance.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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