If you live in the town of Adams, or anywhere really, you likely know that you need to clean up after your dog when they do their business. However, depending on where you do live, you can actually be fined for not picking up that doggie poop.

A reminder from the Adams Police Department...

So, as we make our way ever so slowly toward spring, the Adams Police Department is reminding residents of the town, that if you bring your four-legged friend to a public place, you will indeed be expected to clean up after them. The department posted a reminder on its Facebook page of the town statute that makes that fact clear. If you are found to be in violation of that statute, you can be fined.

Here's the cliff notes version of the statute, and then we will look at it in full as stated by the police department:

The statute basically says that if you are in a public place and your dog, or the dog you are in charge of poops, you are responsible for immediately cleaning it up. There are certainly some nuances to consider. The statute does not apply to a guide animal that is in performance of its duties being of service to a disabled person. If you are found to be guilty of not following the ordinance, you will be fined $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second offense, and $300 for a third or subsequent offense.


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Now for the legalese version:

Statute 14-5, Removal of animal feces:

A. If any animal shall defecate upon any property or area, as hereinafter defined, then
the owner, keeper, and person then walking or otherwise in charge of said animal
shall immediately remove or cause to be removed from said property or area all feces so deposited by said animal. Unless said feces are removed, the owner, keeper, and the person then walking or otherwise in charge of said animal (or if the owner, keeper, or person shall be under the age of 18, then the parent or guardian) shall be deemed to have committed a punishable offense.
B. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
PROPERTY or AREA — Any public property or the common areas of any privately owned property or any private property owned or occupied by any person or persons who are not members of the family of the owner or keeper of or the person then walking or otherwise in charge of the animal.
C. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a guide animal, hearing animal or
service animal while actually engaged in the performance of its trained duties with a disabled person.
D. The commission of any offense punishable under this section shall be punishable
by a fine of:
1st offense $50.00
2nd offense $100.00
3rd/Subsequent offense $300.00

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