D.P.W., What's The Poop On Poop?

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A recent inquiry from a reader reads as follows:

"Do you know what the town's ordinance on dog's waste? I always walk around town and I've noticed the dogs' waste on the sidewalks and streets. I've put out a sign at my child's bus stop since there are always a new pile everyday. It is a beautiful town but it's not a very clean one. I tried calling the town about this and I was told that unless they know who does it then nothing can be done.I hope you can find a way to solve this problem. "
Is there any way to ensure that every dog owner is doing their part to allay the problem? Why is ticketing not done for this offense, something done in other boroughs and cities? Any information a reader or town worker has to impart to us would be gratefully acknowledged.

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There is also a law that dogs, even on a leash, are not allowed on school property. I'm not sure about parks. I see them all the time on and around the athletic fields. This is a serious health issue, and should also be enforced.

I'm a dog owner and it is probably more upsetting for those of us that do the right thing and clean up after our animals. You really have to catch the person in the act.
Here is the ordinance:
Chapter 206-1 Metuchen Borough Code

Dog waste and cleanup.
No person owning or in control of any dog, cat or other domestic animal shall cause or allow such dog, cat or other domestic animal to soil, defile, urinate or defecate upon private property without permission of the owner of said property or upon any public property, except between the curblines of
any public street, provided that:
A.
The person in charge of said dog shall have in his or her possession appropriate sanitary means, including but not limited to implements and plastic bags, to remove any feces so deposited.
B.
The person in charge of said dog shall immediately remove all feces so deposited by appropriate sanitary means, including but not limited to implements and plastic bags, and shall dispose of such feces in a sanitary manner on said person's own property.

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