Pet Owners: The SWCA is in favor of pets and we all enjoy talking to our neighbors either walking alone or with their pet however we are receiving complaints from residents with and without dogs. Here are the complaints:
2327.11 – Animals running at large.(A) No owner of any animal shall permit such animal to run large on any property not his own.(B)No owner of any animal, shall permit the animal to enter upon any property not that of his owner, when it is not securely leashed or under direct control. It shall be prima-facie evidence that a dog is not under direct control if it chases, injures or kills any person or domestic animal or damages or commits any nuisance upon property other than that of its owner.(C)Whoever violates this section is guilty of permitting animals running at large, a minor misdemeanor. If the animal is a dog, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the animal causes physical harm to any person, or if the offender is, or has been, the owner of a dog which was declared a dangerous or vicious animal, a violation of this section is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
2327.14 – Noisy animals.(A)No person shall keep or harbor any animal which howls, barks, or emits audible sounds that are unreasonably loud or disturbing and which are of such character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood or to be detrimental to life and health of any individual.(B)Whoever violates this section is guilty of keeping noisy animals, a minor misdemeanor. If the offender previously has been convicted of a violation of this section, then keeping noisy animals is a misdemeanor of the third degree. If the offender previously has been convicted of two or more violations of this section, then keeping noisy animals is misdemeanor of the first degree.
919.16 – Littering, importing of rubbish and trash prohibited and pet owner(s) responsibility.(C)No pet owner shall fail to clean up after their pets by collecting and removing feces from park or reservoir property. Pets shall include dogs, cats, or other animals whose owners knowingly bring them into park or reservoir property.(D)Section 919.16(C) does not apply to the owner of or person in charge of an animal where that animal is assisting a blind or handicapped person and defecates on property, and such person either is unaware of that fact or is unable to comply with Section 919.16(C). Section 919.16(C) does not apply to law enforcement personnel in charge of an animal which is assisting such personnel in the performance of official duties.