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Ask The Times: What laws govern cleaning up dog poop?
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Is there a law on the books regarding proper cleanup after your dog?

Not cleaning up your dog’s poop is considered littering, Gainesville officials said. The specific portion of city law for this prohibits residents from having “any accumulation of offensive matter or odor including, but not limited to, overgrown or dead or decayed trees, dead organic matter, rubbish, garbage, animal intestinal waste and urine, and toxic or otherwise hazardous liquids and substances and material.”

Sarah Wilson-Britt, Gainesville code enforcement manager, said while all city ordinance violations carry a maximum penalty of $1,000 fine and/or up to six months in jail, “those are extreme cases.”

“The Code Enforcement Division focuses on educating the public and offering ample opportunities to correct violations before citations are issued,” Wilson-Britt wrote in an email.

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