Tiffin Bark Park off to good start

A hat-tip to Tiffin Bark Park, which – in just a few months – has 80 registered users. Registration dues help maintain the area at Highland Park, which offers two fenced-in areas where dogs can exercise off leash.

We also commend responsible canine owners who use dog waste bags while taking their animals in public, whether at the dog park or on a leash. They recognize the need to clean up after their pets, regardless of whether the mess is deposited at a park, on a sidewalk or in someone’s yard.

It’s not just a matter of being polite; it’s the law. City ordinance 505.08 states:

No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog shall cause or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever, or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of the property. The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curb lines, which shall be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:

(1) The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method.

(2) The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this section, in a sanitary manner.

It concludes with, “Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.”