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Pick it up or pay a hefty fine? Fort Worth considers new "pooper scooper" ordinance

If passed, you could face a fine of up to $500 if you're caught not cleaning up your pet's poop

It's the last thing you want to see, smell or step on.

"The worst part is when I get into the car and I smell it later," said Marina Munoz.

Dog poop is an unwelcome part of our landscape and the city wants to get rid of it.

"Over time, one of the most requested ordinance changes is the pooper scooper law," said Fort Worth's Code Compliance Director Brandon Bennett.

All those requests are finally being heard.

"What we’re proposing is a new ordinance that would impose a duty on the owner of that animal to clean up the waste," Bennett said.

It is already against city ordinance to leave your dog’s droppings in public parks, on streets or on your own property. But now, the ordinance would cover all public areas and private property including your neighbor's lawn. If the ordinance is passed and you're caught leaving Fido's feces outdoors, you could face a fine of up to $500. Bennett says there's also the option for first-time offenders to work at the animal shelter.

"This makes it crystal clear," Bennett said. "If your dog poops, clean it up."

At the Fort Woof Dog Park Wednesday, where dog droppings were abundant, pet owners applauded the potential change.

"I don’t think it should bother much dog owners," said Ryan Rhodes. "If you're taking care of your dog, you're picking up after them on your own property."

"I don’t think it's fair that some dog owners leave their poop around for others to clean up," Marina Munoz said.

Bennett even found some and cleaned it up during our interview.

City Council will vote on the so-called "pooper scooper" ordinance in the coming weeks.

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