Doggie doo-doo and don'ts could lead to littering fines

I have an extremely rude neighbor who believes my front lawn is a perfectly good toilet for his dog. He takes him for walks so the dog does his business on the neighbor lawns instead of his.

He carries trash bags and cleans up most of his dog's messes, but you can't completely clean those. And I find offense that he thinks it's perfectly fine for his dog to consider my property his public restroom. What can I do to get him a ticket so he can stop?

— M.F., Medford

Well, M.F., sounds like a little neighborhood strife in your area, and we've gotten the straight, er, poop on your problem.

And you have some sympathy in City Hall.

"It happens to a lot of us," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau says. "It happens to me as well."

If your neighbor's dog does his business on your lawn, the dog-walker is required to clean it up or face a $150 citation for offensive littering, Budreau says. If there is an attempt to clean it up, there's no ticket — even if there is some residual material on your lawn, Budreau says.

"That wouldn't rise to the level of a citation because that's not the intent of the law," Budreau says. "There has to be some negligence on the owner's part."

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