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  • Dog issue has Cove Road residents holding their noses

  • A neighborhood going to the dogs.

    That’s how a resident of Cove Road describes a problem she continues to encounter with a handful of neighbors and others who refuse to clean up after their pets.
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    • Osage Beach animal ordinances

      Osage Beach has ordinances which regulate pets. These include:
      •It shall be unlawful for the person in control of a dog, cat or other animals or fowl to allow the dog, cat or other ani...

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      Osage Beach animal ordinances

      Osage Beach has ordinances which regulate pets. These include:

      •It shall be unlawful for the person in control of a dog, cat or other animals or fowl to allow the dog, cat or other animals or fowl to deposit manure on public property or on the private property of another person.

      •The owner or keeper of every animal or fowl shall be responsible for the removal of any excrement deposited on public walks, streets, recreation areas or private property. It is a violation of the law for such owner or keeper to fail to remove or provide for the removal of such excrement before removing the animal from immediate area where such excretion occurred.

      •Pet owners within the city limits of Osage Beach are responsible for the adequate care of any animals within their household. Pet owners are required to exercise proper care and control of his/her animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance.  

  • A neighborhood going to the dogs.
    That’s how a resident of Cove Road describes a problem she continues to encounter with a handful of neighbors and others who refuse to clean up after their pets.
    “You just want to live without these problems, and I would say that 95 percent of the neighbors do take care of their dogs,” resident Vicky Simbro said. “The few who don’t need some sort of punishment, like a big fine. They ruin it for the ones who do pay attention and who have gotten better.” 
    Simbro, who fenced in her back yard to protect her own property, says some residents tend to us a nearby yard that isn’t kept up well, and neighbors on the lakeside use the property for their dogs.
    “They don’t clean it up,” Simbro complained. “The flies are horrendous and the smell makes it difficult to enjoy my yard. I care for my yard and enjoy working in my garden. It’s out of control.”
    The Osage Beach animal control/compliance officer has been contacted, and has gone above and beyond his duties, Simbro said. “I so praise the efforts of Bob (Chatham),” Simbro said. “He comes and picks up after their dogs, has spoken with them and wrote them letters and informed them of the city ordinance.”
    Chatham said he and the city are doing what they can, including daily drive-bys to talk to residents and education them about the law.
    “Yes, there are a few dog owners who do not pick up after their dogs on Cove Road, and I assume everywhere,” Chatham said. “Cove Road has been the only complaint area by any resident in the city until this week when a complaint came from Port Lane.”
    The city has sent letters and brochures to dog owners on Cove, and Chatham has had a few phone calls to educate pet owners about the law.
    “But yet, a few don’t care,” he said.
    The city has ordered more signs to be erected along Cove Road and other areas if needed. Chatham said dog and cat repellant have been used in the problem areas, but that hasn’t stopped the culprits.
    Even erecting Pet Waste Stations hasn’t solved the problem.
    The city has purchased and installed stations where there are city sidewalks including Passover Road, Dude Ranch Road, Sunset Drive, Aqua Drive and for more than a year now on Cove Road.
    “When a new city sidewalk goes in, the city installs a station on that street,” Chatham explained.
    Page 2 of 2 - The stations have plastic bags in them and have signs that say: Please Clean Up After Your Pet – It’s the Law.
     
     

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