$136 Fine for Woman Who Fails To Pick Up After Her Dog in Waveny


Police on Monday fined a 33-year-old Pound Ridge, N.Y. woman for failing to pick up after her dog at Waveny.

This is about where it happened. Credit: Michael Dinan

The $136 ticket—$90 for violating a local ordinance and an additional $46 state processing fee—followed information reported to authorities by two regulars at the popular park who saw the woman pull into one of the parking lots in front of Waveny House and let her retriever out, according to Officer Allyson Halm, head of the New Canaan Police Department’s Animal Control section.

According to the report, the pair saw that the dog did its business straightaway and that the woman didn’t pick up after it, Halm said.

“They were just really offended,” Halm said of the observers.

It happened on Saturday, as temperatures soared into the 70s in New Canaan between unseasonable cold spells, and scores of park-goers headed outdoors to enjoy Waveny.

“These people approached her and said you realize you’re ruining this park for everyone, and the woman said her dog has colitis and it’s difficult and apologized and kept going,” Halm said.

They got the offender’s license plate information and supplied it to Halm, who contacted the woman and got the same story.

She violated section 108-8 of the Town Code: “The owners and/or keepers or any person having custody or control of any dog on any public street, public sidewalk, or public parking lot, or within any public park, public playground, or public school grounds shall promptly remove all feces left by the dog on such public areas and dispose of such feces in a sanitary manner.”

Halm said she encourages people who observe those violating the ordinance to get a license plate, “but we discourage confrontation.”

“People who don’t and won’t pick up have to be aware that there are people watching, they want the parks clean and they want it be right for everyone,” Halm said.

The ticketing comes as police increase patrols in town parks to help address the widely discussed problem of abandoned dog litter at places such as Irwin and Waveny.

At a meeting last week, the Parks & Recreation Commission raised the possibility of installing trail cameras to catch offending dog owners or banning the animals outright from public parks.

4 thoughts on “$136 Fine for Woman Who Fails To Pick Up After Her Dog in Waveny

  1. If the Town put cameras along South Avenue, they’d have an avalanche of fines to process.

    I see so many daily dog walkers sans baggies for sanitary disposal purposes.

    Just like people in the parks, home owners on South Ave are watching, we find it really offensive that neighbors leave animal feces on neighborhood lawns, and want it to be made right, i.e.- mind your own “business!” Keep it clean, people!
    I’m glad to hear action was taken and the fine matches “the crime.”

  2. Why is there such reluctance to report serious law breaking? It must be a cultural thing, where people are told not to be a rat, to mind their own business, that the perps. could retaliate….It is only when you get a really broken situation like this that people finally start reporting….

    • Trash receptacles in parks attract rodents and wasps which is why they were removed from Mead Park. It is not that hard to take your trash out just as you would/should if you went on a hike. The problem is not a lack of trash cans, it is a lack of respect for public spaces.

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