Village trustees have passed a law expanding the code on dogs to make it an offense with a fine of up to $250 for pet owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

Like the rest of the village code on dogs – which also prohibits nuisance barking and unleashed dogs – failure to pick up and properly dispose of a dog’s waste will soon result in a fine of “not more than” $250, under the amendment that officials passed May 2.

“The failure to remove and properly dispose of dog feces from private and public streets and other places creates a public nuisance and endangers the public health, safety and general welfare of the village,” according to the code amendment.

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The village has filed the local law with the state. It will take effect when Asharoken officials receive confirmation of receipt, the village clerk said Monday.

-Valerie Bauman