A: The city code makes dog owners responsible for immediately picking up their dog’s feces from other people’s property or from public property. Mankato Assistant City Manager Tanya Ange said there’s little chance police will catch dog owners in the act of violating the ordinance, so residents will usually need to ask the offenders to change their ways.
If the neighborly request is ignored, people can then contact the city and a police officer will have a talk with the dog owner, Ange said, and that typically solves the problem. If dog owners persist in violating the ordinance, they can be cited with a petty misdemeanor which carries a fine of up to $300.
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