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Jul 11

Pet Waste on Private Property

Posted on July 11, 2023 at 9:22 AM by Nancy Oakland-Potter

Q.  What can be done to put a neighbor on notice to not allow their dog to use my front yard as a place for their pet to use the bathroom - both urinating and defecating? Are they trespassing if they continue this behavior after I have asked them not to? Will the police respond to this type of concern? Is this considered a civil matter?


A.  The Laramie Police Departments handles these types of complaints, which are a violation of a City Ordinance and not a civil matter. Generally, Animal Control Officers handle these reports, and you may call the non-emergent dispatch number (721-2526) or call the Animal Shelter directly (721-5385). Based on what was stated, this situation could also be considered trespassing, but just for the person, not the dog. The trespassing portion would need to be handled by a Patrol Officer. Please refer to the City Ordinances below that apply to this situation:


6.06.050 - Removal of feces required—Exception.

A.         Notwithstanding other provision in this title, it is unlawful for the owner of any other person accompanying a dog to cause or permit the dog to be on public or private property not owned or possessed by such person, unless such person has in his or her immediate possession, a device or implement with which to remove dog feces and a container or implement to use in transporting the feces to a garbage or refuse disposal can. It is unlawful for the owner of a dog or other person accompanying the dog to fail to remove the dog's feces from public or private property not owned or possessed by such person to a garbage or refuse disposal can. This subsection does not apply upon undeveloped land.

B.         This subsection shall not apply to a person who is visually or physically handicapped to a degree which renders such person physically incapable of complying with this section.


9.16.093 - Trespassing—What constitutes—Ignoring signs.

A person is guilty of criminal trespass if he enters or remains on or in the land or premises of another person, knowing he is not authorized to do so, or after being notified to depart or not to trespass. For the purposes of this section, notice is given by:

  1. Personal communication to the person by the owner or occupant, or his agent, or by a peace officer; or
  2. Posting of signs reasonably likely to come to the attention of intruders.

 Conviction of a violation of this section is punishable under the general penalty section of this Code