KEYSER - A Keyser resident who said he is tired of neighbors letting their dogs defecate in his front yard has spurred the Keyser City Council to remind residents to abide by the leash law.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A Keyser resident who said he is tired of neighbors letting their dogs defecate in his front yard has spurred the Keyser City Council to remind residents to abide by the leash law.
The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke during the regular Keyser City Council meeting Wednesday, saying he was “tired of having to check my yard” to make sure his grandchild could come out to play without stepping in dog droppings.
City administrator Buck Eagle confirmed that the city does have a leash law, and provided the following statement to the News Tribune on Friday:
“With spring just around the corner, the City of Keyser would like to remind the citizens of our ordinance regarding dogs running at large.
“No dog, whether wearing a license tag or not, shall be permitted to run at large within the city at any time except on the property owned or occupied by the owner. Any dog found running at large shall be seized by the humane officer and impounded.
“Also, no person taking a dog upon the streets or sidewalks of the city shall allow the dog to defecate upon the streets or sidewalks of the city or other property located in the city without cleaning it up right away.
“The penalty for allowing a dog to run at large or defecate without cleaning it up is $25 for the first offense, $40 for the second offense and $100 for the third offense.
“Please be mindful of your neighbors and keep your dog on a leash and clean up after your dog if it defecates.”
Copies of the city’s leash law may be obtained at City Hall.