Being a good neighbor calls for controlling and cleaning up after your dog

Date: July 17, 2017

Living in Ferguson Township means you have many beautiful streets and parks where you and your dog can enjoy walks together. Be considerate of your fellow residents by controlling and picking up after your dog.

The Ferguson Township Code of Ordinances states that it is unlawful to allow a dog, cat or any other
animal considered a pet to run at large in the Township.

In addition, in accordance with Pennsylvania state law, the Code of Ordinances requires you to clean up after your pets, stating:

“No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any domestic animal shall cause, suffer or allow such domestic animal to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of said property.”

All parks in the Township permit pets only when they are on a leash (maximum length, 6 feet), and pet owners are required to clean up after them. No pets are permitted in and around playground equipment or picnic pavilions. Except for the area inside Tudek Dog Park, pets must always be “on leash” at all park areas.  

To assist with ordinance compliance, Centre Region Parks and Recreation (CRPR) currently maintains 60 doggie waste bag dispensers at 21 parks across the Centre Region.  The Park Operations Office reported that in CY 2014, 174,000 of the biodegradeable waste bags were used across the park system.

Learn more about rules for enjoying Centre Region parks with your pet