Dog in Yard

Inside the Law: Pet Trespass

July 09, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- If your neighbor's pet wanders onto your lawn, what can you do about it?  

Police in Yakima, Washington say that the dispute that caused a man to shoot three people was over dog poop. 

The man's neighbor's 19-year-old daughter was walking her dog with two friends when the man came out of his home, accused them of letting the dog do its business on his lawn, shot them, then barricaded himself inside, causing the SWAT team to swarm his home.  

Dude, overreact much? 

Still, it is infuriating to find animal droppings on your meticulously maintained lawn. So what can you do? 

Well let's start with the obvious. Don't shoot people or animals. That's just inconsiderate. And animal cruelty. And maybe murder. And not neighborly. 

Most townships have codes that require leashes on pets -cats and dogs - so call your township to find out what the statute requires.  

If your neighbor's pet is leaving souvenirs on your property, you can require your neighbor clean it up (with your words). Before threatening to take it to a lawyer or take matters into your own hands, talk to your neighbor.  

A pristine lawn is only enjoyable if seeing your neighbors on the other side won't involve lifting the shade slightly to evade the SWAT team.