Ask for a Citation
There are some dog owners who do not respond well to friendly reminders. In this case, you can look into legal options. In several areas of Marin County, leaving dog poop on a private or public space can earn the dog owner a citation. You can call the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, who handles all citations for animal control, although they may need to refer you to your city depending on the circumstances.
What if the animal has been let loose on your property? Maybe there is a problem with the fence between your place and a neighbor’s? In this case, you have even more legal options. A loose dog can be restrained and returned to the owner. If it keeps happening, you can even surrender the dog—although we advise you to warn the dog owner you’ll do it first and let the pound know that you know who the owner is.
Other than continuing to call the county, what can you do to repeat dog poop bandits? Our favorite suggestion is to bag the poop up and drop it neatly on the person’s front yard. That way, there’s no escaping the responsibility to dispose of the poop properly.