Reminder to Pet Owners - Be a Good Neighbor

Dear San Marino Residents,

We have received from residents of the community regarding dog waste left on private and public property.  There has been an increased volume of dog waste that has been found on the common areas owned by the City as well as on the private front and side lawns of residents. 

If you are a dog owner, please be respectful of your neighbors’ property as well as the public grounds of the City.  In case you are not aware, City of San Marino Law (06.05.05) requires that pet owners pick up after their pets and properly dispose of their waste.  Furthermore, animal fecal matter serves as a food source for rats and will encourage a rat infestation if it accumulates on the grounds of our neighborhoods.  A rat infestation, once it is established is a health hazard in itself and is very difficult to completely extinguish.  

All dog owners are urged to abide by the law so that the unsightly and unhealthy appearance of dog waste on the grounds can be eliminated.  Please be reminded that pet owners who fail to abide by the City Law can be subject Code Enforcement action. If you observe a dog walker not picking up after the dog’s waste, please report it to the City immediately and if possible, please take a photo of the person and the dog with a cell phone or camera as the photo may be very useful in identifying the violator.  Residents are also encouraged to use the GoGov application, which can be downloaded directly on your mobile device. 

All residents are asked to take pride in the community by adhering to the City rules and laws regarding disposal of pet waste.  If all pet owners within the community practice proper pet waste disposal as mentioned above, the eyesore and health hazard created by pet waste on the grounds can be eliminated.  The City thanks you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.


Aldo Cervantes
Community Development Director 

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