A recent KVVU Fox5Vegas “The Rant” segment featured a local man’s frustration with his equestrian neighbors. Seems the riders in his area fail to clean up after their horses when they relieve themselves on neighborhood streets and sidewalks. To listen to his rant click http://www.fox5vegas.com/video/23037064/index.html. (It is the very last one in the segment.)
Our Las Vegas Metro Police Department Mounted Officers are constantly in public areas with their horses so what are they required to do? The answer is: they are equipped with a scoop and garbage bag to pick up after their horses. However, if the mess is on the roadway, it stays due to traffic and safety issues. If the mess is on private property or on a pedestrian walkway, the Officers clean up after their horses.
Outside of Nevada, many communities and public beaches have bylaws requiring horse owners to clean up after their animals. On November 12, 2009, in Brevard County, Florida, horses were given an exemption from a bylaw banning animals from doing their business on public property, and requiring owners to clean it up. Commissioners accepted that it was not feasible for horse owners to stop, safely secure their animal, and clean up after them.
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