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Police: Keep dogs out of water supply - or face fines

June 19, 2014

By Paul Tennant, The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

June 19--NORTH ANDOVER -- Public Works Director Bruce Thibodeau has sent out a message with real estate tax bills urging residents who own dogs to keep their pets out of Lake Cochichewick, the town's source of drinking water.

Thibodeau also reminds residents to pick up their dogs' waste and deposit it in a trash receptacle. Canine droppings that are left on the ground can eventually be washed into streams and other bodies of water that end up in the lake, he pointed out.

Town bylaws require that dogs be leashed when they are outside and that owners collect their waste. Lt. Charles Gray, spokesperson for the North Andover Police Department, said officers will begin enforcing the dog-related bylaws "once sufficient notice has been given."

The fines for violating these regulations start at $25 for failure to comply with the leash law, according to the town clerk's office.

Several dogs were reported swimming in Lake Cochichewick at 5:22 p.m. Saturday. Officer Jason Wedge spoke to the owners and advised them that neither dogs nor humans are allowed to swim in the lake.

The following morning, at 11:15, dogs were again seen swimming in the lake, according to the police log. They were gone by the time police arrived.

The police will use social media to get the message out that dogs are not allowed in Lake Cochichewick or nearby Stevens Pond; and that owners are legally required to collect their pets' waste, Gray said.

Thibodeau noted that plastic bags for "poop scooping" as well as trash barrels are located at the town's playgrounds and conservation areas.


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