Question: A Tewksbury Patch reader has been wondering about the problem of dogs roaming free in his neighborhood. He wanted to know what the town bylaws said about nuisance dogs and the responsibilities of dog owners.
Answer: The town bylaws address the issue in the following way:
6.04.110 Public Nuisances
Every owner or keeper of a dog shall exercise proper care and control of his/her dog so as to prevent said dogs from becoming a public nuisance. It shall be deemed a public nuisance if any dog should trespass upon private property and deposit feces thereon, unless immediately removed by the owner or keeper of said dog. (This is copied under section 6.04.110 - Laws Pertaining to Dogs Booklet)
So there you have it. Keep control of your dog and make sure it doesn't go wandering into other people's yards. If your fluffy bundle of joy does happen to deposit a "little present" on someone else's property, clean it up immediately or you could be subject to a nuisance complaint.