CULVER CITY ANIMAL SERVICES
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  "POOP SCOOPER" ORDINANCE

  Does Culver City have a "poop scooper" ordinance?

Yes, Culver City requires the owner to clean up after his dog on private and public property. The owner must carry something to pick up and carry the dog waste which must be properly disposed of. Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.

  1. Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.350 Removal and Disposal of Dog Feces from Public and Private Property
    • A person who owns or has custody of a dog shall immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in an appropriate device and depositing in a sanitary receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog on any public or private property without the consent of the person in lawful possession of the property.

    • A person who has custody of a dog shall carry an appropriate device to pick up dog feces during all times when the dog is not on the premises of its owner or custodian.

    • Exception: The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a blind person being accompanied by a guide dog.


  2. Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.400 Rules and Regulations
    • The person who has charge, care, custody or control of any dog is required to pick-up and dispose of the dog's feces in trash receptacles both in and out of the Dog Park.

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  Why do I have to pick up my dog's poop?

Every time it rains, thousands of pounds of pet waste wash down storm drains and into streams, rivers and lakes. If not disposed of properly, pet waste flows directly into nearby streams and creeks without being treated at wastewater treatment facilities. A recent U.S. Geological Survey study of streams and creeks showed that bacteria associated with pet waste is the source of approximately 25% of the bacteria in samples collected from local waterways..

When pet waste is disposed of improperly, water quality isnít the only thing that suffers. Your health may also be at risk. Adults working in their gardens, children playing outside and family pets are the most at risk for infection from some of the bacteria and parasites found in pet waste.

  1. Dog defecation that is not disposed of properly may be a health hazard to people and other pets.
    • Canine diseases and parasites are often shed in feces. Direct contact may put children and other dogs at risk.

    • Roundworm, hookworm and other parasitic worms may be transmitted to young children and adults who play or work in their yard/dirt when dog feces is present.

    • Ocular larva migraines (an eye disease caused by parasitic worms found in dog droppings) can cause serious eye damage to young children.

    • Storm sewers discharge rainwater and snow melt into the nearest river or lake, or directly into the ocean. Dog waste that is not picked up may be carried into the storm sewer systems by water run off and may result in water pollution and in bacterial contamination, such as elevated levels of E. coli.

    • Dog defecation contains disease-carrying bacteria and toxins that can increase the risk of viral infections, flu, and skin rashes for ocean swimmers near storm drain outlets.

    • More than 10 million gallons of water containing fecal contaminants from human and animal sources, flows into neighborhood storm drains every day.


  2. Dog defecation may be a health hazard to your own dog.
    • Removing dog feces prevents re-infestation of your dog from exposure to infective worm eggs and larvae.

    • Roundworm, hookworm and other parasitic worms can easily be transmitted back to your own dog and other dogs.


  3. It's the law! Violations are subject to citations with fines up to $500.
    • Culver City Municipal Code 9.01.350 Removal and Disposal of Dog Feces from Public and Private Property

      • A person who owns or has custody of a dog shall immediately remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner, by placing in an appropriate device and depositing in a sanitary receptacle, any feces deposited by such dog on any public or private property without the consent of the person in lawful possession of the property.

      • A person who has custody of a dog shall carry an appropriate device to pick up dog feces during all times when the dog is not on the premises of its owner or custodian.

      • Exception: The provisions of this Section shall not apply to a blind person being accompanied by a guide dog.

    • Culver City Municipal Code 9.10.400 Rules and Regulations
      • The person who has charge, care, custody or control of any dog is required to pick-up and dispose of the dog's feces in trash receptacles both in and out of the Dog Park.

    • Dog defecation is a nuisance.
      • No one enjoys maneuvering around piles of dog waste.

      • In addition to being unsightly, the odor from dog feces is unpleasant and may attract flies.

      • When it's your dog on your neighbor's lawn, it causes a great deal of hostility--toward you, and your dog. After a day of baking in the sun, the odor from dog feces can become offensive. It can ruin a good pair of shoes. Kids play on the grass, and families enjoy picnicking. Dog feces takes the joy out of outdoors activities.

      • Dog feces and urine are highly acidic and are very harmful to your lawn.

      • Dog food has animal proteins in it that make your dog's waste damaging to plants and landscapes.

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  My neighbor lets his dog poop in my yard. What do I do?

You can submit a complaint via telephone at 310-253-6143, via e-mail at animal.services@culvercity.org, or via fax at 310-253-6217 (Please ensure to attention: Culver City Animal Services)

If the Culver City Animal Services Officer observes a violation at the time of the visit, appropriate action will be taken. Because most animal ordinances are considered infractions, the Culver City Animal Services Officer cannot take any legal action unless the Officer actually witnesses a violation in progress. This does not mean nothing can be done about a violation. Citizens can provide supportive evidence, photographs, video recordings, and documentation regarding a complaint to:.

Culver City Animal Services
Culver City Police Department
4040 Duquesne Avenue
Culver City, California 90232

Citizens can also e-mail the information or complaint to:

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Culver City encompasses approx. 5 square miles and is home to approx. 40,000 residents. It is just minutes from LAX, Marina del Rey and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown Los Angeles, making it ideal for residents, business, and visitors alike. For more information, click here for the official website for The City of Culver City.

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