There is a leash law in effect in Point Venture.
Make sure all your animals are vaccinated!
All dogs are required to be registered if they reside in Point Venture.
- You must clean clean up after your dog, it's the Village law.
PV Animal Control advises residents to always vaccinate their dogs against rabies and canine distemper. Wild animals in our area are susceptible to rabies and distemper, so if you see one displaying odd behavior (out during daytime, no fear of humans, disorientation, aggression, excessive salvation, spinning in circles and jaw tremors) stay away from it, and contact Point Venture Animal Control immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my dog need to be registered with the Village?
Yes, all dogs in Point Venture must be registered at the Village of Point Venture office annually. Click Here for Registration Documents: PV_dog_registration.pdf (vopv.org)
Is there a leash law in Point Venture?
Yes, all dogs must be on a leash within the Village of Point Venture.
Do I have to clean up after my dog?
Yes, you must clean up after your dog, and throw it in a waste container.
Why is it important to clean up after my dog?
- Dog waste can take up to 12 months to fully break down. Plus, when rainwater washes over dog poop, it flows into the drainage systems. Then the contaminated water is carried into lakes, streams, and rivers. What this means is the next time you go swimming in your favorite spot, you could be swimming in fecal water. Studies have shown that up to 30% of bacteria found in rivers and lakes comes from pet waste. There are nutrients and pathogens that can pollute the water if the poop is not disposed of correctly. When your furry best friend does his business and the waste ends up in the water, it decomposes and releases harmful nutrients that will cause excessive growth of algae and weeds in the water. The water will become smelly and unusable for locals to swim, fish, or boat in. When water is polluted with this kind of waste it can cause severe illness for humans. You should avoid letting your dog poop within 200 feet of a body of water, always pick it up, and remember to never throw dog waste into a storm drain.
The parasites and bacteria in dog waste can spread disease to other dogs and even you if not properly picked up. E. coli and salmonella are some of the bacteria which are carried in dog waste. Even if your dog does not show symptoms of being sick their waste can carry diseases that are harmful to humans and other pets. Plus, Coronavirus, Giardiasis, Parvovirus, Cryptosporidiosis, Salmonellosis, and Campylobacteriosis, along with several types of worms like ringworm and tapeworm. The parasites and bacteria can stay in the soil for years. By not picking up after your dog, you're putting other people's pets at risk for exposure to harmful bacteria. Children who play outside and gardeners are at the most risk for contamination.
If you think, as many people do, that dog waste is a natural fertilizer, think again. Since most dogs' diets are high in protein, it has the reverse effect of fertilizer. Dog poop is exceptionally high in nitrogen and phosphorus, so if you let your dog’s waste lay in your grass, it can actually cause burns in your lawn. Since it’s so acidic, it will kill your grass if it isn’t picked up. Dog waste isn’t the same as deer and cow poop since deer and cows eat plant matter. While cow poop can be used as compost in gardens and fields. In fact, dog poop can contaminate fruits, vegetables, and surrounding areas with harmful bacteria if not composted properly.
You might think that your dog’s poop cannot do much harm. However, it can throw off the balance of an ecosystem especially in heavily populated areas. An ecosystem can handle about two dogs per square mile. However, in many cities, there are close to 125 dogs per square mile! Which is plenty to throw off an ecosystem especially if some owners are not picking up pet waste on a regular basis.