From the Manager’s Desk

I hope everyone in Greatwood is staying home and maintaining social distancing – and of course washing your hands!

It has come to my attention that residents are letting their dogs loose by the Charleston and Lakeview lake and the levee / drainage area. Dogs are also swimming in the lake (be aware that alligators can roam from lake to lake). These behaviors are causing issues with dogs fighting and residents being afraid of the loose dogs.  One such incident resulted in an owner going to the ER and the dog to the Vet.

Here is the text from the City of Sugar Land website regarding dogs for your information:

Sec. 3-12. – Running at large prohibited.

(a)It is unlawful for an owner or person having control of an animal to allow an animal to be running at large.(b)It is unlawful for an owner or person having control of an animal to fail to take the acts necessary to prevent an animal from running at large.(c)It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the animal is:(1)A specially trained dog that is being used with or without a leash by a blind or deaf individual to aid them within the city;(2)In attendance at a formal training class and is under the direct supervision of the owner during the entire class.(3)Within a vehicle being driven or parked; or(4)Inside a designated off-leash animal recreation area owned or leased by the city.

(Ord. No. 1722, § 1, 12-16-2008)

Sec. 3-13. – Animal waste disposal.

(a)It is unlawful for an owner or person having control of an animal to permit the animal to defecate on private property unless the person immediately removes and properly disposes of the feces.(b)It is unlawful for an owner or person having control of an animal to walk the animal on private property without carrying at all times a suitable container or other suitable instrument for the removal and disposal of animal feces.(c)Prior to filing a complaint with the city, the person whose property has been defecated on must give written notice to the owner or person having control of the animal that the animal defecated on the property and the owner or person having control of the animal failed to immediately remove and properly dispose of the feces. A copy of the written notice must be presented to the city at the time of filing the complaint.(d)It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the animal is a specially trained dog that is being used by a blind individual.(e)It is a defense to prosecution under this section that the animal defecates upon private property owned by the owner or person having control of the animal.

(Ord. No. 1722, § 1, 12-16-2008)

Sec. 3-14. – Unreasonably noisy animals.

(a)It is unlawful and declared a nuisance for any owner or person in control of an animal to allow the animal to bark, growl, howl, whine or make any other sound loud and long enough to unreasonably disturb the peace of other people on the same, adjoining or nearby property.(b)Prior to filing a complaint with the city, the person having been disturbed by an animal must give written notice to the owner of the animal that the animal’s conduct has disturbed his peace on more than one occasion. A copy of the written notice must be presented to the city at the time of filing the complaint.

(Ord. No. 1722, § 1, 12-16-2008)