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Reminder: Dog Owner Policy
Posted on Jul 20th, 2012

July 9, 2012
Dear Ivy Walk Residents and Homeowners,

In accordance with the ongoing responsibility of protecting property values and maintaining the appeal of the community, the board of directors has spent a considerable amount of time discussing certain ongoing issues regarding dogs.  

If you are a dog owner, please take a moment to review the current policies regarding pet ownership and your required responsibilities. The pet policy is designed to help protect your investment, to address residents' concerns, and to protect the safety and quality of living for all the residents of the community. You may review the complete pet policy in the association’s declaration of condominium.

As everyone should know, our city and county ordinances, as well as the condominium declaration, require each pet owner to pick up their pet’s waste immediately and to walk their pets on a leash at all times when outside a unit.

During a recent walk around the property with a landscape contractor, we were shocked by the numerous piles of dog waste we found in and around the community. Pet waste is unsightly and poses a health risk to other animals and to children. This year alone, the Association will spend approximately $12,000 to address dog related damages and/or maintain pet disposal and walking areas of which will be funded from the general operating account. 
The board finds it necessary to fine any known violators in order to help offset these cleanup expenses. Unfortunately, if the current trend continues, it may become necessary to increase the association fees to fund these costs on a regular basis. Please be reminded that cameras located throughout the community and that each violation fine is $250 per occurrence.
You can help by reporting to the property manager, Deborah Burns (770-200-8262) or dburns@heritageproperty.com, if you should happen to notice anyone failing to follow the pet rules and regulations.
 
Dog Owner Policy
Cobb County Ordinances and Ivy Walk Rules
Cobb County Leash Law
Sec. 10-11. Control of animal.

b. When off the premises of the owner, all animals shall at a minimum be maintained on an appropriate chain, leash, or tie not exceeding 6 feet in length, and in the hands of a person who possesses the ability to restrain the animal.
 
Sec. 10-138. Sanitation
(a) Animal owners must keep their yard, property, porches, balconies, decks, etc. reasonably free of animal feces. Animal waste shall be removed in a timely manner so that the property shall be kept reasonably waste/odor-free to prevent it from becoming a health hazard or nuisance. Feces
shall be placed in a closed or sealed container and thereafter disposed of it in a trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit, or other closed or sealed refuse container.
(b) Persons who permit their animal to defecate on public or private property other than their own property are required to immediately pick up the feces, place it in a closed or sealed container, and properly dispose of it promptly in a trash receptacle, sanitary disposal unit, or other closed or sealed refuse container.
 
Ivy Walk Neighborhood  – Declaration and Pet Policy
Guideline Number 1
Pets
1. Pets such as dogs, cats, hamsters, birds fish, etc., are acceptable as long as they do not go against any local or state laws governing domestic pets.  Potbellied pigs, livestock, and/or poultry are not allowed. Pet considered dangerous or vicious will not be allowed.
 
2. All pets must have proper vaccinations and licenses.
 
3. Pets shall be restrained on a leash at all times when outside a unit, and must be accompanied by the pet owner or obligated adult. Pets are not permitted to be unattended or tied up in the Common Area at any time.
 
4. Pet owners must immediately clean up after their pet and dispose of the pet waste in appropriate receptacles.
 
5. Patios, decks, balconies, and courtyards shall not be used as animal control areas. Any pet that is determined to be, in the sole discretion of the Board of Directors, an unreasonable nuisance to the neighborhood due to excessive noise or odor, shall be subject to removal from the neighborhood.  Outdoor pet houses are not allowed.
 
6. Pet owners are responsible for any damage to Common Areas that is caused by their pet(s). Any necessary repairs shall be made by the Association and assessed to the homeowner.
Restricted Breeds – “No American Pit Bull Terriers, Rotweillers, Doberman Pinschers, may be brought onto or kept on the Condominium at any time.  In addition, other animals determined in the Board’s sole discretion to be dangerous shall not be brought onto or kept on the Condominium at any time”.