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If you don't pick up after your pet, it'll cost you $150

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

If you don't pick up after your pet in Portland, you might have to write a check to the city.

The city council passed an ordinance Wednesday instituting a $150 fine for violating pet leash and scoop laws.

Portland Parks and Recreation workers receive more reports about people ignoring rules involving their dogs than any other type of illegal behavior.

Department workers could only previously issue warnings or exclude people from the area for not cleaning up their pet's waste or letting their dogs run free in leash-required areas, according to the ordinance.

Expenses are expected to be $100,000 to enforce the regulations, including a staff of one part-time seasonal program administrator and four part-time seasonal park rangers.

Revenue is expected to be $130,000.

The money from the fines will go to the general operating fund for Portland Parks and Recreation.

Portland Parks and Recreation workers said the goal isn't to generate money, but to clean up parks and trails. As compliance increases, revenue can be expected to go down.

The department previously contracted with Multnomah County Animal Services to have one officer patrol parks and enforce leash and scoop laws. That $70,000 contract was eliminated as part of budget cuts.

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