Palmerton has made changes to ensure its dog ordinance has more teeth in it.

On a 6-0 vote, borough council on Thursday adopted an ordinance to amend Section 54 of the code of the borough entitled dogs or other animals. Councilman Jeremy Barbosa was absent.

The amendments to section 54-5 Nuisances, states that no person owning, harboring, keeping, or in charge of any dog shall cause, suffer or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park, or any place where people congregate or walk, or on any public property whatsoever, or on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property.

The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curb lines, which may be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:

The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method.

The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

In addition, no person owning, harboring keeping or in charge of any dog shall cause, suffer, or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on property under their ownership or control in any area or on any structure within 20-feet of a dwelling, deck or patio type structure on a neighboring property, unless the person shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method.

Council's decision comes one month after several residents complained about their neighborhood.