Town considers hidden cameras to catch dog scofflaws

A Connecticut town is considering installing hidden cameras at a park to catch dog owners who don't clean up after their pets relieve themselves.

New Canaan Parks and Recreation Chairwoman Sally Campbell says the plan to install cameras is part of an effort to address the park's dog excrement problem. She says police are also stepping up patrols near parks.

Parks Commissioner Francesca Segalas says some cameras would be placed in the parking lot to record license plates, while others would be hidden along trails so police could match pet owners with their vehicles and issue a fine.

The camera plan comes after the police department says it does not have enough resources to keep an officer in parks full time.

For over a month, a commission-designated Dog Poop Initiative group of volunteers has been placing yellow flags next to left-behind dog poop. On a recent day, dozens of flags were in the park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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