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City to ask horse owners to deal with poop

Horse manure on the streets, in a parking lot and even on a sidewalk have prompted a city of Sunnyside subcommittee to seek changes in how Cinco de Mayo and other parades here are organized.

During the city council's public works subcommittee meeting this past Monday, Public Works Supervisor Shane Fisher noted Cinco de Mayo Parade entrants with horses did not make provisions to clean up after their animals.

The waste was widespread, said Fisher, and a parking lot used for the parade was littered with about 200 piles of horse manure.

Councilman and subcommittee member Jason Raines suggested animal owners involved in city parades and festivals pay a refundable deposit to help ensure clean up.

Fisher said he would work with the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce to address the issue for future parades to make sure horse owners deal with manure.

"If you bring the animal in pick it (manure) up and take it back out with you," he said.

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