Fran Lee, pooper scooper law advocate, dies at 99

The News Leader

February 20, 2010 9:48:14 AM PST
Fran Lee, a consumer advocate who championed New York City's "pooper-scooper" law and appeared regularly on television in the 1960s and 1970s, has died at age 99. The consumer advocate's son says she died on Feb. 13 at her home in Israel.

The white-haired former actress with huge round glasses and a New York accent was a loud national voice on public health and safety issues. She called herself Mrs. Fix-It and Granny Franny on programs like "The Tonight Show," "The Mike Douglas Show" and "The Steve Allen Show."

In the early '70s, Lee founded a New York group whose aim was to eliminate dog waste from streets. She said roundworm in dog feces was a health risk.

The law that requires owners to clean up after their dogs was passed in 1978.