Q. On Sunday the second day of Chol Hamoed Pesach, we took out the car from the garage and sadly discovered that there was a bag of leftover chametz crackers and cookies, destined to be thrown out to the garbage on Erev Pesach, that somehow fell off and ended on a corner of the garage. We sold our chometz but we don’t want that bag of chometz there now. To get rid of it can we borrow the dogs of our non-Jewish neighbor and have them eat the crackers? Can the Rov suggest another way of disposal.
A. Shulchan Aruch (O.H. 448: 66) rules that one cannot feed chometz in Pesach even to someone else or hefker (ownerless) animals. Mishna Berura (ibid. 28) explains that he derives pleasure from feeding those animals. Shaar Hatzion (28) points out that it may be a Biblical prohibition.
One may have a problem even asking a Gentile to dispose of it since it does not belong to him anymore, after all he sold his chometz before Pesach and he may now be stealing it.
Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a agreed that probably the best option is to cover it with boxes that will end up being higher than ten tefachim (about one meter) or to create a mechitza (separating curtain) of that minimum height, and treat it as any other chometz that one locks out correctly and sells it before Pesach.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller Shlit’a.