(PHOTO: Roscoe the Boxer bolts through the Shea Woods. File photo / December 2017.)
Irresponsible dog owners who neglect to pick up after their dogs is a chronic issue in the suburbs during winter time.
Case in point: the unofficial Stittsville dog park (aka Shea Woods) off Abbott & Shea. Users of this special area really need to take ownership of the dog waste issue and pick up after their dog. Pay attention folks! I can understand if your dog runs way off the beaten path and relieves itself deeper in the forest (where nobody walks and you either missed it or don’t see it), but when your furry friend poops right on the main path, or just to the side of it where we all walk and our dogs meander, it is a very different story.
I sincerely worry that this is not only a health hazard, but something that could prevent the City’s plans to move forward with an official dog park designation. Perhaps a much-needed dog waste disposal bin at either entrance to the area is in order? I am more than willing to pitch in money for this given the genuine health hazard this un-scooped waste is likely already causing.
For the enjoyment of all, PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG! Maybe it’s time to start poop shaming dog owners… any ideas?
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