This image was shared by Stittsville resident Kristin Harcoff. It shows a pair of concrete barriers at the end of Maple Grove Road near Alon Street, at the edge of the Jackson Trails and Bryanston Gate.
“Dear neighbours of Bryanston Gate and Jackson Trails. This is not a garbage can, and especially not one for your dog’s shit. Take it home with you. Not only am I embarrassed, being a dog owner myself, I am completely disgusted that I had to move your dog’s shit bags so I could just barely squeeze my stroller between these cement blocks. You can’t possibly live far if you are waking here, and since you have been so kind to bag your poop, perhaps you could be so kind not to leave it on a path I regularly use.”
Improperly disposed dog waste is a big stinking problem in Stittsville and across Ottawa — this is just one example. Not only is it unpleasant to look at, but it’s also a health issue too.
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Cheryl Dewar via email:
“I was in the UK recently and noticed they have containers for bagged dog waste. They are a dog friendly nation. This is an interesting site.
A few comments so far from Facebook and Twitter:
- Tim Harcoff: People just need to be more responsible for their own mess. Put your own dog’s crap in your own garbage like I do.
- Melissa Paterson: Having waste disposal receptacles at popular dog walking spots around Stittsville would at least ensure that dog waste is contained and not left around.
- Sandy Reely: NOT putting “no dog waste” on already available garbage cans in parks would help.
- Suzanne Bird: There is an awesome company that puts up stations with biodegradable bags and trash cans. Would love to see the city work with them at dog parks more.
- Wendy Killeen: I am also embarrassed by this since I have two dogs. What is also disgusting is when people bag the poop and hang it in a tree, I see this a lot along the trails. What’s the point of that?