Dog Poop on the Sidewalk: Is It a Problem on Your Street?

Since my wife and dog and I moved to North Salem in December, I've noticed a lack of responsibility among my fellow dog owners.

Warning — The photo that accompanies this post might turn the stomachs of some readers. But what's worse is running into it in person.

My wife and I (and our elderly dog) moved to North Salem in December. We love our new neighborhood.

That said, I think we have to be honest that there is a dog poop problem along Buffum Street. As a dog walker myself, I have to take responsibilty for keeping those deuces off the sidewalks.

One of my neighbors has taken to drawing attention to the problem by writing "PIG" in big chalk letters on the sidewalk whenever a thoughtless dog owner leaves their pooch's little presents right in the way of pedestrians.

I took the attached photo yesterday. It's just the latest example. I applaud my chalk-using neighbor and decry my other neighbors who insist on not cleaning up after their dog. After I took the photo, I did pick up that poop as best I could. Like many dog walkers, I carry extra bags for just this situation.

That's the report from Buffum in North Salem. How's your street?

Meg Elizabeth February 23, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Nancy, these sound helpful, and a nice addition to give to those that 'forgot their bag' as well . I wonder if we could get signs for all the parks about these facts and the fines? Also, I find the lack of trash barrels annoying, and probably a deterrent for some (i don't want to carry poop). I don't have a dog, so I'm guessing here. But if I recall, my last walk by the wharf (friendship part) there were no trash cans there.
ACG February 23, 2013 at 02:40 PM
I live off of Buffum and agree that it is a problem from time to time. We have two dogs and when we walk around the neighborhood we always have bags with us. Drives me crazy when I come home from work and see a pile of poop on the sidewalk in front of my door.
Tracey Mitchell February 23, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Once again another disgusting problem left unchecked here in Salem, as I'm sure in other cities as well. I being a walking person all of the time, I spend most of it managing to avoid the land mines left everywhere. One spot which is totally gross is by the St Joe construction site, these people who live down here, and I'm sure we all know who most of them are, act totally clueless and have no problem letting 2 or 3 pitbulls do their business and keep right on walking. How about having Salem's finest issue a few tickets, until something is done these people will continue to destroy the quality of life for everyone who enjoys their daily walks
Stephan June 02, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Using worms to cnvert dog poop into plant food! Dealing with dog waste is probably one of the things every dog owner dreads! There are indeed millions of nicer topics to talk about than dog waste or dog shit (sorry for using that word but it is what it is)! But lets face it every proud owner of a German Shepherd, Jack Russel, Husky or any other breed will have to make a plan to get rid of his or her best friends waste. After all dog feces can be annoying, smelly and even the cause of disease. There are a lot of bacteria in dog waste including E. coli, and salmonella. Probably the most common way to deal with dog waste is to send the children into the garden or backyard on a regular basis to scoop up the smelly piles and throw them into the rubbish bin. This way we get rid of the problem in our backyard but the animal waste would still be dumped on the municipal landfill sites and pose a threat to the communal health. A much better way to deal with dog waste is to use earthworms or better composting worms to convert the dog shit into nutrient rich worm castings. Dog shit, is in an excellent food source for earthworms. Worms don’t have teeth and can only feed on soft decomposing materials. To get free advise how to start a pet poop composter go to the following web site and learn how you can easily recycle dog poop without bad odors or trouble! http://www.worm-composting-help.com/dog-poop.html Kind regards Stephan
Layla DeAmore June 27, 2013 at 01:05 PM
This photograph is poor excuse for evidence and the writer's word is an excellent example of ignorance. While I commend your effort, albeit obnoxious effort, to clean up your streets, did you consider a poor stray animal might have done that? Accusing dog walkers of not cleaning up after their dogs is actually as tactless as dog walkers not cleaning up after their dogs. In the event a dog walker is unable to clean up after his or her dog, I encourage those who call out "Aren't you going to clean that up?" to merely say, "I'm guessing your forgot your cleanup bag, but I have one you can use." This shows the that the self professed dog poop neighborhood watchers are not demented idiots on the look out for dog poop crimes, but instead they love their neighborhood and want to encourage others to love it as well. Sometimes, you get more flies with sugar...and yes, poop too. Otherwise, each person is just as obnoxious as each other.


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