Pet owners warned to pick up after their dogs

While many dog owners appreciate the off-leash areas at Point Pleasant Park, many do not appreciate the dog feces some owners leave behind.

Heather Spurrell pulls out a disposable bag provided at the main entrance of the park
Heather Spurrell pulls out a disposable bag at the entrance of Point Pleasant Park. (Elsa Chang photo)

By Elsa Chang

While many dog owners appreciate the off-leash areas at Point Pleasant Park, many do not appreciate the dog feces some owners leave behind.

Heather Spurrell is one of those shocked dog owners.

“I don’t know why they undermine their own interests in walking their own dogs,” she said.

Heather Spurrell
Heather Spurrell wonders why people don’t pick up after their pets.

When Spurrell noticed that people didn’t pick up after their pets, she even tried to give them bags to draw their attention to what their dogs had done.

Spurrell said fellow dog owners “want to be able to walk their dogs, but if they don’t pick up after their dog, people are not going to allow it.”

BioBag kiosk for dogs. (Elsa Chang photo)

 

Dog owner David Hazen feels the same way, and warns irresponsible dog owners that the city can stop allowing the dogs to go off-leash in these areas.

“The city takes the complaints from non-dog owners very seriously, especially when it’s a multi-user area,” Hazen said.

To ensure a cleaner environment, Hazen has even helped clean up other people’s dog waste when he walks his dog at Point Pleasant Park.

Linda Maurice, owner of three dogs, believes that dog owners should be responsible for cleaning up their own pet’s feces.

Linda Maurice
Linda Maurice explains the inportance of cleaning up the dog feces.

“It would let everyone enjoy the park this way, especially the people with their young children,” she said. “You don’t want mess like that around.”

Maurice cautions that dog feces could spread viruses, bacteria and parasites.

“Point Pleasant Park has lots of garbage can service locations, so there is no reason not to pick up and throw it in the proper receptacle,” Maurice said.

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“Everything is provided for us to do that, so it’s only the irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up after their dogs.”