Some dog owners aren't responsible

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I'm 71 years old. I have a dog. Come rain, sleet or snow, this old body walks the dog and picks up after her. She's my dog. The 300 block of South Oak Park Avenue has reached a place where the dog waste is unbelievable. I'm stunned at the amount of poop everywhere. Tonight there's quite a trail of it on the sidewalk at Randolph Street and Oak Park Avenue.

How do you stand there and watch your dog defecate and then walk away and leave it? What are you thinking? These dog owners have to be made to take responsibility for their pets. I cannot begin to tell you the insult of bending down to pick up my dog's poop only to step in the waste of another dog whose owner didn't care.

Judith Loevy

Oak Park

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Nigel from Oak Park  

Posted: October 21st, 2013 1:55 PM

Living on a corner, we were getting a couple dozen poop bags in our garbage (and recycling) every week. Bought a lovely little metal can to put out with a sign on it. Figured better to contain the smell in one container than soil everything behind our garage. Can was stolen within an hour. Sigh. Maybe hidden camera is the only way to bust these folks... http://videos.cctvcamerapros.com/surveillance-news/caught-throwing-dog-poop-video.html

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 11:50 AM

Sure let's put those little stations up so the residents who have them on their parkway can have more shit to smell. Then we can increase the dog license fees on pet owners to pay for them and hire an animal control person to check if dog owners have their licenses current. Really, you guys are pathetic.

Mr. Meow Meows from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 11:44 AM

My stars! I always pick up after my 4 cats whenever I walk them on their diamond studded leashes. People look at me like I'm some kind of weirdo!

A little help  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 10:29 AM

Yep. when random people are coming up to me on the street looking for one I see that as time for the village to get a clue that it's time to install. Lots of condo/apt buildings have done it on their own already. Which is great to see.

Christi Raymond from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 10:10 AM

To A Little Help; Yes many other communities do provide those little stations somewhat like a post with a bag dispenser and a small trash can along biking / walking trails, usually at the beginning of the trail and one or two in the middle and end.

A little help  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:44 AM

@done just trying to help the people complaining about dog owners using their trash. Other towns provide bags and a trash can for pet owners. Several new residents have stopped me lately looking for a station and are amazed when I say they won't find a trash can for blocks. Oh, and mark your recycling, folks, so the poop doesn't get thrown away in the wrong container!

Uncommon Sense  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:41 AM

I've been to some neighborhoods that have those little bag stations for dog waste every other block or so. However, it is pretty pathetic that some dog owners are too cheap or lazy to buy some generic sandwhich bags to pick up after their dogs. The worst is after it snows and then teh snow melts leaving behind all the little frozen presents from lazy dog owners.

Done from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:23 AM

"But the village could do more to get trash receptacles and pet cleanup stations in neighborhoods." Seriously? It's your dog - clean up after it. Take a damn bag and pick it up. If that is too difficult to take something with you, lose the dog. Does the village also need to help you out with paying for vet visits? Dog food? Same concept of the losers who drop candy wrappers, snack bags, styrofoam cups all over the place - someone else will get it.

Christi Raymond from Oak Park  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:22 AM

In addition she doesn't even own a dog.

Christi Raymond from Oak Park   

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:21 AM

Just curious what Bobbie Raymond has to do with dog waste? I'm married to her her son and am well aware of all the good she has done for the Village and her constant involvement in the improvement and integrity of Oak Park

A little help  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 9:05 AM

There are public trash cans in the park at Randolph and Oak Park so no excuse there. But the village could do more to get trash receptacles and pet cleanup stations in neighborhoods.

I'm watching  

Posted: October 17th, 2013 8:53 AM

I have a neighbor of my workplace that collects the poop of their dog all week long so that they can put it in the dumpster here so as not to stink up their trash can. Yep, I caught them with a large bag. I asked them not to dispose of their waste in my dumpster but to take it home to their can. They seemed miffed by it!

Jim  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 10:07 PM

Make that "Bobbie".

Jim  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 10:06 PM

You can all thank Bobby Raymond for the DOWNFALL of the Village of Oak Park.

Speedway from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 7:43 PM

I too have been on the receiver end of dog owners who think their dogs poop is better on someone else's property than their own. Not owning a dog, it makes the problem worse. Why everyone needs to own not one but two and three dogs escapes me. I do appreciate those that pick up but wish you would take it home with you and not put it in my garbage can or recycle bin. Dog poop is not recyclable in that way. Thanks for allowing me to vent.

Ray Simpson from Oak Park  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 7:03 PM

I have watched one lady look around to see if anyone notice her dog dumping - many times. When approached she claims not to have noticed the mountain of poop. Time to resurrect the old Halloween trick of gathering up her dogs output in a paper bag putting it on her front porch ring the door bell and set the bag on fire. Not a good citizen idea I guess but I would love to see her look when she figures out what happened.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 10:39 AM

Sadly there are folks of every walk of life that are not responsible. I live a few blocks south of the area you mention and I'm routinely picking up trash thrown in my front yard. There just isn't any sense of pride in one's community for many folks out there today. Much like the trash, not picking up after a dog is just another symptom of a wider problem.

I second that emotion  

Posted: October 16th, 2013 9:34 AM

Judith-thank you! I could not have said it better myself. While most owners do pick up, there are still plenty that don't or feel that signs telling you that your dog must be leashed does not apply to them. Just because your dog defecates in the parkway, you are still responsible to pick it up. Just because your dog is a "good listener" they must be leashed out in public or in the parks. PERIOD

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