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Dog owners that leave their dog's "gifts" on Leslieville residents' property

I'm not even going to hide my anger and disgust at the dog owner(s) who have recently abandoned their dog's waste in the 6' x 1' garden/soil in front of our home. That's right, the tiny 6' x 1' area/garden in front of our home.  Not the large semi-public area of bushes across the street in one direction, and not the immense dog-friendly field in the Ashbridges Estate (across the street in another direction). 

 

I'll be honest, I'm not thrilled that all of these areas are mere steps away from my home and most dog owners let their dogs do their business on tiny plots of private resident land such as ours.  I think that it's good neighbour etiquette to at least try to walk your dog to a public area instead of private resident land.  In any case, these particular dog owners are a moving well past poor etiquette and into low, cowardly, and illegal behaviour. 

 

We live in the Connaught Avenue and Queen Street area.  We love the neighbourhood.  We have met some great neighbours so far. These recent incidences have just disturbed me. 

 

If anyone has any advice on how to deter this behaviour (there is a hefty fine for leaving dog waste in Toronto, correct?), then please feel free to share your ideas.

 

I'll be on the lookout for these offending "people" however this appears to occur later in the evening or very early in the morning.

 

 

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We have the same problem here at our house at Queen & Carlaw.  Unluckily for us, we're one of the few houses on our section of the street with an actual lawn, small though it may be.  Owners regularly let their dogs use our lawn for their business and many don't pick up afterwards.  What drives my DH even crazier are the owners who let their dogs poop in our laneway parking and don't pick it up.  Just because your dog poops in a laneway, you still have to pick it up.  It's still on someone's property.  And don't get me started on the ones who drop their dog poop bags in your green bin AFTER it's already been emptied...

Super soaker with patchoulli oil in it.  Then they might get how frickin annoying that stuff is.  

 

I suggest cameras and stealth work.  

DH?  Designated Husband?  I send all the good birds over to your feeders, but I don't send the dogs.  

As a responsible dog owner, I hate it when this happens. I also suggest a sprinkler with a motion-detector. Or, perhaps, lying in wait and choosing just that moment to water your small patch of lawn. It probably only needs to happen once or twice.

 

I kid. But I also picked a trucker bomb out of our front garden last week, and see that there's another there now. It seems like a luxury to complain about dog poo when when I have human stank to deal with.

feel free to send a letter to the editor to the Beach-Riverdale Mirror - letters@insidetoronto.com -

The day after you wrote this I walked out of my home to see another "present" left in the walkway.  Unbelieveable.  Seems to be an epidemic over the last few weeks. I also had that green bin incident occur more than once.   Dropping your dog's waste in my green bin so that I can keep it in my garage for a whole week to the next pick up date.  That action deserves "something special" in return...needless to say that I would love to "speak" with that offender in person.

 

I'm glad to hear that some of you in the neighbourhood share my belief that this is seriously wrong.


Jen C said:

We have the same problem here at our house at Queen & Carlaw.  Unluckily for us, we're one of the few houses on our section of the street with an actual lawn, small though it may be.  Owners regularly let their dogs use our lawn for their business and many don't pick up afterwards.  What drives my DH even crazier are the owners who let their dogs poop in our laneway parking and don't pick it up.  Just because your dog poops in a laneway, you still have to pick it up.  It's still on someone's property.  And don't get me started on the ones who drop their dog poop bags in your green bin AFTER it's already been emptied...

Hi Maria, thank you for the supportive response. 

 

I had to look up the "trucker bomb" reference.  That's terrible.  I'm not sure dog poop is a luxury in comparison, but both incidences certainly share the complete lack of basic human regard or respect.

 

We're thinking of installing a 1-2' high fence around the garden.  I hope that does the trick.  It's most unfortunate that I have to put a single dollar into preventing something that should never happen in the first place.

 

Marla Good said:

As a responsible dog owner, I hate it when this happens. I also suggest a sprinkler with a motion-detector. Or, perhaps, lying in wait and choosing just that moment to water your small patch of lawn. It probably only needs to happen once or twice.

 

I kid. But I also picked a trucker bomb out of our front garden last week, and see that there's another there now. It seems like a luxury to complain about dog poo when when I have human stank to deal with.

People that don't pick up their dog shit in general are high on my list of most hated people. It's really nice when I'm rolling down the sidewalk on my skateboard and my push foot starts wreaking of dog shit that someone didn't take the 3 seconds to clean up.

We have had real ongoing problems with owned, outdoor cats using our front, side and rear gardens as toilets. The stink of urine at the front of the house is awful in summer months, and having to pick dozens of pieces of cat feces from my garden is disgusting and infuriating.

 

I believe that if you decide to own a pet it is your responsibility to care for it to the best of your ability, and this should include the proper gathering and disposal of any waste. If you have an outdoor cat you know it is defecating somewhere and that someone else is therefore having to deal with the problem.

 

In no way am I trying to minimize the frustration of you receiving regular "dog-gifts," I'm just adding to the list of requests for inconsiderate pet owners to step up and do the right thing!

 

People - if something comes out of the bum of your pet YOU should pick it up.

Rich 2010:  On behalf of dog owners I have to offer you an appology.  It is absolutely un-neighbourly to not pick up after your pet.  I have been a dog owner for over 10 years now and responsibly clean up after my dogs.  I believe most dog owners do, as well.  There are clearly some thoughtless dog owners who neglect this responsibility (among others) and should, quite frankly, not be allowed the privilege of owning a dog.  They give the rest of us a bad name.  We also have a small garden plot in front of our house and have been left unwanted presents many times.  Not just the doggy-variety, however.  Unfortunately we have a bus stop directly in front of our home, so any number of unwanted gifts are frequently left in flower garden -- cigarette butts, beer cans, pop bottles -- you name it, we get it.  People who disrespect the property of others should know better.  Whether it's dog crap or any other discarded waste, it's completely un-neighbourly!

That's a tough one J G and a good point.  Very tough to control outdoor cats.  I've been told that once outdoor cats find a spot they tend to return to that same spot.  Are there any good solutions that you know which can deter the behaviour?

 

I have to agree (although I'm unsure of the solution to deter outdoor cats).  Pet owners in general should do their best to be responsible for their own pets' actions.  I think you're correct in that they're equally frustrating on one level - you're left cleaning up someone else's mess.  The other bit of frustration for me is that this particular dog owner (or owners) is fully aware of what their pet is doing at the time they're doing it.

J G said:

We have had real ongoing problems with owned, outdoor cats using our front, side and rear gardens as toilets. The stink of urine at the front of the house is awful in summer months, and having to pick dozens of pieces of cat feces from my garden is disgusting and infuriating.

 

I believe that if you decide to own a pet it is your responsibility to care for it to the best of your ability, and this should include the proper gathering and disposal of any waste. If you have an outdoor cat you know it is defecating somewhere and that someone else is therefore having to deal with the problem.

 

In no way am I trying to minimize the frustration of you receiving regular "dog-gifts," I'm just adding to the list of requests for inconsiderate pet owners to step up and do the right thing!

 

People - if something comes out of the bum of your pet YOU should pick it up.

Hi Robert,

 

Thank you for your kind response.  I want to emphasize the fact that I hold no ill will towards dog owners in general.  Although I can't scientifically prove it, I believe that it's a small 1-2% minority of dog owners who are the problem.

 

I think the unfortunate fact is that if you're an inconsiderate person...no that's too kind....if you're a poor excuse for a human being, you'll act in ways that are offensive and disrespectful of others.  Owning a dog just gives these people one more way to show their lack of respect, manners, or basic civility.  

 

 

Robert Bright said:

Rich 2010:  On behalf of dog owners I have to offer you an appology.  It is absolutely un-neighbourly to not pick up after your pet.  I have been a dog owner for over 10 years now and responsibly clean up after my dogs.  I believe most dog owners do, as well.  There are clearly some thoughtless dog owners who neglect this responsibility (among others) and should, quite frankly, not be allowed the privilege of owning a dog.  They give the rest of us a bad name.  We also have a small garden plot in front of our house and have been left unwanted presents many times.  Not just the doggy-variety, however.  Unfortunately we have a bus stop directly in front of our home, so any number of unwanted gifts are frequently left in flower garden -- cigarette butts, beer cans, pop bottles -- you name it, we get it.  People who disrespect the property of others should know better.  Whether it's dog crap or any other discarded waste, it's completely un-neighbourly!

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