Reasoning behind park ‘doggy bags’

Re: Some dog owners need obedience lessons (Letters, March 27)

Re: Some dog owners need obedience lessons (Letters, March 27)

Responsible dog owners can certainly appreciate that people who do not clean up after their pets are a nuisance.

However, there may be a logical explanation as to why someone would bother to scoop their dog’s poop and then leave the bag beside the trail.

When you scoop your dog’s poop and you know that there are no disposal facilities in the direction you are heading, rather than packing along a smelly bag of droppings, you simply leave it beside the trail.

Then, when retracing your route back to your vehicle, you retrieve the bag and deposit it in the receptacle in the parking lot or take it with you leave the area.

I should add too that many responsible dog owners will remove the bagged deposits of others if they look like they have been there for a while.

We understand that the privilege of using public spaces with our pets sometimes requires that we all do a little extra. Although not an excuse for irresponsible behaviour, many poop bags and their contents are biodegradable.

A missed bag will disintegrate, unlike the fast food packaging that is routinely discarded in our parks and on our beaches.

John Costello




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