Osoyoos man upset by ‘deplorable mess’ left behind by irresponsible dog owners

By on December 24, 2013

Dear Editor:

The article in the December 4 edition of the Osoyoos Times regarding the deplorable mess of dog poop on the Osoyoos Elementary School grounds was most timely and well presented.

However, the elementary school grounds are not the only place in town where this serious problem exists.

The same problem exists on the fields near Osoyoos Secondary School, where irresponsible dog walkers refuse to exercise their responsibility to pick up their dog’s messes.

They seem to prefer to leave it to be stepped on by the students, tracked into the school or to be picked up by more responsible dog walkers – as is often the case.

Further, the dog park opened by the town last year has become a deplorable mess.

Starting from the parking lots and continuing to the park is a trail of heaps of dog poop left behind by irresponsible dog owners.

Inside the park – in spite of adequate signage and “doggie bags” provided free of charge by the town – irresponsible dolts continue to leave heaps of dog poop behind to be rolled in and stepped on by other dogs or stepped in by other dog walkers.

Do these irresponsible dolts think that their dog’s messes are somebody else’s responsibility?

Haynes Point Provincial Park has shown great improvement on cleanliness thanks to the co-operation and help of many conscientious dog walkers – although there are a few who seem to think that it is beneath their dignity to pick up after their pets and continue to leave messes behind for those of lower stature to clean up. I urge dog owners to show more responsibility and more enjoyment of dog walking and to clean up after their dogs.

Bob Hyslop

Osoyoos, B.C.


One Comment

  1. Phyllis

    January 6, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I have taken my dogs many times to the dog park. I have to say I have never seen “heaps” of poop. I’ve never seen it deplorable either. Never had kids bringing in shoes from school covered in poop either. I understand it does happen, not sure about calling others a dolt and going on rant about it.

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