Dear Editor,

I am writing concerning the paths our children walk and ride bikes on to and from school every day. There is one particular path in my neighborhood that goes by an elementary and a middle school. Every morning there are a lot of kids of all ages walking and riding bicycles to school. It is a dirt path beside a wash and is used by a variety of walkers, runners, bicyclists and dog walkers. There is always dog poop on the path. Sometimes it is on the side, sometimes it is in the middle of the path.

Beside the fact that it is inconsiderate of the dog owner to leave their pet feces where others use the same area; my main concern is the unsanitary aspect of it. Not only adults, but a lot of children use these paths. It is very easy to accidentally step in the poop or accidentally ride over it with a bike. In doing this it gets spread to other areas and possibly to hands. Kids are not as careful and watchful for germ spreading things. They will just wipe with anything on anything.

It has been estimated that a single gram of dog waste can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause cramps, diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans. (www.doodycalls.com)

According to Pima County Law:  “Cleaning up after your dog is governed by the same section of the Code, 6.04.030. It notes that it is unlawful for the owner or the person with custody of the dog to fail “immediately” to “remove and dispose of in a sanitary manner,” any dog poop deposited on public property or on private property without the consent of the property owner. A person who commits such a violation is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor, for which the penalties may include a fine of between $100 and $500; up to 30 days in jail; and/or one-year probation.”

How is this enforced? What will cause pet owners to care?  What will make pet owners responsible? Am I the only one seeing this?”

Dorothy Pined

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