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I am so frustrated. There are a bunch of dog owners in my neighborhood who have decided that they do not need to pick up after thier dogs. There is dog poop all over the strips of grass between the sidewalk and the street. It is getting so bad that when the wind blows my house smells like poop. I have googled and I can not find the exact ordinance stating the fine for not picking up after your dog, but I know it is there somewhere. Also who do I call to try and get in enforced. My DH spent an hour picking up other peoples mess on saturday just to get rid of the smell and it is already stinking again! I am going to snap!!!!! This has got to stop. Does anyone have an ideas for me?
 

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Your city may have a website with numbers and departments.<br><br>
If that's no good, call the police non-emergency number and ask who you should report this to.
 

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First, take photo's if you see people letting their dog poop there.<br>
Even better if you know where they live.<br><br>
Put up signs that either say 'Curb your dog' or a sign that says they need to pick up after their dog.<br><br>
You can also call your town hall to find out who to report to.
 

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This site has some good information about pet waste and why it's bad for our environment (way more fecal coliforms than other animals, and very high nutrient load, etc). Maybe you could find some way to distriubute this information to your neighbors?<br><br><a href="http://tappwater.org/pollution-petwaste.aspx?a=viewPost&PostID=9906" target="_blank">http://tappwater.org/pollution-petwa...st&PostID=9906</a>
 

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Do you live in a subdivision with deed restrictions? I know our subdivision's deed restrictions have things about cleaning up after your dog, and that is enforced by the developer of the subdivision. So, if you can get a copy of your deed restrictions, see if there is something about it.<br><br>
Worse comes to worst, you can always scoop it up, stick it in a bag, attach a "dear neighbor, since you didn't clean up after your pet, let me help you out" note, and put it on the offending pet owner's front steps. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">: J/K. Kind of. LOL!
 

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The neighborhood by my kids school seems to have had a issue with this in grassy areas that divide a road.I noticed the city put up signs that showed a dog pooping and that you will be fined for not picking up after your dog.<br><br>
It is afterall a health hazard,so I would get the city and the health dept. involved.<br><br>
I was just reading a thread over at backyard chickens about detering dogs from the yard.Get some bulk cheap HOT pepper flakes and put it in the yard.Dog hates getting a sniff of that.Replace the grassy areas with something VERY uncomfortable for the paws.<br><br>
If I were outside and saw someone doing the deed I would tell them to clean it up. Or I would get their addy(by following them) and report them.Eventually the city will fine them,because EVERY city needs a little more income <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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People are more likely to pick up if they feel "everyone" does. So part of the problem you've got is that the social pressure to pick up the poop has gone away in your neighborhood. Sprinkling the whole area with red pepper or what have you will encourage the dogs to go poop elsewhere, and then instead of seeing "well, why should I pick up, no one else does?" the owners will be faced with an empty space with their dog's poop.<br><br>
Of course, by now, they probably don't even carry bags anymore. Ewwwwwwww
 

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I'm not sure who you could call, but I found this little sign you could post in your yard. Maybe they just need a little reminder of pet etiquette.<br><br><a href="http://www.allsignsco.com/nopoop.html?gclid=COuegsTR2aECFRCfnAodoj9NKg" target="_blank">http://www.allsignsco.com/nopoop.htm...FRCfnAodoj9NKg</a><br><br>
Sign and post around 20 bucks!
 

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We struggle with the same issue. We live in a housing association and they always remind people sternly in the newsletter, but people here still let their dogs run around off leash and don't even know when they poop... in the lawn park that's supposed to be for kids to play on! UGH. The kicker is we have a HUGE enclosed greenbelt that has several off leash hours every day, right across the street. People are too lazy to actually walk their dogs just across the street, they just let them out the door on their own. Some day one is doing to get run down <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I love dogs but irresponsible dog owners really annoy me!
 

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One of our neighbors (with a nice fenced in back yard) lets her 2 dogs roam the street to poop. I do plan on putting up a sign but she's the kind of person that doesn't care.<br>
(other people on our street and the next street over walk their dogs and let them poop/pee on our grass. I'm so sick of it.)
 

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Check with your city council representative. DH is on the city council and it was his job this year to talk with the dog owners (it's a tiny town) about picking up after their pets and making sure they're licensed with the city and up to date on shots. Obviously if you're in a big town it's not going to be that personal, but that's where I'd start.
 
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