Monday, April 5, 2010

This Happens So Often!

Who let the dogs out on Varsity Rd. and then left a bag of pooch poo by the curb?
Shame on you. It’s been heating up on the street for days. Come pick it up and dispose of it properly. And if you’re too lazy to do the right thing, drop it in front of your own house next time.
The Fixer has seen plenty of those little black bags littering city streets and one doesn’t have to look inside to know what they’re filled with.
Randomly tossed bags of excrement are a pet peeve (pardon the pun) of The Fixer and Vladas, who lives on Underwood Ave., at Varsity. He recently stopped to chat outside his front yard and complain about pet owners who walk their dogs in the neighbourhood and let their pets pee and poo on his boxwoods at the edge of his lawn. It’s upsetting to the senior who said he can see dogs doing their business from his front window but he doesn’t confront their owners fearing retribution.
“I like dogs, but sometimes their owners aren’t nice,” said Vladas who likes to keep things neat and tidy. He hopes dog owners will be more courteous and considerate in the future when it comes to his property. As for the bags, they should be taken home and disposed of properly rather than left on the street under someone else’s nose, Vladas advised.
We spoke with Lance Cumberbatch, a municipal licensing and standards officer with the city who confirmed that the municipal code is very clear when it comes to litter including pet excrement. Chapter 548 of the Municipal Code says its against the law and prohibited for anyone to litter or dump garbage. The only way to catch offenders is in the act. A conviction under the act carries a fine of $305 plus administrative fees. Chapter 608 of the act covers parks and requires dog owners to pick up and remove dog excrement and dispose of it in a sanitary manner in a trash can.
Of course, the best pet owners are those who voluntarily comply with the rules.

**Taken from the Toronto Star

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