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Pick Up After Your Pet

May 6, 2020

When I walk down the street, why are there piles of dog feces on the sidewalk? Are there laws that owners of dogs pick up their pet’s feces? Is it not toxic to humans?

The way it makes me feel, is angry! At the owners, it is not the dog’s fault. Most of the time the owner doesn’t care. Don’t people know that feces are hurtful to us. Feces causes zoonotic (a disease that can be transmitted though dog feces to human).

You’re out for a walk, when you step in dog feces, first it changes your mood and attitude to all dogs. Next you track it everywhere— car, home, work or friend’s house. Along with getting it everywhere, if the dog is sick or gets a virus, we can get it through their feces.

I like animals, and share a service dog with my girlfriend, so I know accidents happen but not every time. So if you own a pet, can you please pick up after your pet? You wouldn’t leave a toddler in a soiled dipper all day, or leave the diaper anywhere but the trash, would you? Don’t you pet owners treat your pet like a child?

On the other side of stepping in feces for dogs is, if you step in it with your right foot its good luck, and the left one, bad fortune. So do your part and keep this planet clean. We got nowhere else to go.

Richard Lefrancois

Greenfield

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