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Owners of those little dogs seem to think there is a social agreement that when the weather is bad or it is snowing or it is very late at night or they just got dressed and can't be bothered it is ok to not pick up after their little dog. I specify little dogs becuase I've noticed an increase in dog shit ont he street the past year and its always from a little dog. Or a huge squirrel. Its probably the same 4 or 5 assholes. My friend confronted a dumper once and she went ballistic on him, so there is probably some mental illness involved.
A woman, her two kids and their little dog were at 11th and B over the weekend; the dog squatted and unloaded, and the woman stopped, waited and when the pooch was done kept walking. I yelled, "Hey? Are you gonna clean up your dog's shit?" She looked at me like I was speaking in tongues, and kept going, completely ignoring the pile of steaming crap her beast had left in the middle of the sidewalk. I guess, since there's no enforcement, some people see no reason to clean it up any more.
Every time I've caught an owner not cleaning up after their dog, it was either (a) someone with a mental handicap, or (b) an old abuela that's lived on the block for decades. I don't have the chutzpah to say anything to either group.Now, those that let their male dogs pee indiscriminately—on steps, stoops, storefronts, cellar doors, garbage bags, anything—are much more likely to be the self-absorbed know-nothings we love to hate.
My girlfriend and I were getting our cat fixed on the ASPCA truck on Saturday. While in line with about 25 other dogs, one of the owners (not sure who because we were so far back) let their dog crap in the line and didn't pick it up - eventhough the ASPCA had free bags. Every one else, with their dogs and cats, had to walk over it to get into the truck.Who are these people that think the public streets are their front yard?
"Its probably the same 4 or 5 assholes."Very funny.
My dog and I avoid two really vicious dogs and their oblivious owner at the Tompkins Square dog run. One day I see the three of them on East 10th Street and one dog has a huge poop and the owner keeps walking.. toward me. Our eyes meet, she knows she's busted, and starts rooting through her pockets. I just waited.Eventually I say, "I have an extra bag, do you want it?"She grabs it out of my hand, turns her back to me and picks up the poop. No thanks, no apology. Bad owners make bad dogs.
Thank you, emily.
"Now, those that let their male dogs pee indiscriminately—on steps, stoops, storefronts, cellar doors, garbage bags, anything"I've also been "instructed" by signs and LES "Sheriff Deputies" that smaller trees are a no-no because it's bad for the roots and it might kill surrounding plants. Ditto trees with wrought-iron fencing. Also city wire garbage cans because the delicate hands of the trash collector apparently have to remain sterile. So where, exactly am I supposed to train and diligently instruct my dog, who speaks no English by the way, to relieve himself? Just wondering.
@Tom,NYC has a law that specifically requires you to "curb your dog". What that simply means is that you are to lead (using the leash) your animal into the street next to the curb and have them relieve themselves there. I know it sounds impossible, but believe it or not, people in this city trained their dogs to do it this way for decades. There even used to be these huge Sanitation water trucks that would spray down the streets at curbside during alternate side cleaning.
@ anon1:16 PMWow. you were so patient in your reply to Tom.You must have a lot of experience dealing with the mentally handicapped.Thank you.
I'll tell you what, I'll be happy to lead my dog to the curb just as soon as the sanitation trucks come back and make sure that the curb isn't littered with broken bottles, pizza crusts, half-eaten food containers, to say nothing of the puddles of puke my genteel and oh-so civilized neighbors are kind enough to leave behind every damn day. The people in this city are 1,000 times more filthy than a little dog pee. As soon as the laws against littering, vomiting and human urination are being enforced, I'll be pleased to co-operate.
@Tom I was just thinking the same thing. Is my dog's pee the RUINATION of your neighborhood? If you think it is, you should probably open your eyes a little bit. There are bigger problems in this neighborhood. A lot of people with dogs actually live here so they respect it more than a lot of the population ie, students, drunk weekenders, transients. And it's so easy to hide under the veil of anonymity when name-calling. Rude.
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