Woodbury Resident: Please Clean Up After Your Dog

Sidewalk chalk messages left for neighbors about dog poop along trails in Bailey’s Arbor.

Katie Churchill wasn’t pleased with people not picking up their dogs’ leavings in Woodbury’s Bailey’s Arbor neighborhood.

So she left some notes for neighbors.


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Tara Schlattman January 29, 2013 at 08:39 PM
On behalf of Woodbury Dog owners that CLEAN up after their dogs, thank you Katie!
Kris Janisch January 29, 2013 at 08:44 PM
Gotta say I love these photos.
Susan Monty January 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Good for Katie! Nice colors for the signs, too. :-) Cute dog! Have there been any improvements, I wonder? Dog poop along the walking trails in winter, goose poop in summer.
Kim Wolfe January 29, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I woke up to my driveway looking like that once. Yuck!
Sunny January 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM
I live along a walking path near Valley Creek and Woodbury Dr and this is what I see every day! Grrr you lazy dog owners!
Kris Janisch January 29, 2013 at 11:29 PM
From folks on our Facebook page in response to this, the same issue at: Interlachen around the pond Preserve Meadows Bailey Road path Off-leash dog park And somebody's townhome
Kris Janisch January 29, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Not that I didn't chuckle jeanine, but I had to delete that comment for profanity. For those wondering she said it was "some funny (crap)."
Mike Kazmerski January 30, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Please add the trails around Wilmes Lake to the list. It's really a very small minority of dog owners. We live right on the trail and the majority bring a bag and clean up. A few, however, will even leave the cr__ right in the middle of the sidewalk.
Kris Janisch January 30, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Good point Mike. To me, it seems like it's just a few people who never do it, rather than different folks forgetting a bag from time to time. I could be wrong though.
michael westfall January 30, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Considering the potential for dogs passing their parasites to humans, you are being a good citizen to clean up after your own dog, but always remember, there is no one to pick up after the stray dogs, coyotes, foxes, etc. You might even consider picking up one extra on each walk to help with those "unowned" canine friends as well. Michael Westfall, DVM
Kris Janisch January 30, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Hadn't thought of that Michael.
Sunny January 30, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I always pick up and I have even be yelled at from a kitchen window to "pick that up" as my dog is "busy". I held up my bags in hand and smiled :) How I'd like to yell out the window but I won't go that far.
Micheal Foley January 30, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Did you get the idea from this?: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/26/170321680/not-just-a-fashion-hot-spot-paris-is-also-the-capital-of-dog-mess
SomeGuy January 30, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Leashes as well - city ordinance requires a leash any time a dog (or cat or other domestic animal) is beyond the owners' property. Same ordinance requires owners to clean after their animals beyond the property (and I don't think simply bagging it and leaving the bag counts). This is for heath and safety reasons, as well as quality-of-life issues. As a dog owner, I do carry bags when walking my dog to clean up after him. And I leash him.
Crista Walsh January 30, 2013 at 04:38 PM
You can add Markgrafts lake to your list of dog offenders to... There are times when a dog owner may be caught a bit off guard - we used to only take one bag but often found half way around the lake you'd need another - but there are even bag stations provided over by City Walk. Its part of owning a dog!
kal55128 January 30, 2013 at 04:44 PM
That is a good MPR article! And Michael, I agree, I could do a better job at picking up random piles left by other dogs/animals. My plan is to go out early on this spring and grab as much as I can with a pooper scooper.
Micheal Foley January 30, 2013 at 04:47 PM
It's NPR.
Doomsdaydaughter January 30, 2013 at 04:54 PM
You can add Timberlea Park to the mix as well. We have one homeowner that thinks since they live on the park and have a dog its their own personal exercise yard and their dog can just run freely to do its business.
KallyGirl January 30, 2013 at 06:28 PM
We have the same issue around our area on the sidewalks and then in some of our common grass area's. It is not hard to pick up your dog crap! You can even get poop bags really cheap on E-bay. If you can not pick up your dog Crap you should not be able to have a dog. Thank you Katie!
Kris Janisch January 30, 2013 at 08:20 PM
How do you broach the topic with neighbors? I swear once a week there's a "neighbor dispute" in the police reports related to this.
Simon D January 30, 2013 at 11:19 PM
How do we know this poop is from a dog?
Kris Janisch January 30, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Somebody did mention here that it could be from a coyote or something.
Patti Matz January 31, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Woodbury needs to get the Community Service officers out of their trucks and onto the trails issuing tickets. It won't take long for the word to spread...people will start picking it up as long as Woodbury enforces the ordinance.
yomammy January 31, 2013 at 01:00 PM
two plastic bags is WAAAAY to heavy....
yomammy January 31, 2013 at 01:02 PM
same thing my neighbor said....funny thing is i had ZERO crap in my yard before he got his new dog. he was less than impressed with my solution to his dog-do do in my yard...but i cant say what i did with it on here...last time i said it my comment was deleted.
Kris Janisch January 31, 2013 at 03:47 PM
I actually tried to track down the ordinance on the city's site yesterday. But I don't imagine it would be too illuminating.
Doomsdaydaughter January 31, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Sec 16-51 (C) No person who owns or has custody or control of any animal shall cause or permit the animal to be in any public site or open space without having a device for the removal of feces and depository to a proper receptacle located within the public site or open space or upon property owned or possessed by such person. It is unlawful to fail to pick up the feces from a public site or open space.
Kris Janisch January 31, 2013 at 04:26 PM
Thanks Doomsday!
Spring hill 617 February 08, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Can't help but notice the lack of leash on her dog. Do as I say not as I do?
Valerie Kennedy February 15, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Katie, did you also send those photos to our association? We have made complaints to no avail..Maybe if more people send them concerns. I can't understand with all the bag stations... plain lazy! I agree if you can't take care of your dog... don't get one! Sorry to see it is not just our area... irresponsible, lazy people.


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