“We went to a town meeting because we have been so concerned with this issue,” said Ms. Spencer. “Some people let their dogs defecate right in front of our shop and they just walk away and leave it there.”
The owners have supplied a container out in front of their shop for people to clean up after their dogs but they say it isn’t working.
“It is a problem and I am getting sick of it,” said Ms. Spencer. “When we walk our dogs we always bring bags with us. We are like the poop patrol. I clean up after my pets so why can’t other people do the same?”
According to Ms. Spencer, it has become such a problem that if people do not start picking up after their dogs in front of their shop she may start refusing them service.
“I have a bucket in front of my shop and they still refuse to use it for their dogs,” she said. “I end up going out and cleaning it up and it is becoming very frustrating.”
She says it isn’t just a problem in front of her business. She has seen the same thing happening on the Grand Bay West boardwalk.
The town says it is aware of the problem and they are working at getting more signs out in the parks and around town.
“We have ordered in extra signs and bag dispensers,” said Melvin Keeping, town manager. “We know it is an issue. People are going to have to be educated to pick up after their pets.”
According to Mr. Keeping, town council decided against passing a by-law on this issue. It is hard to enforce a by-law when people do not want to follow the rules.
“We do what we can do with what we got but in the end it is up to the pet owners to keep the parks and town clean,” he said. “Hopefully people will follow the signs and do the right thing.”