Loading...
Off the Leash Off the Leash

Town returns dog poop to owners

Feces sent to residents in boxes labeled 'lost and found.'

By Vetstreet Aug 8, 2013 5:54PM

A small suburb of Madrid, Spain, has found a unique way of getting residents to clean up after their dogs.

For two weeks, the town of 10,000 residents had volunteers carry out a sting operation in the town’s park. They’d watch for owners who hadn’t picked up their dog’s poop and approach them to pet the dog, casually asking for the dog’s name and breed — which was enough information for them to find the owner’s address using a registry at the town hall.

Town returns owner's dog poop / File photo of a couple walking their dog (Fotosearch/Getty Images) Then, they’d carefully package the poop in a box with the town’s seal and a “lost and found” label, and have it delivered to the owner’s home.

Bing: Health hazards of dog feces

The shaming campaign seems to have worked. Several months later, Mayor Borja Gutiérrez says there’s been a 70 percent improvement in picking up after canine residents.

“It’s your dog, it’s your dog poop,” Gutiérrez said. “We are just returning it to you.”

— Read it at The New York Times

More from Vetstreet:
Why does my dog… kick grass after pooping?
Why does my dog… eat poop?
This big dog has a heartbreakingly short lifespan
Why are some owners obsessed with talking about their pets’ poop?
12 loudest dog breeds

Friend us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and find us on Pinterest.

Photo: File photo of a couple walking their dog (Fotosearch/Getty Images)

313Comments
Aug 14, 2013 11:58PM
avatar

A neighbor on our street had a dog that they brought across the street to do its business which it always did on our sidewalk.  My wife's grandmother had had enough - she scooped up the last "offering", walked across the street and flipped it into the dog owner's boat (right on the seat) that they had parked on a trailer along the curb.  Never had that problem again!

Aug 14, 2013 4:18AM
avatar
Awesome!  GD Irresponsible dog owners are worse than the dog turds themselves!  Why is there a need for so many dammed dogs, in the first place?  
Aug 14, 2013 12:39AM
avatar
And yet adults don't want to be treated like children. This is exactly why we have to tell them that eating junk food, drinking pop, smoking is bad for you, and restaurants are forced to change ingredients because adults can't make decent decisions on their own.
Aug 13, 2013 8:03PM
avatar
I lose sh*t all the time - always happy to have it returned to me.
Aug 13, 2013 7:08PM
avatar

I have picked up cigarette bbuuttttss that careless people dropped (still burning) and followed them.  I return it and say "here- you dropped this."  They seem bewildered.  I know that sounds extreme, but they do contain toxins that leach into the water supply, and they do start fires.

 

Aug 13, 2013 6:24PM
avatar
I like how they put a percentage of improvement on the amount of poop being picked up after canines. I would like to shake the hand, er maybe not, of the man who kept that data. 
Aug 13, 2013 5:54PM
avatar
That's quite ingenious!  People should pick up after their pets it's called being a responsible pet owner ... DUH!   I personally wouldn't be too happy if I stepped in the stuff ... YUK not to mention the mess on the bottom of your shoe. 
Aug 13, 2013 5:36PM
avatar
Awww that's so kind of them, I'd want people to return my poop to me if I lost it too :D
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?

pics, advice, info and stories for pet lovers

  • Puppy friends (Photo: Courtesy of Mikkel Becker)

    Can dogs have best friends?

    The strong bonds that dogs can form are undeniable.

  • Angry cat (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 things your pet won’t tell you

    Think you know your pet’s every unspoken wish? Think again. Your pet is unlikely to be capable of communicating her wants and needs in ways you might assume she would. Even those of you most in touch with your pets' feelings are likely missing a few cues here and there.

  • Chesapeake Bay Retrievers (Photo: Thinkstock)

    10 dog breeds that love and hate the water

    The Chesapeake Bay Retriever made both our readers' and veterinary professionals' lists of breeds that love the water.

  • 7 signs your dog owns you

    7 signs your dog owns you

    You might proudly call yourself a dog owner, pet parent or canine guardian, but let’s be real: Your dog owns you. You might be laughing now, but think about it — you've surrendered the best seat on the sofa to him, you plan your entire weekend around his trips to the dog park, and you take him to the groomer more often than you get your own hair cut. And let's not forget who's in every photo on your Facebook and Instagram feeds. Sound familiar? We thought so. But in case you still think you're in charge, here are seven classic signs that your dog is the one calling the shots.

  • 9 unusual dog breeds

    9 unusual dog breeds the vet is seeing more of

    One of the best things about being a veterinarian is all the different dogs I get to meet. Of course, I love the Labs and Beagles and Boxers and Poodles, not to mention those crazy Canine Cocktails, or what my parents used to call Heinz 57s. They are among the more popular dogs out there, and I see a lot of them. In fact, it used to be that it was rare to see anything else. Here are nine dog breeds I sometimes see now that I didn’t see in the past.

  • Shaving dog (Credit: Thinkstock)

    10 dog breeds that shed the most and least

    We asked veterinary experts and readers which breeds they think and if it is OK to shave longhaired pets in the summer.

  • Maine Coon

    12 kid-friendly cat breeds

    If you're searching for a breed that may enjoy the company of a kid, we have some great suggestions for you.

  • Labrador Retriever

    9 large dogs that can be good for families

    When searching for the right dog to add to your family, your first instinct might be to bring home a tiny little thing that your kids can cradle in their laps. But we're here to remind you that the best fit for you may be a large dog breed.

  • Akita

    11 stubborn dog breeds

    Many breeds were developed to do work that required them to act independently. Those dogs tend to be smart, but as family pets, they may need more leadership and training than others. Ultimately, though, they’re worth it. Here are 11 dog breeds that tend to have independent personalities.

  • Chimera cat with interesting facial colors

    13 pets with cool coats and markings

    Many of us here at Vetstreet are fascinated by pets who have unique coats and cool shapes hidden in their markings. So we asked our Facebook fans to share pictures of animals that have interesting coloration, and you did not disappoint. From mustachioed cats to a horse of a different color, here are our 13 favorite photos of pets with cool coats.

  • Jack Russell Terrier

    Dog breeds most likely to chew something up and land in the ER

    We surveyed 284 veterinary professionals (including vets, veterinary technicians and office staff) to see which breeds they felt were most likely to chew something they shouldn't and wind up in the veterinary emergency room, and we've listed the top five answers below. Do you agree with their opinions? Which breeds would you add to the list?

  • ​Simone Pievani, Getty Images // ​Simone Pievani, Getty Images (​Simone Pievani, Getty Images)

    Help your pet brave the Fourth of July fireworks

    This Fourth of July, Americans will celebrate with the sights and sounds of fireworks. While we love the pyrotechnics, it's important to remember that our patriotic midsummer spectacular is no holiday for many of our pets.

Loading...
buzzing now on msn living
Loading...
family videos
editor's pick
Loading...